How 1 Teaspoon of Chia Seeds Can Help Improve Your Gut, Brain, And Heart

Chia seeds are named after the Aztec word "chian" for "oily."

This is because they contain a high level of omega-3 acids. These omega-3's are also found in flax seeds, kiwi seeds, and fish oils. They are very important for our overall health.

Chia seeds aid in digestion due to their high fiber content. If soaked in water, they create a gel-like substance that can move through the body and cleanse it.

The ancient Aztecs loved chia seeds due to their amazing nutritional value and endless beneficial properties.

According to Rachael Link, MS, RD:

"Each serving contains a small amount of chia seeds calories but is rich in protein, fiber, manganese, phosphorus, and calcium.

Plus, chia seeds also contain other important micronutrients and antioxidants that are important to health as well.

One ounce (about 28 grams) of chia seeds contains approximately:

  • 137 calories
  • 12.3 grams carbohydrates
  • 4.4 grams protein
  • 8.6 grams fat
  • 10.6 grams of dietary fiber
  • 0.6-milligram manganese (30 percent DV)
  • 265 milligrams phosphorus (27 percent DV)
  • 177 milligrams calcium (18 percent DV)
  • 1 milligram zinc (7 percent DV)
  • 0.1 milligram copper (3 percent DV)
  • 44.8 milligrams potassium (1 percent DV)

In addition to the nutrients listed above, chia seeds also contain several essential fatty acids; vitamin A, vitamin B, vitamin E and vitamin D; and minerals, such as iron, iodine, magnesium, niacin, and thiamine."

Here are some important facts about the powerful chia:

- It is gluten-free and rich in antioxidants

- It is abundant in dietary fiber

- Chia seeds contain 19 amino acids, with all of the essential amino acids except taurine.

- It has 20% protein

- Chia has 8 times more omega-3 than salmon

- It has 7 times more vitamin C than oranges

- Chia has 5 times more calcium than milk

- It contains 3 times more iron than spinach

- Chia has twice the potassium content of banana

- It contains 20% omega-3 ALA, so it improves brain and heart health

- Chia regulates blood glucose levels

- Improves the health of the skin, nails, and hair

- You can mix chia seeds with water and use the gel to replace eggs in recipes

To reap the benefits of chia seeds, add them to your fruit juices, baking goods, protein bars, smoothies, salads, or any other dish.

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Sources: www.healthyfoodhouse.com and www.theheatysoul.com

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20 Funny Illustrations That Prove The World Has Seriously Changed For The Worse

We're all trying to focus on the positive things in life, but sometimes you have to look at all the ironic things that have happened in our world.

The illustrations below use a sense of humor to point out some of the negative changes our society has undergone over the past century.

Salaries have stayed the same or decreased while our bills, housing prices, and all other expenses have skyrocketed.

Children no longer spend their time playing outside, but instead waste away their days sitting in front of a computer screen.

The confidence and self-esteem of millions of people is directly dependent on the number of likes they are able to get per photo posted on Facebook or Instagram.

Relationships are no longer rooted in love, but instead have become based on short-term needs. Losing our cell phone has become one of the worst tragedies possible.

Here is a compilation of funny but realistic pictures that illustrate the modern world:

1. Smaller Computers, Bigger People

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2. Holiday Pictures Before & After Smartphones

Photo Credit: DanielZarz4

3. Checking The Mail Then And Now

Photo Credit: Poofytoo

4. Roles Are Reversing Sooner Than Ever Before

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5. No One Knows The Value Of Hard Work Anymore (says every Grandparent)

Photo Credit: dorkly

6. Being A Teacher in 1960 VS. Being A Teacher Today

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7. TV's Are Slimmer But People Are Bigger

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8. The Evolution of Philosophy

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9. How To Waste Time By Decade

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10. Durability Then And Now

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11. Changing Life Of Runners

Photo Credit: Right-Brained

12. Then And Now: George Lucas

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13. Texting Vs. Calling

Photo Credit: Endless Origami

14. Isolation Is The New Form Of Human Contact

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15. From Cruel To Barbaric

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16. Landline Jokes

Photo Credit: Dave Coverly

17. Water Is The New Gold

Photo Credit: Bishtoons

18. This Is Where Sagging Is Headed…

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19. Welcome To The Real World

Photo Credit: collegehumor.com

20. Who Needs Family When You Have Cell Phones… Right?

Photo Credit: Maria Scrivan

Source: powerfulmind.co

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