As you already know, among the amazing benefits of Chia Seeds, is that it’s great for those who are trying to lose weight and maintain a healthy body size. The energy that Chia provides the body is the main reason for its effectiveness when it comes to working out, not just that, but there are other reasons why taking Chia before, during, or even after the workout is considered healthy.
Chia Seeds are ‘Superfoods’ with a number of health benefits. From helping with weight loss, lowering the cholesterol level, decreasing blood pressure, helping to stabilize blood sugar, etc.
Chia Seeds and Performing Exercises
There are different ways to incorporate Chia Seeds in your diet. You can add it to a glass of water, let it sit for 30 minutes and sip it down. You can add these tiny seeds to almost all the recipes you are preparing, to fruits salads, oatmeal, porridge, and many other options. Chia seeds are one of those foods that you can safely take before working out. It gives your body the energy to do different exercises.
What are the Benefits of Chia Seeds?
High Fiber Content
The fiber content found in chia seeds is the main reason why it very effective for weight loss/management. The available fiber in chia seeds fills the body faster which leaves you fuller longer for longer. It is very important to soak Chia seeds before eating them to avoid any stomach problems that might appear otherwise.
All those who go to the gym know that protein is very important for both, their performance as well as their recovery hence the constant need to find different sources of protein. One tablespoon of Chia Seeds offers the body 3 grams of protein, which is a good percentage when you add it to other food sources in your diet.
Minerals Available in Chia Seeds
Chia seeds are not only great for working out, but they are also good for your overall well being. There are a number minerals available in chia seeds; calcium, iron, manganese, and magnesium. Magnesium is important for hundreds of enzymatic reactions including those responsible for muscular contraction, protein synthesis, and energy production and it also helps with better sleep. Manganese is also important because it controls blood sugar, protein and carbohydrate metabolism, production and activation of the enzymes responsible for carrying out gluconeogenesis, which means the production of glucose from non-carbohydrate sources.
The Antioxidants Carried inside Chia Seeds
Doing any kind of intense exercise is known to increases free radicals production, meaning you should then increase your intake of antioxidant-rich foods that help improve the recovery for being more fit. The antioxidants content in chia seeds helps fight diseases by getting rid of the free radicals available in the body.
Here is one easy chia seed drink recipe to try before your workout routine:
In a bowl add 2 tablespoons of Chia Seeds then add water to them, let it sit in the refrigerator for 30 minutes for it to form the gel substance. This gel can be used in fruit salads or smoothies. In this form the nutrients are easily absorbed into the body, giving you the energy you need to power workout.
To make your power smoothie, add the gel to a blender, then add your favorite fruits, I love berries, so I will go with that. Blend until they become smooth. Remember the sweeter the fruits the more palatable the chia seeds will be.
Now to the smooth fruit structure add yogurt and mix them well. Add sweeteners if need be, but taste it before you do. And that’s it your power drink is ready.