Are you on your second cup of coffee and still feel like you are lacking energy? Perhaps you should give this ancient superseed a try!
Chia means “strength” in the Mayan language, and Chia seeds were known as “runners food” because runners and warriors would use them as fuel while running long distances or during battle.
According to my friend, who is a marine, US soldiers eat chia to keep their energy levels high for prolonged periods of time.
Chia delivers maximum nutrients with minimum calories and promotes digestion, energy and detoxification of the body. The nutritional profile of chia ranks it high in foods rich in fiber, omega-3 fats, protein, vitamins and minerals. Chia contains essential fatty acids alpha-linolenic and linoleic acid, mucin, strontium, 20% protein, Vitamins A, B, E, and D, and minerals including calcium, phosphorus, potassium, sulphur, iron, iodine, copper, zinc, magnesium, manganese, niacin, thiamine, and anti-oxidants.
Chia slows digestion and keeps you feeling fuller longer
What makes Chia so unique is that it can absorb up to 10X its own weight in water. Because of this, chia seeds can prolong hydration and improve nutrient absorption of electrolytes. This also slows digestion and keeps you feeling fuller longer reducing sugar cravings.When consumed, chia seeds create a gelatin-like substance in the stomach. This gel-forming action is due to the soluble fiber in chia seeds and it can work as a prebiotic supporting the growth of probiotics in the gut.
Chia is high in fiber so start out with a small amount and be sure to drink plenty of water. Look for sprouted chia, when this superseed is sprouted it unlocks even more of the nutrients and improves it’s digestibility.
What is the best way to consume chia seeds?
I like to mix them with water or iced tea. I also add them to my morning shake and toss them on salads. Recently, I came about a coconut chia pudding recipe (see bellow), and I can’t wait to try it!
Flaxseed is a similar superfood, rich in omega-3 and antioxidants. A study done at Duke University suggests that flaxseeds may stunt tumor growth. Flax is also high in fiber and low in carbs, making it great for dieters who want to feel full for longer. High in B vitamins, magnesium and manganese, these tiny seeds counter inflammation, a key contributor to arthritis, joint pain and chronic disease.
So give Chia seeds a try and let me know if they worked for you!
Here is the recipe for the Coconut chia pudding -
- 1½ cups coconut milk
- ¼ cup chia seeds
- 1 tablespoon honey
- pinch of salt
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon almond extract
- ⅓ cup blueberries
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened shredded coconut
- honey for drizzling on top
- Whisk together the coconut milk, chia seeds, honey, salt and extracts in a bowl.
- Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 3 hours.
- Once thickened, spoon into serving bowls and top with blueberries, shredded coconut and more honey if desired.
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We all know this sweet and sticky substance, but why is honey so special? At first glance, it might not seem as a very good choice nutritionally. How is it different than sugar or high fructose corn syrup? The difference is amazing and well worth it.
When you choose sugar as a sweetener, you are not adding anything to your food or drink, but empty calories. One tablespoon of honey contains 64 calories, yet it has a healthy glycemic load around 10 for 1 Tbsp, and it does not cause a sugar spike and elevated insulin release like white sugar .
Moreover, honey comes filled with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. The vitamins found in honey may include (depending on floral variety) niacin, riboflavin and pantothenic acid; minerals present include calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium and zinc.
When choosing which honey to buy, always go for the Raw Honey. It is a little more pricey, but definitely worth it! It has not been processed or heated like most of the honey we are used to eating. Therefore it still contains pollen, propolis, honeycomb and live enzymes – all the goodness the bees put in.
Still not sure if you want to give it a try? Keep reading…
When Professor Nicolai Vasilievich Tsitsin conducted a study of centenarians (Dr. Tsitsin was amazed to find more than 200 individuals over 125 years of age, all still working every day and participating actively in village life.) in Caucasus mountains of Georgia, he found out that most of them were beekeepers. Their main source of nutrition? Raw unprocessed honey. Dr. Tsitsin contributed their longevity to consumption of raw honey with high concentrations of pollen!
“Taken regularly and in sufficient amounts, bee pollen will prolong the life span of man for many years.” Dr. Tsitsin
Ready to taste some sweetness? Most supermarkets and health food stores will have a nice selection of raw honey. Your best bet is to choose a local brand, as it may also help you get rid of or prevent allergies.
To find out how honey can help your skin look brighter and younger, check out our Beauty Page!
