Why We Soak and Sprout


The health of your intestinal tract is among one of the most important and overlooked factors when fighting any disease, and at Years Restored, it’s something we pay special attention to.

Many people have a condition known as "leaky gut" which causes undigested food, toxins, or bacteria to "leak" through the intestinal wall. This can cause a variety of symptoms, like arthritis, fatigue, and brain fog. It can also contribute to the development of chronic conditions like autoimmune disorders.

To improve gut health, we emphasize soaking and sprouting seeds, grains, nuts, and legumes. This practice vastly 1) decreases lectins that may damage the intestinal lining and 2) improves the bio-availability of the food. Both are important when trying to heal a damaged or "leaky” gut.

Here Are Benefits of Soaking and Sprouting

-       Decrease antinutrients (lectins)

-       Higher nutritional and antioxidant value 

-       Increases the content of amino acids like tryptophan

-       Increases the enzyme content

-       Increase vitamins and mineral content, including Vitamin C, folate, iron, vitamin B 

-       Increases fiber content

In the first stage of regaining your health, we use pseudograins (like quinoa, buckwheat, amaranth, and canahua) rather than grains, because they are much easier to digest than grains for many people.  Pseudograins should always be soaked 8-12 hours prior to use.  Even better is the practice of sprouting them for 2 days. Sprouting for longer than 2 days can cause the sprouted grains to taste sour or bitter and should be avoided.

We have noticed, that our clients have greatly improved their symptoms by avoiding grains and by soaking their seeds (pumpkin and sunflower), pseudograins, and legumes. Clients who struggle with significant weight loss due to malabsorption have regained their weight by adopting these principles. We believe that the speed of the improvement of symptoms is due to decreasing the level of antinutrients in the food by soaking and sprouting.  

Soaking and sprouting—who would have thought that such a simple process could so greatly improve one’s health? 

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Mercy Ballard— Is the founder and Director of Years Restored Lifestyle & Learning. In 2006, she was diagnosed with celiac and rheumatoid disease. Prior to her diagnosis she had been having rapidly failing health. By God’s grace she was able to recover and her condition is in remission. In 2013, the Years Restored Lifestyle Center was founded. Its aim is to help restore people physically, spiritually and emotionally. Years Restored is located in the mountains of Northern California, where she lives with her husband Anthony.

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