Kapow! Now You Know: Chia Seeds

Kapow! Now You Know: Chia Seeds

August 14, 2017

 

chia_seeds

Chia Seeds 

Origin: Mexico

Family: Lamiaceae

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These tiny chia seeds are packed with nutrients making them a superfood with energy boosting power. The Mayans actually consumed these seeds to provide tons of energy and endurance, making Chia a powerhouse for workouts. Chia actually means “strength” in the Mayan language. They are loaded with omega-3 fats, protein, vitamins, minerals antioxidants and are a high source of dietary fiber. These seeds are an absolute must for obtaining optimal health! They can be used in baking, as an egg supplement, added to water for optimal health benefits and provide calcium to build strong bones.

Improve Skin Health

  • Rich in antioxidants chia seeds have shown to stop 70% of free radical damage
  • Speeding up skin repair and preventing further damage

Digestive Health

  • Provides 11 grams of fiber per ounce
  • Helps the body balance insulin levels naturally
  • Supports regular and healthy bowel movements, eliminating toxins and waste through our poop
  • Curbs appetite
  • Works as a prebiotic in the gut, supporting the growth of healthy probiotics
  • High source of soluble fiber

Heart Health

  • Reverses inflammation and oxidation in the body
  • Regulates cholesterol, lowers blood pressure
  • Helps the body to naturally absorb fat-soluble vitamins like A, K, E, D
  • Rich in omega-3 fatty acids which are amazing for heart health

Help Treat Diabetes

  • Chia seeds are rich in alpha-linolenic acid and fiber which has been shown to prevent metabolic disorders and insulin resistance, which can lead to diabetes
  • Natural blood sugar regulator

Lose Weight and Build Muscle with Chia Seeds

  • Chia seeds are an excellent source of energy and aids in speeding up the metabolism to burn belly fat and also reduce visceral adipose tissue “belly fat”
  • Top source of plant based protein helping to build lean muscle mass
  • Replenishes antioxidants lost during workouts** add chia seeds to your water to promote hydration and the absorption of electrolytes
  • Chia seeds are high in zinc which increases the leptin in the body a hormone that regulates appetite

Stronger Bones

  • Natural source of plant-based calcium
  • Helps maintain bone mass and strength. It is important that women maintain healthy strong bones, as women are more likely to suffer from osteoporosis, as we lose our bone density faster
  • Pair chia seeds with weight bearing exercises/activities to improve bone health and reverse the loss of bone density

Fight Breast and Cervical Cancer with Chia Seeds

  • Chia seeds are a rich source of alpha lipoic acid and studies have discovered that ALA limits the growth of cancer cells in the breast and cervix

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Much love to Rebecca Hammond of Girls Get It - our go-to Nutritionist and Personal Trainer for sharing all this amazing knowledge.