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Amazing Healing Properties of Chia Seeds

Updated on January 17, 2015

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.

Try This Simple Smoothie Recipe That Includes Chia Seeds - Now, You will look forward to breakfast

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

* Diabetes

* Celiac disease

* Depression

* Headaches- Are you tired of those constant migraines?

* Heart Attacks

* IBS

* Lowers cholesterol- no cholesterol.

* Lyme Disease

* High blood pressure

* Menopause symptoms - Life is much cooler!

* Panic Attacks

*Thyroid Conditions

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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

How About You? Has Chia Seeds Helped You Get Healthier? - I'd love to hear your story...

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      cheryl 2 years ago

      Chia seeds are great I se adifferance in my once dry hair which is now shiny and my skin looks great

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      pshinde2109 lm 3 years ago

      very informative article...

      10 best recipes of Chia seeds at

      http://healthytips-foryou.blogspot.in/2014/05/10-b...

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      tessmckay 3 years ago

      I did not try the Chia Seeds but it looks like good to a body.

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      Tidalwave 3 years ago

      What a great lens! I was unaware of all the wonderful attributes of Chia seeds and will certainly tracking some down to try. I found the tip regarding the use of Chia seeds to assist in the level of gastric acid very helpful. Thank you.

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      SBPI Inc 4 years ago

      It is amazing what mental stress can do to ones body. I have simply worked hard to eliminate all kinds of stress from my daily life and am, most of the time now, in the present moment. You have written what I believe to be a great lens in that it clearly identifies the route cause of many illnesses. I am quite sure that it is my mental outlook on live events or situations that has helped me maintain good health and I thank God for the gift of knowing how to remain present, deal with whatever is and let it go. Leave in Peace. Thank you for sharing great information on your wonderful lens. Love to all. Jonathan

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      TapIn2U 4 years ago

      Amazing story! I know some people who have had the same condition and they also think stress was the culprit. I never heard about Chia Seeds before this and now that you mentioned it, I'd like to know more about their health benefits. Thanks for the smoothie recipe. Passing this along! Sundae ;-)

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      blessedmomto7 4 years ago

      Just found a recipe for chia seed pudding and had it for dinner tonight.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I started using these almost a week ago, after my father told me about them. He came over one day with his water bottle, I noticed something weird in it, little seed like objects. I asked what they were and he said, they are chia seeds, an ancient Mayan and Aztec super food. They'll give you energy, keep you feeling full, they are loaded with antioxidants and on and on. I had to try them. I went to my local health food store and they were there in bulk bins, I thought, why havn't I heard of these before?? so I now use about a tbsp in my water everyday, and I swear by these seeds! I have started feeling more energy, and way less hunger! Since im trying to lose a few pounds that's a bonus! They are definitely worth a try-

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      Zhana 4 years ago

      I have not heard of chia seeds until now, but I am definitely going to use them to lower my blood sugar level. I have pinned this lens on Pinterest.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      All my life menstraul cycles like clock work, introduced chia seeds to diet and now every two weeks, longer, heavier. Hoping removal from diet will resume back to perfect cycle. Perfect health otherwise and no pharm/supplements ingested. No other new foods introduced either. Same female reactions posted on other sites. Just a heads up for others.

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      funnygusta 4 years ago

      i will try thisd Chia Seeds and will give here my results.preety interesting info.

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      Sharron Calvin 4 years ago from San Luis Valley, Colorado

      @Rosetta Slone: That's interesting. I guess animals know instinctively what is good for them!

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      Sharron Calvin 4 years ago from San Luis Valley, Colorado

      @Rosetta Slone: That's interesting. I guess animals know instinctively what is good for them!

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      Sharron Calvin 4 years ago from San Luis Valley, Colorado

      @bjj james: I think it has to do with Dr. Oz talking about it.

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      Rosetta Slone 4 years ago from Under a coconut tree

      We plant chia on our farm for the chickens to graze on. They instinctively choose it over other things.

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      bjj james 5 years ago

      I am really seeing more about Chia seeds every where I turn.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hi, i.m Irma from Holland. I was very tired, high bloodpressure,have only one kidney, working 70%, very hot flashes, from meno-pause and totally no energy. When I wake up, i,m tired and all day i want to sleep, but I fight against it. I looked very pale and had a dry skin. Now i,m back, my oneself!! Never tired, beautiful skin,healthy color, Now i won,t go to sleep at night, but i jhave to. I,m working again, cooking healthy and not hungry all day.Dropped from 50lb to 40lb. But still eat enough, potatoes, rice, vegetables, fish about 1800 cal. a day. people should not underat, ruins you,re thyroid, you get hypothyroid. Now I,m fine no more hypothyroid, I live and i,m 52!! Yesterday went to a meeting for 50 and older people. I walked all day , could run to the train, going back home. I,m so happy, thank you chia seeds, one tablespoon a day, even my spous and sons are addicted to it. God bless CHIA. I think i,m going to change my religion, sorry God, now I believe in CHIA, forever!!!!!!!!!!

