You may think you know all there is to know about chia seeds, but do you really?
Incorporating Chia Seeds into Your Diet
Relatively unknown in North America until recently, chia seeds have been a staple food in Mexico for centuries. They offer a rich vegetarian source of omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants and bone-building minerals, even possessing anti-cancer properties. Add to that the fact that these remarkable little seeds help naturally boost energy, stabilize blood sugar levels and promote gentle detoxification, and we’d venture to say chia seeds are a smart addition to any diet. Need a little more convincing? Here are five reasons to incorporate chia seeds into your diet.
Blood sugar stabilizers
Chia seeds help slow down the digestion process, while the “jelly” coating that develops when they’re exposed to liquids is believed to aid in preventing blood sugar spikes that can lead to weight gain.
Packing almost 5 grams of omega-3 fatty acids per 1-ounce serving, chia seeds are a more potent omega 3 source than flax seeds. And how’s this for a fun fact? They’re so abundant in healthy fats that the word “chia” comes the Nahautl word “chian,” which means “oily.”
Better protein synthesis
In just a single ounce of chia seeds, you receive nearly 20% of your recommended daily allowance for calcium—this is essential for supporting bone health and preventing osteoporosis.
Banishes belly fat
Chia seeds have an abundance of phosphorus, a mineral that not only critical in protein synthesis, but also vital to healthy cell and tissue function and growth.
Because of their stabilizing effect on blood sugar levels and insulin resistance, chia seeds can help in preventing excess belly fat and metabolic syndrome.
Incorporating Chia Seeds into Your Skincare Regimen
Sure, all this talk about adding chia seeds to your diet seems simple enough, but it doesn’t stop there—chia seeds can offer serious benefits when added to your skincare regimen too. The oil extracted from chia seeds has incredible beauty benefits. Not only are they rich in precious omega-3 fatty acids, but they’re also intensely anti-inflammatory, calming and antioxidant-rich. What does that mean exactly? Chia oil is a great bet for restoring vital moisture, diminishing redness and inhibiting the appearance of wrinkles. Thanks to our Chia Serum
, we’ve made incorporating chia oil into your skincare regimen incredibly easy. Here are five tricks for boosting your skincare routine with this deeply hydrating solution:
Use it everywhere
Enhance your moisturizer
After applying Chia Serum on your skin, rub the excess into dry spots elsewhere on your body—this means your cuticles, elbows, even your dry split ends.
Perricone MD moisturizer
If your skin is feeling abnormally dry, try adding a few drops of Chia Serum into your favorite
Touch-ups with Chia Serum
for enhanced hydration effects.
Look younger tonight
If your skin tends to be on the drier side, keep Chia Serum in your purse for touch-ups throughout the day. Just apply 1-3 drops onto clean hands and press into your skin for a dewy glow (makeup-wearers, rejoice—this works if you already have makeup on, and also helps prevent makeup from creasing or settling).
Revive your lips
Add 1-3 drops of Chia Serum to your neckline before you go out; even sun-damaged skin will appear less red and immediately take on a luminous glow.
For an instant S.O.S. for thinning lips, massage a lip plumper on and around the contours of your lips, allow them to dry and then follow with Chia Serum. This will leave your lips looking less lined, more full and better hydrated.
And there you have it—five simple ways to incorporate chia seeds into your skincare routine with Chia Serum and five convincing reasons to include them in your diet. Whether you add them to your soups, salad dressings, water, or even oatmeal, what matters most is that you’re taking full advantage of their tremendous health benefits. Have a favorite chia seed recipe or tip? Share it with us on Facebook