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Chia Seeds for Health and Beauty

5 reasons to add Chia seeds to your plate + 5 beauty tips

Precious Seeds

Relatively unknown in North America until recently, Chia Seeds have been a staple food in Mexico for centuries. Chia seeds come from a species of flowing plant in the Lamiaceae (Mint) family and have been highly valued as an endurance promoting food by the Mayans and Aztecs since ancient times. A rich vegetarian source of omega-3, antioxidants and bone building minerals, Chia seeds even possess anti-cancer properties. These remarkable seeds naturally boost energy, help stabilize blood sugar levels and promote gentle detoxification.

5 Reasons to Incorporate Chia Seeds into Your Diet

1. Blood Sugar Stabilizers

Chia seeds help to slow down the digestion process and the "jelly" coating that develops when they’re exposed to liquids is thought to prevent blood sugar spikes, which can lead to weight gain.

2. Omega-3 Rich

Chia seeds are an excellent vegetarian source of omega-3 fatty acids. With almost 5 grams per 1 oz serving, chia seeds are a more potent omega-3 source than flax seeds. In fact, they are so abundant in healthy fats, that the word chia comes to us from the Nahuatl word chian, which means "oily."

3. Fortifies Bones

In just 1 oz of Chia seeds, you receive nearly 20% of your recommended daily allowance for calcium, which is essential for supporting bone health and preventing osteoporosis.

4. Better Protein Synthesis

Chia seeds are abundant in the mineral phosphorus, which is critical in protein synthesis and vital to healthy cell and tissue function and growth.

5. Banishes Belly Fat

Chia seeds exert a stabilizing effect on blood sugar levels and also insulin resistance which can be tied to excess belly fat and metabolic syndrome.

5 Tricks to Boost Your Skincare Routine

The oil extracted from Chia seeds has incredible beauty benefits, too. Not only are they rich in precious omega-3 fatty acids − they're also intensely anti-inflammatory, calming and antioxidant rich, which means that chia oil is a good bet for restoring vital moisture, diminishing redness and inhibiting wrinkles. Here are a few tips for using Chia Oil Serum:

1. Use it everywhere:

After applying Chia Oil Serum on your skin, rub excess into dry spots elsewhere − cuticles, dry split ends and even elbows.

2. Enhance your moisturizer:

If your skin is feeling abnormally dry, try adding a few drops of Chia Serum into your favorite moisturizer for enhanced hydration.

3. Touch-ups with Chia Serum:

If you tend to be on the dry side, keep Chia Serum in your purse for touch-ups during the day. Simply apply 1 − 3 drops onto clean hands and press into skin (this works if you have makeup on as well). This will help to give you a dewy glow and prevent makeup from creasing or settling.

4. Look younger tonight:

Add 1-3 drops of Chia Serum to your décolleté before you go out. Even sun damaged skin will appear less "red" and lined and immediately take on a luminous glow.

5. Revive Your Lips:

For an instant S.O.S. for thinning lips, try massaging a lip plumper on and around the contours of the lips. Allow to dry shortly and follow with Chia Serum. Your lips will appear less lined, more full and well hydrated.

I hope you all join me in the ancient chia craze. Add a chia-based oil to your skincare routine as well as chia seeds to your soups, salad dressings, water and even oatmeal to take advantage of their tremendous health benefits. I’d love to hear about your favorite recipes or tips. Join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

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