Amazing Healing Properties of Chia Seeds
My Path To Wellness Includes Chia Seeds
When I was in my early 20's I was diagnosed with Graves Disease or Hyperthyroidism. However, it took three different doctors to figure out why my energy was so low and why I was gaining weight even though I ate like a bird. I was so uncomfortable with myself and probably wasn't thinking very well either. Thankfully, a nurse diagnosed my problem and sent me to an Internal Medical Doctor. I was given three options to get well.
* Cut out my enlarged thyroid
* Have radiation treatments
* Take a little white pill with a long name
I chose the little white pill and managed to get well through sheer will. But, it took about two years before I totally felt myself again. I was told because of the type of condition I had, there was a 50/50 chance I would relive this disease. Then and there was when I started learning about a more natural way to stay healthy.
I believe stress was a major player on why I contracted this disease in the first place. I was in an abusive marriage and working for a very toxic company. But, I did heal or so I thought. Throughout the years, I have had lots of PMS. Nothing too severe but I never did have regular menstrual cycles and I believe it had to do with the condition of my thyroid. I started a regime of vitamins, bodywork( massage, Jin Shin Jyutsu- form of acupressure) soaking in hot springs, etc. All this helped tremendously.
However, about 3 years ago, my upper lip started swelling and I wasn't even injecting Botox! My poor lip did not feel good at all. Fortunately, I found Chai Seeds on Mike Adams website, www.naturalnews.com and ordered some. Within a few weeks, my top lip had gone back to it normal size and I could apply lipstick again without my lip burning. But, there were other benefits of this tiny seed that I never would have imagined. My complexion cleared, my energy levels stabilized and my appetite leveled off.
Below, I have described even more benefits of this forgotten food. Perhaps, it can help you also on your path to wellness.
(Fast forward about 30 years-- 2013-- I just had a blood test for my thyroid and I am perfectly healthy!)
The Many Benefits of the Chia Seed
Chia seeds contain more than 60% Omega-3 fatty acids and have the highest percentage of Omega-3 of any commercially available source, according to Dr. Wayne Coats, perhaps the world's foremost educator on chia seeds.
Remember Chia pets? This is the same material, only you won't be growing a plant. I only ask you to soak the seeds in water and watch them swell. The seeds are tasteless and odorless and therefore won't go rancid, are easy to store, easy to use, and are not contaminated with pesticides, chemicals or heavy metals. Add one tablespoon chia into an eight-ounce glass of water or juice, let sit about five minutes, stir, and then drink. Chia turns into a gel, which can be added to jams, jellies, peanut butter, milkshakes, nut spreads, smoothies, hot or cold cereals, yogurts, mustard, catsup, tartar sauce, barbecue sauces or anything else you can think of.
This is an ancient food source recently rediscovered that was known for its endurance. "Chia" is the Mayan word for strength. Chia seeds had been a staple for the American Native people for centuries (long before the Chia Pet hit the market). The Aztecs considered it to be extremely valuable for healing - from cleaning the eyes to helping heal wounds, topically, to relieving joint pain and so on. Aztec warriors would eat chia during hunting trips, and the Indians of the Southwest would eat only chia seed mixed with water as they ran from the Colorado River to the Pacific Ocean to trade products.
These tiny black seeds contain large amounts of B vitamins and calcium. In roughly two ounces of chia (100 grams), there are 600 milligrams of calcium, contrasted with 120 milligrams of calcium in the same amount of milk. That's five times as much calcium than milk!
Chia also contains boron which aids in the metabolism of calcium, magnesium, manganese, and phosphorus for bones and muscle growth. Since our nation's soil is so boron depleted, we simply are not getting enough of this mineral in our daily diets. Boron also can increase the levels of natural estrogen.
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Chia Seeds Gel-forming Property is a Dieter's Dream
The seeds tends to slow digestion and sustain balanced blood sugar levels, which can be helpful in preventing or controlling Diabetes. Water-soaked chia seeds are easily digested which results in rapid transport of chia nutrients to the tissues for use by the cells. For the dieter, this means feeling full with no more peaks and valleys in blood sugar levels. Because the Chia seed produces a thick mucilage in water, it absorbs up to 30 times its weight in water. This means that once its in the body, debris from the intestinal walls flakes off to be eliminated efficiently and regularly. A daily dose of chia seed provides an excellent fiber source and most people notice a different in less than a week.
More Reasons to Eat Chia
*2 times the protein of any other seed or grain,
*2 times the amount of potassium as bananas,
*3 times the reported antioxidant strength of blueberries
*3 times more iron than spinach
One woman manages her Acid Reflux with chia because of the highly absorbent properties. She swallows a Tsp of dry seeds with just a little water. Then drinks a glass of water a few minutes later, so the seeds can do their job of absorbing the acid in her stomach. It is necessary to drink enough water after taking the chia because if there isn't enough liquid in your stomach, the seed will draw from the tissues instead. By allowing the seeds to first absorb the acid, then drinking some more water, this woman is able to very simply, effectively and cheaply handle her condition.
I've been incorporating at least two tablespoons of chia seed into my diet everyday. The gray in my hair has lessoned and the original color is resurfacing, I no longer have numbness in my fingers when I wake up in the middle of the night, my fingernails are noticeably harder and aren't chipping or breaking any longer, the swelling of my top lip is no longer an issue and I am experiencing very little menopause symptoms. Need I say more?
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And other medical conditions Chia Seeds may relieve
One pound of chia seeds lasts quite a few months using only a couple of tablespoons a day
* Celiac disease
* Headaches- Are you tired of those constant migraines?
* Heart Attacks
* Lowers cholesterol- no cholesterol.
* Lyme Disease
* High blood pressure
* Menopause symptoms - Life is much cooler!
* Panic Attacks
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How Are You Using Chia Seeds?
Valuable Nutrient for Your Pets Too!
Chia is not just for people; dogs, cats and even horses will benefit by the elements found in this seed. I can attest to that. My 11 year tabby cat has had an intestinal problem since she was young, but since I have been adding 1/4 teaspoon mixed into her food, she no longer vomits after every meal. Which is nice to not have to clean up.
Isn't it Time to Introduce Chia Seeds Into Your Diet for a Healthier You?
Your local health food store may carry Chia Seeds and even Walmart now carries this product in the pharmacy section.
And one more note about Chia Pets. Even though Chia seeds are too sticky for conventional sprouting jars, they do sprout very easily when spread out on earthenware. The Mexicans have long made earthenware in the shapes of Chia Pets, and yes, you can eat the sprouts that grow on the Chia Pet. They taste like watercress (but better), and are full of vitamins and minerals, just like the seeds