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      ricardolamb 5 years ago

      Great lens here -- i use the hydrated chia seeds in salad dressings -- the gel mixes perfectly into a vinaigrette and it's easy to serve. I love chia and what it has done for my health -- I am 59 and feel 30, chia, acai, and heaps of fresh fruits and vegetables every day. Diet is so interesting to me, always trying new things. Thanks!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have been putting it in my yogurt, and my husband takes in a glass of water. After 4 days I feel like I am 25 again as far as energy goes. My young sons have noticed that i stay up past 7pm and I am getting more done than usual. I hope to drop 20 lbs by Christmas.

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      akunsquidoku 5 years ago

      very interesting..:D

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      sweetstickyrainbo 5 years ago

      they are not just for sprouting pets anymore!

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      LJP 5 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      Chia rolls are awesome!!

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      jenisays 5 years ago

      Has there been any research about chis seeds in healing cancer? Great job, by the way! :)

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      culturenerd 5 years ago

      Excellent article! Was seeking information on chia and finally found what I was looking for.

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      savagebeauty 5 years ago

      Good work on this lens! I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia and hypothyroidism (both contain overlapping symptoms that are connected to adrenal fatigue...see "Beating Fibromyalgia the Natural Way Parts I" and part II). I use chia seeds to reduce the inflammation that I experience which, in turn, helps to relieve a lot of the pain.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Yes!! I love my chia seeds!! I take 2 tablespoons in a glass of mango juice and swallow it down, I've found making smoothies with them isn't appetizing, too much gelling. My hair has gotten so soft and shiney, my nails are stronger, my complexion has improved!!! I am very pleased with chia seeds!!

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      jstarley 5 years ago

      I use chia seeds in my morning smoothies. I haven't really noticed a big difference in my life with the exception of less acid reflux. I like chia seeds for their omega 3 content.

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      thewebartists 5 years ago

      Well I never try it before, but i am thinking to do the same.

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      Emily Tack 5 years ago from USA

      I LOVE chia seeds, and have been eating them for years. Helped with hair and nail growth, a lot. I put them in my husband's "instant breakfast" - which he is not going to stop drinking, but lets me "doctor it up"! Over the years, we have introduced a lot of family members and friends to the wonderful chia seed, and have talked about it on our websites for a long time.

      Great Lens, congrats, and we love them!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I've started to incorporate them into my smoothies. Great stuff!

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      trollet 5 years ago

      Good lens, keep up the good workThorTrollet

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      TTMall 5 years ago

      Beautiful and informative lens. Thanks for sharing.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Wow! this is truly amazing especially about this chai seed you were talking.. I am glad that it save you from experiencing the worst part of your disease. This is a very inspiring story. Thank you for sharing your lens. DePuy Pinnacle Recall

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      athensfever 5 years ago

      A lot of people were diagnosed with Thyroid gland decease especially after the Chernobyl disaster. I didn't know about Chia seeds util I read your lens. I have a little observation about though; When you have Graves disease or or Hyperthyroidism you can only lose weight. You gain weight when you have Hypothyroidism.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thank you for sharing about chia seeds and the benefits that we got from it. Pinnacle Lawsuit

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      Lee Hansen 5 years ago from Vermont

      I just learned something new ... and I'm going to try chia seeds. Hubby has a problem with postassium levels, so they might also be helpful to him.

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      shandigp 5 years ago

      I haven't tried my own chia seeds yet but I tried one of the Chia drinks sold at Whole Foods and I loved it. I'd like to get some to help keep me hydrated during my pregnancy. I've noticed both black and white chia seeds on Amazon. Is there a difference other than color?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I did not know that Chia Seeds have got so much benefits .waw..This has been a new information for me.Thanks a lot for providing me with such an awesome information guys..Nice videos as well.Keep posting great topics like this.:)

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      sinclair89 lm 5 years ago

      Great lens. Thanks for the the info on chia seeds. I am always looking to buy chia seeds at the best possible price. Amazon is definitely the best out there in terms of quality and price.

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      adamfrench 5 years ago

      Impressive lens, definitely thumbs up

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      NTxWriter 5 years ago

      I put chia seeds into my morning smoothie every single day! I also make raw protein balls using chia seeds, ground nuts, almond butter and whatever else I might have around to throw into the recipe. As far as I'm concerned they are a real superfood.

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      Kate Loving Shenk 6 years ago from Lancaster PA

      PS I will also start feeding them to Ulysses, The Dog. He almost died last winter from a rare form of cancer, but I tried 15 different natural remedies that all worked in concert in his healing. Now I have him on an anti-cancer regimen. This will only help him more.

