Benefits of Eating Chia Seeds for Detox
Chia seeds are small black seeds that are harvested from the Salvia Hispanica plant grown in South America. They were once an important food for the Mayans and Aztecs because of their ability to offer sustainable energy.
They have continued to grow in popularity in recent years.
Here are a few reasons why they are a great addition to your detox plan!
Good Source of Fiber
Chia seeds can absorb 30 times their weight in moisture. They can help maintain the body’s hydration levels and retain electrolytes. This is especially important during and after physical exertion and strenuous exercise.
The chia seed’s ability to maintain and absorb water also makes it beneficial to the colon. They help hydrate and lubricate the mucous membranes that result in a soft and smooth bowel movements.
Clean out the Digestive Tract
Chia seeds contain high amounts of insoluble and soluble fiber, allowing them to draw and retain water. They also add water and bulk to foods. This is important in keeping your body’s system clear and clean. Chia seeds also allow the body to absorb all fat soluble vitamins such as Vitamins A, D, E and K. When you include chia seeds in your meal for detox, you help eliminate all cholesterols out of your body.
Packed with Antioxidants
The high level of antioxidants in chia seeds prevent the sensitive fats found in the seeds from going rotten; they also have an incredibly positive effect on your health. Their antioxidants can help stave off free radicals that damage molecules in the cells and can contribute towards diseases and aging.
Contain Detoxifying Properties
Chia seeds are essential to detoxify the body. When they are completely digested, they swell and they absorb toxins in the body and cleanse the digestive tract. Their detoxifying properties also help improve the health and appearance of your skin, nails, and hair.
Chia seeds are a tiny little food that packs an enormous beneficial punch and are a great addition to your detox diet. Not only do they help you feel fuller longer, but they clean out your system and offer a plethora of antioxidants.
I love chia seeds.
Here is one of my favourite chia seed pudding recipes.
Chia Chai Pudding
2 tablespoon chia seeds
½ small apple, diced
1 cup dairy-free milk
1 tablespoon honey
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ginger powder
⅛ teaspoon nutmeg
1 pinch sea salt
Add all ingredients to a serving bowl and whisk well. Whisk again 5 minutes later, then place in the fridge for at least 2 hours to overnight to chill and thicken.
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