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Coconut is so highly valued by some Asian and Pacific cultures that they refer to it as a Tree of Life. Unfortunately, coconut suffers from a pretty bad reputation in US due to a mishandled study, which accused coconut of contributing to cardiovascular disease. It was later discovered that those researchers used fully-hydrogenated coconut oil, which was altered and completely stripped of any essential fatty acids. Studies conducted on Pacific Islanders, who get about 30 to 60% of their saturated fat intake from coconut oil, reported almost non-existent or very minimal rates of cardiovascular disease.
So why should you give it a try?
Unlike other commonly used oils, coconut oil is highly resistant to oxidation at high heat (it does not turn rancid), which makes it a perfect cooking and frying oil. Not to mention, it adds a delicious taste to whatever is in your pan!
The fat in coconut (Lauric Acid) is quite different from any other. One of a few other sources of it in nature is human breast milk. When we eat coconut, our bodies change the fat into a highly beneficial compound (monolaurin). This compound has antiviral and antibacterial properties, which help destroy a wide variety of disease organisms. It also disrupts bacteria’s ability to interact with cells and it interferes with virus assembly and maturation. It is known to eliminate viruses such as Measles, Herpes Simplex 1 and it is now being investigated as a part of a HIV treatment.
Coconut oil is also an effective weight loss aid. Sounds unbelievable? Multiple studies have shown that coconut oil improves activity of the thyroid, (as you probably know, if thyroid does not function properly, people feel tired and sluggish and a lot of times gain weight) which increases overall energy levels and athletic performance. So go ahead, dig in! Eat healthy fats and slim down!
Remember to try to buy Organic Extra Virgin Coconut oil. Most of the supermarkets carry it and even Costco sells a huge tub of it at a very competitive price.
I use coconut oil every day and pretty much for everything. I use it for cooking, in spreads, as a moisturizer, hair and scalp mask…the list goes on and on. To find out more about how coconut can benefit your hair, skin and your overall beauty, visit my Beauty Page.
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Recently, a friend of mine from high-school wrote an article about Colostrum. Up to then I have never even heard of it. After reading all about its amazing powers and incredible benefits, I was intrigued. Well, I just got my own chance to try it, and since it worked for me, I decided to share it with you.
First things first - what exactly is Colstrum, and how is it beneficial to us?
Colostrum is the first lacteal secretion produced by the mammary gland of a mother prior to the production of milk. It is a nourishing fluid produced by mammals as food for the newborn in the few days after birth, before milk production begins. It is rich in a variety of biologically active proteins, including immunoglobulins (fight against bacteria, viruses and yeast), Lactoferrin (defends against infections and is anti-inflammatory) and other factors that support our immune system.
So, Colostrum is nature’s way of making sure newborns are protected from viruses and dangerous bacteria right after they are born. Thanks to modern science, Colostrum is now sold as a dietary supplement at many Health-food stores.
I have tried it for myself and now I am a believer! I highly recommend it to anyone. I have spent some time reading reviews on-line and found out that Colostrum has helped many with allergies, auto-immune diseases, cold and flu symptoms and much more. Try it for yourself, and let me know what you think! I would love to hear from you.
To read my friend’s article click here.
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Most people believe that they get enough vitamins and minerals
from the food they eat. That is not always the case. To get the most nutrition
out of your diet, it is important to eat small portions made with fresh produce consistently throughout the day. Yet how many of you reading this don’t have time to prepare your own meals every day? In this day and age it is common for people to either skip breakfast, have lunch in a cafeteria or end the day with a microwave dinner. If you’ve experienced how it is to feel tired mid-afternoon then vitamin supplements may help.
Don’t worry; I am not going to start preaching about the foods you should or shouldn’t eat. Well, at least not in this post.
Instead, I want to tell you about the huge difference vitamins and minerals can make in your body almost instantaneously. By taking vitamins you will easily improve the way you feel each and every day.
Vitamins serve as a buffer in the event that your diet does not meet your daily requirements fully. Here are two of the most essential vitamins:
Vitamin B = ENERGY
• Support Metabolism
• Helps to use energy from food efficiently
• Helps to maintain healthy hair, skin and muscle tone
Check the back of every single energy drink or 24-hour energy shots. They are full of vitamin B (or rather B-Complex*). All of them contain thousands % of the daily recommended amount. Also, the drinks are much more expensive than B-Complex vitamins, so why waste your money…
* B-Complex (B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B7, B9 and B12)
C = IMMUNITY
• Highly effective antioxidant
• Protects you from infections
• Promotes wound healing
• Boosts immunity (it makes it harder for the cold virus to settle in your body)
Make sure to get enough of vitamin B and C to feel energized all day. Other essential vitamins include vitamin D (make sure you get enough sun), vitamin E (great for your skin and hair) and vitamin A.
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