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      Kate Loving Shenk 6 years ago from Lancaster PA

      Count me in. I just bought the seeds here on your lens. If I like them, I will come back and buy in even greater quantities. Also will tell you how I like them. ****Blessed****

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      gia combs-ramirez 6 years ago from Montana

      I've recently added Chia seeds to my diet and am blown away by the difference they are making with my hypoglycemia...

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      Sharron Calvin 6 years ago from San Luis Valley, Colorado

      @anonymous: Awesome story! We need to take care of our 4 legged friends too. Thanks for the inspiration.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I have been giving chia seeds mixed with ground organic meat, eggs and water to form a gelatinous mixture to my senior dogs. Prior to giving them the seed mixture, they were in an aging state (my youngest is 10). After the new addition to their diet they are all more youthful and one senior dog who had an abdominal tumor diagnosed after being on the chia diet underwent surgery to remove a large but benign tumor. He immediately stood up after the surgery, and the physician asked me to come in the ICU to calm him and ask him to lay down. Amazing. I attribute most of this to the chia seed. Chia has to be soaked in a watery mixture to be given to the pets so the chia seeds do not rob excess moisture from their systems. My dogs drink limited water so my chia seed mixture I add to a slow boil stew of cooked veggies about 30 seconds before I remove from the heat. This is my method of killing the possible bacteria in the meats and retaining the maximum amount of enzymes. I feed them the stew with either couscous or a small amount of very high grade kibble. Their main staple is the fresh daily chia stew. They all look and act great.

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      Judy Filarecki 6 years ago from SW Arizona and Northern New York

      Thanks for a great article. I've been eating chia seeds regularly and keeping my blood sugars in control. I've been a little lax in eating them thispast month, and I notice my sugar is slightly up again. Thanks for reminding me

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      bames24 lm 6 years ago

      I have never tried Chia seeds before... or maybe I have but they call it something else... I am not sure... but will try it soon

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Yup, I thought of the chia pets right away and that's all I ever heard of where chia is concerned. Chis seeds sound like a wonder food!

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      CherrrieB 6 years ago

      I am beginning to feel the difference, and less craving for snack foods that are too sweet.

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      Sharron Calvin 6 years ago from San Luis Valley, Colorado

      @AgingIntoDisabi: Glad you found this lens. This tiny black seed has been a lifesaver for me. Let me know how it goes for you.

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      AgingIntoDisabi 6 years ago

      My first time hearing about chia seeds. They have so much benefit that I can see myself incorporating them into a lot of recipes. Thanks!

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      Sharron Calvin 6 years ago from San Luis Valley, Colorado

      @anonymous: I pour 1/4 tsp of dry seeds into her dry food. However, I have put the seeds into her wet food too. Both ways seemed to have worked eliminating the vomiting.

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      Sensitive Fern 6 years ago

      I have some chia seeds that I forgot about and I've been having acid reflux lately...time to go get some. I like just munching on them, even though they get kind of slimy as I chew on them. Blessed!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I have a question about giving chia seeds to your cat. When you say 1/4 tsp., is it of the dry seeds or the chia gel? Thanks.

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      Sharron Calvin 6 years ago from San Luis Valley, Colorado

      @burntchestnut: Sometimes I'm not sure I am noticing anything either until I quit taking it for few days. I have less energy.

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      burntchestnut 6 years ago

      Great lens. I also recently wrote a lens on chia seeds. I can't determine if I feel better from eating chia seeds, but I am losing a little weight due to chia's ability to absorb liquid. This helps keep your food from digesting so quickly and keeps me feeling full longer.

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      WriterBuzz 6 years ago

      Hi there, I just found your lens and really liked it. I gave it a thumbs-up and liked it, because the information is so relevant in today's high stress world. Thanks for providing it, and keep on lensing . . . I just did one on Migraine Headaches that might interest you.

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      Sharron Calvin 6 years ago from San Luis Valley, Colorado

      @AndrewGreen LM: Hi Andrew, I didn't know there was a chia tea?

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      Sharron Calvin 6 years ago from San Luis Valley, Colorado

      @anonymous: Hi Brad, Yes please do. You won't be disappointed. Taking them at least 3 or 4 times a week in a smoothie seems to be balancing my weight.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Great lens! These seeds sound amazing! I have diabetes and high blood pressure plus I am overweight. I am going to have to give them a try! Thanks

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      Sharron Calvin 7 years ago from San Luis Valley, Colorado

      @anonymous: Hi Viktor,

      Thanks for stopping by!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Very Interesting lens!

      I found it so informational I used some of the facts you presented on the chia seeds in my blog on Natural Acid Reflux Remedies

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      AndrewGreen LM 8 years ago

      Useful lens. I will certainly give Chia Tea a go. Hopefully it will give me a bit more energy and help me to stay on Squidoo a bit longer.

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      gia combs-ramirez 8 years ago from Montana

      Great informational lens! I've lensrolled it and added it to my lens called 10 Ways To Naturally Lower Your Blood Sugar.