Anti-inflammatory & Cleansing Health Benefits of Chia Seeds

Chia Seeds
Chia Seeds

Chia seeds are a true superfood. Oddly, they are members of the mint family but they taste totally neutral. This makes them a very versatile food. Chia seeds have been used in ancient cultures for many medicinal purposes such as helping to ease joint pain and digestive issues.

Chia seeds are filled with omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids.

Omega 3 fatty acids are one of the most powerful anti-inflammatory compounds in nature, as well as being great for the brain. Did you know that Chia seeds contain even more omega three fatty acids by weight than salmon does? These tiny seeds are also a complete protein, meaning that they contain all 8 essential amino acids that your body cannot synthesize on its own, and must get from food.

Chia seeds are able to absorb 9 time their own volume in water.

This ability causes them to help your own body retain needed water and electrolytes. You can use them in place of your morning oatmeal by adding a few tbsp. of Chia seeds to almond, hemp or coconut milk and letting it stand for 15-2 minutes, to give the chia seeds time to absorb the liquid.  You can then throw in some fresh or dried berries for a quick cereal.

Chia seeds help to clean out the digestive tract.

They contain high amounts of both soluble and insoluble fibre,  as well as drawing water to themselves. This adds bulk and water to the stools, which is important for keeping your system clean and clear. Chia seeds will also help your body absorb the fat soluble vitamins A, D, E and K, which need fat in order to be properly utilized by the body. Chia seeds are great for helping to keep blood sugar levels stable as well as binding to cholesterol and helping to usher it out of the body.

Ali Washington

Ali is a Holistic Nutritionist. She came to the natural health field when she was 14, as a way of healing chronic stomach aches, skin issues, weight problems and hormonal imbalances. Years of doctors visits, specialist appointments and conventional medicine had never yielded results, so she tried looking for a natural solution. Going vegan in 2007, and 100% raw shortly after that, she was able to heal her body, and was inspired to share what had helped her so much with others.

Ali completed her first diploma in Holistic Nutrition in 2008, Graduating from the Alive Academy. She completed her Hatha Yoga Teacher Training with YogaWorks in 2010, and is currently upgrading her studies at the Institute Of Holistic Nutrition, where she will soon graduate with her Ortho-Molecular Practitioner Designation. She believes that the body is fully capable of healing itself, so long as it is given all the tools to do so.