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30-Oct-2011

Ch-ch-ch-Chia!

Sacred Aztec Superfood

The key to good nutrition, given the stresses of today's modern lifestyle, is to to take advantage of “superfoods.” Superfood is a term used to describe foods that are extremely nutrient-dense. Superfoods have been used throughout time by most cultures around the world to increase energy, vitality and endurance.

Some of the exotic superfoods you may have heard of include acai, goji berries, maca root, mangosteen, amalaki, hemp and blue-green algae. Many common fruits and vegetables are also super-nutritious, like blueberries, kale and pomegranate.

The great thing about superfoods is that a meal composed of these nutrient-dense items supplies your body’s cells with high-quality, readily-available nutrition. Your body gets nourished and you don’t get as hungry as often. Cravings for empty, processed foods decrease. When you look at all the foods in your typical meal, how many of them are nutrient-dense, and how many are relatively, or totally, empty?

One of my favorite superfoods is chia seeds. Aztec warriors ate chia seeds for their “running fuel” because they provide unrivaled nutrition, energy and hydration. Check out these numbers—a 16-ounce bag of chia seeds provides the equivalent of the omega-3 oil in 10 pounds of salmon. Chia provides the magnesium in 15 pounds of broccoli, the protein in 3 pounds of tofu, the fiber in 4 pounds of oatmeal, the antioxidants in 2 pounds of blueberries and the calcium in a gallon of 1% milk.

The high omega ratio means you get great cardiovascular and joint health benefits. The fiber is excellent for weight loss and digestion issues. Chia’s high antioxidant quotient makes it invaluable for preventing diseases associated with aging and stress. When you soak chia seeds in any liquid, they absorb 10 times their weight in water, allowing them to provide excellent sustained hydration. You can soak them in coconut water, almond milk, hemp milk or water. I love delicious Chia Pudding for breakfast—add some to your daily meal planning and notice the difference in your energy and vitality!

Chia Pudding Chia Pudding (266 KB)

Cheers for Chia (video)

Dr. Sharada Hall
Doctor of Oriental Medicine
Bodhimed.com

Recommended: Spectrum Chia Seed Omega-3 And Fiber -- 12 oz and Chia Seed (Woodland Health Books) by Diana Allen

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Samina commented on 05-Nov-2011 12:37 AM5 out of 5 stars

Thanks for the good tips. I will try Chia seeds. S

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