Forty years ago, we wrote science fiction stories about all-inclusive meal replacement pills with a vast variety of nutrients and minerals needed for daily life. In the midst of our steak dinners and milk with every meal, little did most people know about the healing (and holistic) power of superfood powerhouse, the chia seed!
Chia seeds originally come from Mexico and they were used widely in Mayan and Aztec cultures. Their name means “strength,” which is perfect since consuming chia seeds helps strengthen the body and emotional spirit in an efficient and powerful way.
If you’re increasing your yoga practice by getting yoga in your space through Wellnest, getting some free organic chia seeds from our friends at Thrive Market is the perfect way to supplement your active new lifestyle.
Here’s 13 awesome health benefits of chia seeds–and how they help yoga teachers and yoga students like you in the Los Angeles area get the fuel you need for the yoga lifestyle you crave! Always make sure you soak chia seeds in some liquid, otherwise they are very difficult to digest.
Chia seeds are great form of belly-filling fiber. About 40% fiber, chia seeds will help keep you fuller, longer without raising your blood sugar. This makes them a great pre- or post-yoga snack. Low calories and low density, having some chia seeds in unsweetened almond milk before class can give you that boost of energy you need without the heaviness of a meal.
Muscle-making protein? Chia seeds have that, too. You don’t need to eat meat to get the protein you need to build the muscle you are making by using all your body weight in yoga. Chia sees are full of protein and amino acids, an impressive 14% to be exact.
Trouble remembering how a flow goes? There’s a seed for that! Chia seeds are full of healthy fats, including Omega 3’s that keep your brain (and heart and skin!) in top-notch shape. If you ever feel like things are getting a little fuzzy, throwing some chia seeds into your morning granola can help your brain and memory function more efficiently.
Bones! Keep them strong during yoga poses with the power of chia. Whether you include dairy in your diet or not, chia seeds are a great alternative source of calcium, magnesium and phosphorous–all necessary for maintaining stop and healthy bones. Get some free chia seeds today from our friends at Thrive Market.
Carb load before a powerful vinyasa class with chia seeds. No need to load up on pasta and pizza pre-power flow. Chia seeds have been shown to be just as beneficial for athletes before they have to perform. Throw some in your protein smoothie with coconut oil for a great metabolism-boosting drink.
Decrease post-yoga inflammation with chia seeds. These little wonders are a great way to decrease inflammation that can occur from aching, healing muscles. Fatty acids and vitamins A, D, K and E can help conquer inflammation–and they are great for heart health, too! Working through an injury? Bring a certified yoga teacher to your home and get personalized attention with Wellnest.
Say goodbye to most of your yoga joint pain. Keep your limbs and joints lubricated with the fats, vitamins and minerals of chia seeds. Pop some in granola with hemp milk, throw some in water to make a quick and easy pre-yoga gel, or discover a world full of chia recipes on Thrive Market including chia pudding and Omega 3 maple almond butter.
What’s your favorite way to incorporate chia into your yogic diet? Haven’t tried chia seeds yet? Get some for free from Thrive Market here.