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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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Photographer Captured Squirrels Every Day For Six Years And Here Are The Incredible Results

Nearly six years ago, Dutch/Swedish photographer Geert Weggen found a fox on his front porch. He immediately ran back into his home to get some meat for the animal.

The fox started coming back every day for more food. Weggen took this gift from mother nature as an opportunity to start taking more photographs and begin his career as an animal photographer.

He now specializes in photographing red squirrels and other magical animals!

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Geert Weggen says himself:

"By the end of a second week, the fox would come to the balcony where it interacted with various props I used for photography.

Soon before late, a Russian bird paid me a visit and continued on doing so daily. Suddenly, my balcony had become a studio filled with nature props, cameras, mirrors, etc.

The bird followed me, and I followed the bird with my camera, as it searched for hidden food in scenes that I had created.

Eventually, red squirrels appeared, and they still come daily to my outside studio. Little did I know back then that it would become my living.

Since last year I have been organizing Squirrel workshops at home. These workshops are held to occur two times a year when the young squirrels arrive.

A maximum of 3 participants can join this 5-day workshop."

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While Weggen's obsession with red squirrels may seem strange on the outside, it has actually given us a view of a wondrous world we know very little about.

We think we know the lives of these squirrels, Weggen is able to capture them in ways we've only seen before in Disney movies.

His photography is truly magical!

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Most people are quite used to the sight of squirrels, but the ways in which Weggen is able to capture them, makes these little creatures feel much more human like.

Never thought i'd be more in love with squirrels than I am right now!

hey are just all so adorable!

Watching them play with these tiny human like objects and working together brings a smile to my face.

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Keep scrolling to see the full collection of his pictures featuring the beautiful red squirrels.

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Here is a photo from the time that Weggen reversed roles and let the squirrel take a picture of him!

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Hopefully this brought a smile to your face and brightened your day.