Candice’s Favourite Things: Ch- ch- ch-chia!

With the abundance of over-processed foods and white flour on the market today, rich sources of fiber are harder to come by. To help ensure regularity, you need plenty of soluble and insoluble fiber in your diet. Each seed is coated with soluble fibers which aid its gelling action. The exterior of the seed is protected by insoluble fiber. The insoluble fiber is unable to be digested so instead, it helps keep food moving smoothly through the digestive process. Soluble fiber, and the gel coating of the seed keeps the colon hydrated and ensures the easy movement of food.

Omega-3 oil is usually thought of as “that healthy stuff in fish”. But These magical seeds have the richest plant-source of this healthy oil. In fact, by weight, chia contains more omega 3 than even salmon! Omega 3 oil is important in heart and cholesterol health, and we all need our tickers.

The dreaded 3pm feeling, the afternoon lull. Your energy levels have a lot to do with what you eat. Chia is one of nature’s highest plant-based sources of complete protein that will raise your energy levels. The combination of complete protein, vitamins, minerals and blood-sugar balancing gel all work together to make sure you have steady, never jittery energy.

You know that blueberries and several exotic fruits are filled with anti-oxidants, but did you know that chia is extremely high in anti-oxidants too? These helpful substances are what keeps the Chia Seed stay fresh for so long without a single chemical or preservative. Anti-oxidants help prevent free-radical damage in your body. Free radicals lead to problematic conditions such as premature aging of the skin and inflammation of various tissues.

You can always add calcium to your food by sprinkling chia on your salads, putting it in your smoothies, and even baking with it. By weight, chia has more calcium than whole milk. It also has magnesium and boron, essential trace minerals used in the absorption of calcium and other vitamins. By balancing your vitamins and minerals with chia, you can curb cravings that might tempt you.

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