The health benefits of Chia seeds
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The health benefits of Chia seeds

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Ms Aaliya Masoodi

Chia seeds are incredibly healthy, a source of fiber, protein and various nutrients. They’re also whole-grain, low-carb and low-calorie, with only about 100 calories per ounce. Here are ways your body may benefit from chia seeds and water. 1. It promotes decent hydration: According to the Food and Nutrition Board and general guidelines say that women should get at least 91 ounces per day and men should get at least 125 ounces. Water is the best fluid for hydration, but some people don’t like its flavor of it on its own. Adding chia seeds adds water’s texture which may help you drink better. 2. Good source of fibre: Chia seeds include 11 grams of fibre, which is key for gut health and helps you feel fuller for longer. 3. Protein Sometimes referred to as the “building blocks” of your body, protein is vital in the health of your muscles, skin, bones and more. Cleveland Clinic says, “Chia seeds are considered a superfood,” “They have some nice vitamins and minerals, like phosphorus, magnesium, iron and zinc — though quite honestly, not too many people have those deficiencies.” 4. It helps with weight loss: Research has shown that the idea behind drinking chia seed water is that the wet seeds will enlarge your stomach and take up space, preventing you from getting hungry. That may, in turn, cause you to become less hungry and ultimately help you to lose weight. When your digestion slows, your body releases blood sugar at a slower rate, preventing the spikes and valleys in blood sugar that cause increased appetite. How to make Chai seeds and water: Always prefer fresh seeds. Soak 1/4 cup (40 grams) of chia seeds in 4 cups (1 liter) of water for 20–30 minutes. you can add chopped fruit like watermelon, or orange or squeeze in a lemon, ginger, or mint, to make it preferable. Also note: Cleveland Clinic warns not to go overboard with the chia seed water. While it’s fine to do every once in a while, like to fend off that late-day urge to snack, it shouldn’t be seen as a key method for weight loss.

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