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11 Facts About Chia Seeds That Will Surely Impress You

11 Facts About Chia Seeds That Will Surely Impress You

Despite being a staple in South American diets for several millennia, chia seeds have only really gained popularity in the Western world in recent years. But why are chia seeds deemed a super food, and how will they benefit your health?

1. Diabetes Combatant

At the present time, studies are being undertaken to determine whether chia seeds are a natural treatment for type-2 diabetes due to their ability to slow down digestion. Furthermore, when they are exposed to liquid, they form a gelatinous coat which stops your blood sugar from spiking.

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2. Digestion

Chia seeds are high in fiber, which is fantastic for your general digestive health. In addition, it can be a natural remedy for constipation and helps to reduce inflammation and keep cholesterol low. A mere 28 grams of chia seeds will provide you with roughly a third of the required daily intake of fiber for adults.

3. Weight Loss

These seeds may be tiny, but they can rather miraculously make you feel satiated for longer. This is for two reasons. Firstly, because they bind together and form a kind of jelly when they get wet, they expand in your stomach, much like rice. As such, you feel fuller for longer. Secondly, they contain tryptophan, which is known for regulating ones appetite, as well as improving your mood and sleeping patterns.

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4. Healthy Teeth and Bones

Calcium can be found in high percentages in chia seeds, which makes them incredibly beneficial for the strength and health of your bones and teeth. A single serving of chia seeds can provide you with an impressive 18% of your recommended daily intake of calcium.

5. Egg Replacement

This is a health benefit for vegans or anyone allergic to eggs. Due to the aforementioned gelatinous nature of chia seeds, once they come into contact with liquid, they make a fantastic replacement for eggs (in baking recipes). To create this replacement, simply mix a tablespoon of chia with three tablespoons of water and let it sit for fifteen minutes. Voila!

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6. Gluten Free

Gluten intolerance is becoming an increasing problem in 21st century society. Luckily, chia seeds provide the texture and benefits of grains whilst being completely gluten free!

7. Packed with Protein

Chia seeds contain a high level of protein, with none of the nasty cholesterol. Protein should be a dietary priority because it helps your body to build and maintain tissue and create new cells–all of which are imperative for it to perform ordinary functions. One serving of chia seeds contain roughly 10% of your daily protein requirements. This is impressive, as the majority of protein rich foods are usually meat based products.

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8. Disease Prevention

Chia seeds are high in antioxidants, which means they can help prevent cancer and heart disease. On a slightly less important note, they also help to keep your skin looking young and healthy. People with a high antioxidant intake are roughly 40% less likely to develop pancreatic cancer and reduce their risk of heart attack by 29%.

9. Healthy Heart

I know we just mentioned lessening heart attack rates, but chia seeds can also keep your heart healthy for a different reason. This super food is incredibly beneficial to your blood pressure, again due to its high level of antioxidants. In fact, people whose have a high intake are 46% less likely to develop high blood pressure.

10. Brain Health

Chia seeds also contain a healthy dose of omega-3 fatty acids. This should be an important part of your diet because it assists in the function and general well-being of your brain. In addition, it also works as an anti-inflammatory and can help to combat depression, diabetes, obesity and arthritis.

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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.

Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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