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The Standard Process Purification Program is for people who want a simple and efficient way to start living more healthily. Referred to by some as the Standard Process cleanse, it is centered on food, shakes, supplements and exercise. This 21-day structured program helps improve energy, digestion, skin, sleep, thinking and more.

While whole grain and other flours can be involved in the program, it’s important to follow the guidelines on which flours can be consumed at which stage of the program. Before beginning the program, participants should limit their flour intake to only the following types of flour:

  • Brown rice flour: High in fiber, protein, iron and vitamin B.
  • Buckwheat flour: Buckwheat is an excellent source of fiber, as well as a variety of nutrients—including 8 essential amino acids. It is higher in protein and calcium than many flours. Interestingly, buckwheat has a high concentration of flavonoids—phytonutrients that act as antioxidants and maximize the action of vitamin C. Buckwheat can be milled into flour using the Lee Household Flour Mill.
  • Millet flour: A good source of protein, amino acids and fiber. High in manganese, phosphorus and magnesium. Gluten free and easy to digest.
  • Oat flour: Low in cholesterol and sodium, Oats contain more protein, soluble fiber and healthy fats than most flours. Oat groats can be milled into flour using the Lee Household Flour Mill.
  • Quinoa flour: Quinoa provides an excellent source of protein and is easy to digest. Flour milled from this seed also has a superlative amino acid profile, including two rarely found in cereal grains—lysine and threonine. Quinoa can be milled into flour using the Lee Household Flour Mill.
  • Sorghum flour: High in protein, iron, fiber and antioxidents. Sorghum can be milled into flour using the Lee Household Flour Mill.
  • Teff flour: High in protein, dietary fiber, iron, vitamin C, amino acids, and has more calcium than any other grain. Teff can be milled into flour using the Lee Household Flour Mill.

Why these flours? Grains were not always a part of the human diet, especially to the extent that we use them in America today. One of the purposes of purification is to remove foods associated with allergies or sensitivities. In many cases, people aren’t even aware that they have an allergy or sensitivity to a certain food if the symptoms aren’t severe enough to identify the source. The above list contains flours least likely to cause any allergy or sensitivity issues. They are also easy to digest and they support healing within the digestive system, so they are ideal for beginning the purification process.

Because of these characteristics, they are also the flours that should be consumed after the program is completed, slowly integrating grains into the diet to determine any effect they may have. Participants should add one food at a time, waiting at least 3 days before adding another in order to monitor any changes. Potential symptoms to watch for include runny nose, congestion, frequent clearing of the throat and a change in bowels. These could indicate a reaction to the specific food that was reintroduced. Make note of any food that causes these symptoms upon reintroduction and adjust your diet accordingly.

During the 21-day purification, participants should limit their flour intake to:

  • Quinoa flour: Quinoa provides an excellent source of protein and is easy to digest. Flour milled from this seed also has a superlative amino acid profile, including two rarely found in cereal grains—lysine and threonine. Quinoa can be milled into flour using the Lee Household Flour Mill.

Organic whole grains are a valuable source of nutrition, but it’s important to understand the process of purification. Making a transition from all grains to only a select few, then slowly back to all grains will help your body focus on detoxification and give you insight into any potential sensitivities you might have to specific foods.  By following the above guidelines, you can enjoy the nutrition of a variety of whole grains without compromising any benefits of the Purification Program.

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