4 Reasons to Eat Chia Seeds Everyday

4 Reasons to Eat Chia Seeds Everyday

Chia seeds may be tiny, but don’t be fooled…These little guys are packed with some serious nutrients and energy. Also known as “runner’s food” or “warrior food” by the ancient Aztecs and Mayans, these seeds are loaded with protein, omega 3 fatty acids, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and fiber.

How to Consume Chia Seeds

Chia seeds, have a light, nutty flavor, and can be consumed in a few different ways. The first way is eating them whole. Throw a tablespoon or two in a smoothie, in your oatmeal, or in your salad. Eating chia seeds whole will provide many health benefits, but some research states that even more nutrients can be obtained by soaking them or grinding them first. To soak chia seeds, put a 1-2 tablespoons in a cup of water and allow them to sit and soak for 30 minutes to an hour. When chia seeds soak in water, they form a gelatinous texture, which allows them to hold about 10 times their weight in water. The ability that they have to hold onto water will help immensely when you consume them with dehydration and increased mineral intake. This texture also makes them great to cook with. One of my favorite ways to cook with them, is by using them to make a healthy “pudding” when you mix a flavored protein powder or cocoa powder with a non-dairy milk, such as coconut milk, and add in a few tablespoons of chia seeds and let it sit, it will form the consistency of pudding. Chia seeds can also be used to substitute egg when cooking. One egg called for in a recipe= 1 tablespoon of chia seeds soaked in 3 tablespoons of water.

Here are 4 benefits of eating chia seeds daily:

1) Antioxidants

Eating chia seeds help fight free radicals in the body. Free radicals are what increase aging, especially skin aging, and contribute to cancerous cells, heart disease, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.

2) Blood Sugar Regulation

With chia seeds having such a high fiber and healthy fat content, the NIH has recognized that consuming them have a positive affect on balancing one’s blood sugar. Studies have shown very positive affects on consuming chia seeds with type 2 diabetes. “Among people with type 2 diabetes, supplementing with chia seeds for 12 weeks resulted in reduced systolic blood pressure and significant decreases in A1C, a measure of a person’s average levels of blood glucose.

3) Increased Energy and Faster Workout Recovery

Chia seeds are able to absorb approximately 10X their weight in water. This allows them to expand once they’ve been consumed, creating a feeling of being more full and having less cravings. It also increases hydration and with the extra protein, fiber, healthy fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals that are packed into this little seed, allows the body to gain a lot of energy and decrease inflammation. Because of the powerful anti-inflammatory effects that chia seeds have on the body, it makes them an ideal food to increase before, during, and after workouts. Chia seeds also have a high content of zinc, which will help increase endurance because of zinc’s ability to regulate the hormone leptin.

4) Gut Health

Leaky gut syndrome occurs when the lining of your digestive tract allows substances to pass through that a healthy gut would otherwise not allow, such as bad bacteria, gluten, and toxins. This causes an array of symptoms such as food sensitivities, fatigue, thyroid issues, skin issues, increased weight, headaches, and digestive issues. Consuming sprouted chia seeds will help with leaky gut syndrome because the high fiber content will help support the growth of healthy bacteria in the gut. The omega-3 fatty acids that chia seeds also provide, will help decrease the inflammation of the gut lining as well.

Chia seeds are extremely easy to add to any recipe. I love adding them to smoothies or a spoonful mixed in my drinking water daily. When starting to incorporate them into your everyday diet, start small and add them gradually. Also make sure you are drinking plenty of water throughout the day because of the high fiber content. The benefits that these tiny seeds bring are amazing. What are your favorite ways to enjoy chia seeds?

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  • Melissa Palmer

    Chia seeds and oatmeal are so delicious.

  • Felipe Rodriguez

    Apparently chia seeds cover almost every aspect of good health.

  • Sam Mackay

    They ought to put chia seeds into school lunch programs!

  • Benjamin Becker

    I have been eating chia seeds for a year now. I feel fantastic. Very good article. Thank you.

  • Charlotte Bishop

    When I feel bloated I have some chia seeds and it helps a lot!!

  • Kylie Caldwell

    I soak them first in about a quarter cup of water, then I add my favorite juice to the water with the soaked chia seeds and I drink it, it's great for reducing belly fat and it keeps you full.

  • Sophie King

    Made me hungry !

  • Andrew Hawkins

    Chia seeds have blood thinning effect. Eat in moderation, never over compensate no matter how fantastic one type of food is.

  • Elaine Butler

    Very helpful. Thanks

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Dr. Kasey Johnson

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Dr. Kasey Johnson is passionate about helping families, especially children, reach their highest health potential. Her main goal is to educate families on steps that they can take to remove the interference in their health to help break the cycle of the current "sick-care" system. She has given many lectures on wellness in the community, worked with local schools and businesses, and had a health and wellness radio show with a team of doctors in 2015. Dr. Kasey Johnson is the host of a weekly podcast called The Unlock Wellness Podcast, where she speaks to health experts, community leaders, and inspiring people who are dedicated to helping others reach their highest potential. Her podcast is available on iTunes, SoundCloud, YouTube, and GooglePlay. Dr. Kasey Johnson attended Palmer College of Chiropractic, Florida Campus, to obtain her Doctor of Chiropractic. 

   

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