I am a firm believer in a good morning routine, I really dig starting my day properly and a main factor in achieving that is getting my morning nutrients. A good portion of the people I know either skip breakfast completely; drink a coffee or a can of V, or at best eat a piece of toast with a sugary jam/spread while running out the door. Even the thought of that leaves me feeling dizzy, wondering how in the world I would focus, or even turn up, starting my day that way.
I want to share a small part of my routine and the success I have had with Chia Seeds. Chia seeds are loaded full of micro and macro nutrients, antioxidants and are 'the' hydrophilic colloid. Hydrophilic colloids are found in high quantities in food when we eat it raw and form the underlying elements of all living cells. Chia has the incredible ability to hold 12 times its weight in water, this ability to hold water goes hand in hand with the ability to prolong hydration. I also take Chia before training for the positive effect it has on endurance and hydration.
As a hydrophilic colloid Chia also acts as an aid to the digestive system:
"Chia seed, a muscle and tissue builder and an energizer of endurance with extensive hydration properties.. because if its physiochemical properties, supports effective treatment in immediate problems of digestion. Exactly why this should be true may be puzzling at first. However, if we consider the effect of unusual irritation upon the nerves of the gastrointestinal canal, it is reasonable the think that a less violent and more balanced digestion might quiet the activity of the otherwise hyperactive gut. Inasmuch as the same foods, which formerly produced irritation, may frequently be continued without harm when hydrophilic colloids are used. The relief to nerve irritation seems to offer a logical explanation.
The change, in the lower gastrointestinal tract, is due to the effect of the hydrophilic colloid and to a more complete digestion-taking place along the entire tract due to physiochemical alterations. Both factors are important, as there is undoubtedly a better assimilation of food that supports enhanced nutritional absorption while significantly extending necessary hydration as well as encouraging proper elimination." (1)
Let's run through some nutrient positives these little seed gems provide:
A 28g serving of chia seeds contains:
Fiber: 11 grams.
Protein: 4 grams.
Fat: 9 grams (5g of which are Omega-3s).
Calcium: 18% of the RDA.
Manganese: 30% of the RDA.
Magnesium: 30% of the RDA.
Phosphorus: 27% of the RDA.
They also contain Zinc, Vitamin B3 (Niacin), Potassium, Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) and Vitamin B2.
After breakfast I take my vitamins with a glass of Chia seeds and water. Add one teaspoon-tablespoon of Chia to 1/2 a glass of water and stir intermittently for 5 minutes. Add more water and the result will be a glass of gelatinous Chia goodness. You can also sprinkle some on top of your cereal or mix them in with your favourite juice or smoothie.