If you’re on the lookout for alternative supplements to the ones that are being prescribed to you by your physician, Traditional Chinese medicine would be a good start. One of the most well known natural products that have immense medical benefits is the chia seed. Chia seeds have long been used in ancient forms of treatments in the Asian continent, but it has only been beginning to get recognized in the Western world in the past decade.
The chia seed is unique in the sense that it could hold a lot of water. Some claims even say that a seed can take on twelve times its actual weight in water. Chia seeds also have a good reputation in being very versatile as cooking ingredients, making them quite valuable commodity for those wanting to incorporate the seeds into their routines and diet to boost their energy.
Here’s how chia seeds could be used to brighten your day and make your body healthy:
- Chia seeds have the amazing ability to hold water as stated earlier, but it doesn’t stop there. When you soak the seeds in water and leave it for about an hour, the mixture would turn into a gel! This gel could then be used in many different dishes – you may add it in a soup, porridge, oatmeal or even protein shakes. The seeds hardly have any taste so they won’t really clash with the other flavors of any dish. Due to the ability of the chia seeds to absorb water, they can boost energy by making sure that the hydration levels are up. Dehydration is one of the most common causes of fatigue since the imbalance of water levels in cells, in the gut as well as the blood can trigger various conditions that can be bad for the body.
- Chia seeds can also be ground real fine and added as a powder. This makes the ingredient really versatile since you’re turning it into an almost tasteless powder. Imagine the possibilities! Just about every meal, drink and dessert could be lightly dusted with chia seeds. Aside from the hydration, chia seeds also have the reputation for keeping the gastrointestinal system in check. Those with constipation, diarrhea, heartburn and reflux disorders swear by the curative properties of the chia seeds.
If you’re jaded with taking Western products, try taking chia seeds. To make it safe for you however, have a consultation with your doctor regarding taking these medications. Certain substances (even those in natural supplements) might still interact with certain drugs. Allergies and hypersensitivity reactions could also be a consideration.
Always keep an open mind but never use your body as an experimental subject. Try to err on the safe side and always practice these things with caution. Never go on the deep end of supplements (whether natural or synthetic) without knowing the details behind the products. It would help if you could get hold of studies or testimonials to help you make your decision.