The Benefits of Chia Seeds: History & Recipes

It’s strange but true, that novelty Chia Pet gift is now considered a nutritional super food. Chia seeds and their incredible ability to hold water make them a hydrating powerhouse with many other health benefits too. If you are looking to boost the benefits of your water, give Chia seeds a try. It might at first seem like a new and unusual food to you. But before you know it, chia could be a regular part of your diet.

The Water-weight Champion Of The World

Chia comes from a flowering plant in the deserts of Mexico and is known to have been a staple in the diets of ancient peoples in Central America and Mexico dating back to 2600 BC. Chia seeds are also referred to as “warrior seeds” there because it is believed ancient Aztec warriors consumed them on long journeys to sustain their energy and stay hydrated.

The plant sprouts themselves are edible, but it’s the seeds that are so richly hydrating. These tiny little seeds can hold up to 12 times their own weight in water! Not only that, but when soaked they release a digestible form of starch known as saccharide that nourishes the body and can provide an intense energy boost.

When you eat them they slow down digestion and make you feel fuller longer while providing much needed hydration and energy without the fear of a “crash” later.

In addition to their hydrating benefits, chia seeds are also a rich source of antioxidants, Omega-3 fatty acids, dietary fiber, and the essential minerals phosphorus, manganese and calcium. They are also a healthy protein source that combined with their fiber and hydrating properties can make you feel fuller longer while helping to stabilize your blood sugar to avoid dangerous spikes and crashes.

Chia seed’s high antioxidant levels of alpha-linoleic acid (AHA) also help reduce harmful inflammation in the body.

All that in a tiny gluten, lactose, soy, corn-free and non-GMO seed!

Soakin’ It All In

It’s easy to get the hydrating benefits of chia seeds. Place one-part chia seeds to four-parts water and let them soak for about 10 minutes. As the seeds absorb water, they will take on a gel-like consistency.

Since chia seeds have such a mild flavor they can easily be added to many dishes without altering the taste. Mix the soaked seeds into yogurt and fruit parfaits, blend them into smoothies or stir them into sauces. When blended into a fruit shake, you won’t even know they are there.

You can sprinkle the dry seeds onto cold cereal, oatmeal, mix it into brown rice with vegetables to give the dish a bit of a crunchy texture or add them to your salad.

Dehydration Nation

It’s estimated that more than half of Americans are routinely dehydrated. Chronic dehydration leads to severe medical problems like heart disease, joint pain, kidney damage, is linked to obesity and weaker teeth and bones. That’s part of why our Colorado Springs water delivery company has made it our mission to provide high quality water to people across the region.

People often mistake thirst for hunger and reach for a sugary treat. This leads to a sugar crash and fatigue. It’s also a recipe for excessive weight gain and digestion problems since water is essential for proper GI function.

Being dehydrated also causes bad breath, dry, cracked, skin, dull limp hair, fatigue and headaches. None of these symptoms are something you want. And those living and Colorado Springs need to also keep the high altitude in mind. It’s easy to become dehydrated if you are not careful.

Three Cheers For Chia

Incorporating chia seeds into your daily diet will not only aid you in staying properly hydrated, but also offer a host of other health benefits. They can help reduce cholesterol and stabilize blood sugar. When combined with Colorado Springs bottled water, you have a powerful one-two punch!

Studies involving chia seeds and their ability to hold water and stave off dehydration are being conducted with endurance athletes. Consuming chia seeds seems to help the body hold onto electrolytes longer, which are essential components in the blood lost through excessive sweating.

With so many health benefits besides hydrating and no known side effects, adding chia seeds to your diet is a good idea. Unlike other omega-3 rich seeds, they don’t get rancid (think Flax) and can be stored at room temperature for up to three years without losing any of their nutrients.

Chia Water Ancient Aztec Style

You can easily make your own chia water at home. Simple combine one tablespoon of chia seeds with 10 ounces of Colorado Springs bottled water, a tablespoon (or two according to taste) of lemon or lime juice, stir and let soak for at least ten minutes.

Then stir in a little honey and or citrus juice for taste and enjoy!

For a thicker gel, leave the concoction in the refrigerator overnight and mix it into some yogurt, spread it on your English muffin or eat it straight.

When you invite your friends over for some refreshing Chia water, they may be taken aback at first. However, before they know it, they will also be enjoying this tasty and unusual treat.

 

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