Yoga & Wellness

Chi-chi for chia seeds!

Superfood that will boost your health and beauty

The island of Bali prides itself in living healthy and happy. That includes or ganic, good quality food and chia seeds – are among super nutritious things you can find here.

Chia seeds are little black seeds from the plant called Salvia Hispanica, which is related to the mint. Chia seeds were an important food for the Aztecs and Mayans back in the past, and they valued it for providing energy. Ancient Mayan word for strength was chia! Seeds are packed with calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, vitamin B3 (Niacin), vitamin B1 (Thiamine) and Vitamin B2. Plus – they contain only 101 calories per 30 grams! Knowing that, it is not surprising that chia seeds are one of the popular healthy choices of the moment. And here are 5 benefits you can enjoy:

Stronger bones

Calcium is fundamental in bone health. It and helps maintain bone strength and mass. Those little seeds also contain boron which is yet another essential nutrient for bone health. Boron helps metabolize calcium, manganese, magnesium, and phosphorus which is essential for healthy growth of
bones and muscles.

Building of muscles

Chia seeds also rank among the top plantbased sources of protein. So for those who are trying to put on lean muscle and burn fat, this is also a good reason why to consume this superfood. Chia seeds will give you a powerful antioxidant punch to help replace some of those nutrients lost when exercising. What is unique about chia is that it can absorb ten times its weight in water and thus prolong hydration and improve absorption of electrolytes. Because of that, you will also feel full longer, and those sugar cravings won’t be coming again so often.

Healthy teeth

With chia seeds being packed with calcium, phosphorus, Vitamin A, and zinc, it is the perfect food to keep your smile healthy and beautiful! Calcium is necessary for tooth health and zinc will prevent build up of plaque. Chia also has the antibacterial effect that will keep the bad breath germs away. And vitamin A and phosphorus are important in having strong teeth as well.

Heart Health

When consuming chia seeds regularly, you can regulate cholesterol, reverse inflammation and lower your blood pressure.

Regulation of blood sugar

Chia seeds can play a major role in regulating insulin levels. They can reduce insulin resistance and decrease abnormally high levels of insulin in the blood.■

Bali Pocket Magazine