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9 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Eat Chia Seeds

9 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Eat Chia Seeds

Dating back more than 5000 years since their first cultivation, Chia seeds have now become an extremely popular go-to item within the health community. They are easy on the digestion and offer a mild, nutty flavor, which makes them perfect to add to desserts, smoothies, and porridge. They can be eaten raw, soaked or ground up and happen to be highly nutritious.

In addition to giving incredible energy, Chia seeds also provide many amazing health benefits, especially when consumed frequently. The following things will happen if you eat Chia seeds every week:

1. You’ll improve your digestion

No need to worry if you’re getting enough fiber if you have Chia seeds! Just 80 grams will give you 100% of your daily requirement for dietary fiber, which helps to keep your digestive system running smoothly. It also helps to eliminate toxins and excess waste while keeping you feeling fuller for longer.

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2. You’ll increase your energy levels and endurance

Research has shown that athletes who consume Chia seeds have more athletic endurance than those who don’t. When Chia seeds are soaked they form a gel-like substance, which remarkably contains just as much energy as many popular energy drinks. At 100 calories per spoonful, they are one of nature’s best sources of pure, raw energy.

3. You will lose some weight

The amount of fiber in Chia seeds is enough to shift the scale in the right direction, helping to keep you feeling fuller for longer while ridding your body of excess water and waste. It also contains plenty of zinc, which is known to stimulate leptin: this helps to regulate your hormones and appetite, keeping cravings in control.

4. You will increase your brain power

Chia seeds are an excellent source of easily digestible Omega 3 fatty acids, which are essential for the proper functioning of the brain. It helps to fight depression, both by reducing inflammation and by building up the tissue in your brain associated with happy feelings. It also helps to boost cognitive function and memory retention, giving you a bigger, smarter brain to work with.

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5. You’ll have a stronger, healthier heart

Because Chia seeds are so high in soluble and insoluble fiber, they help to lower cholesterol levels and clear out any harmful inflammation and plaque buildup in the cardiovascular system: this helps to prevent heart disease and heart failure. They are also a rich source of antioxidants, which reduces free radical damage and rejuvenates deteriorating cells, giving you a stronger and healthier heart.

6. You will lower your risk of hypertension

The powerful Omega 3 fatty acids in Chia seeds are great for lowering blood pressure and reducing inflammation. Chia is also packed with magnesium, iron, potassium and antioxidants, which help to give you better quality blood and bring your blood pressure to its ideal level. This means fewer headaches, less sweating and less risk on your life.

7. You’ll reduce your chances of getting Type 2 Diabetes

Chia seeds contain alpha linolenic acid and plenty of fiber, which has been proven to balance blood sugar levels and dramatically reduce the chance of developing Type 2 diabetes. The gel-like soluble fiber helps to slow digestion and prevents insulin resistance and blood pressure spikes, which is a great source of anti-diabetic support.

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8. You’ll have stronger muscles and better workout recovery

Who would’ve guessed that these Chia seeds are a total protein powerhouse? They are one of the densest sources of plant protein, helping to give you strong and lean muscles as well as improving fat burn. Not only that but they are also a rich source of highly absorbable magnesium which has been proven to reduce muscle cramps and speed up recovery after each workout.

9. You’ll have a bigger, better smile

Chia seeds contain the same amount of calcium as a glass of milk, which makes them excellent for maintaining the health of your teeth! They also contain zinc, phosphorus, and Vitamin A which helps to reduce plaque buildup and eliminates bacteria that causes bad breath and gum disease.

Conclusion:

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Chia seeds are so incredibly good for you that you can be excited about adding them to your diet, knowing that they add texture and flavor as well as boosting your happiness and health. They only need to be soaked for 15 minutes, and can serve as a wonderful replacement for eggs in baked dishes, or can easily be added to desserts and smoothies. No matter how you choose to have them, your body will thank you for it, one bite at a time!

Featured photo credit: Kimberly K. via flickr.com

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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

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