It’s that time of year again. We’re in the thick of the Holiday season, and around every corner are the cookies, the fudge, the pies – all the comforting treats we’ve loved since childhood.
While many people may be waiting to detox and get right with their health until after Christmas, you might be trying to stay on top of it by eating fairly healthfully as usual between holiday dinners ( which I highly recommend ). You might even be thinking about doing a “pre-Christmas detox”, and if so I totally get it. It’s tempting with the Thanksgiving bloat still alive and well.
BUT before you run out and buy an expensive detox regimen from Amazon ( which I don’t recommend fyi 😉 ), I encourage you to try this one sneaky seed which you may have overlooked…chia!
Chia is one of may favorite little tricks to utilize as a daily or weekly detox method in times of back to back treats. While you might be thinking that the idea of detoxing is overrated, or that detoxing daily is too much, just know that there are different levels and intensities of detox.
Detoxing is the process of removing something toxic out of your body or life, and daily detoxing is something I do and recommend for my clients as a way to prevent the build up of excess toxins in the body.
In other words, let’s be proactive about your health, rather than wait for sickness to creep up on you.
Chia is a fantastic aid in this process for several reasons. For one, it is high in protein, manganese, phosphorus, and calcium, so it’s a great way to support strong bones, teeth, hair, nails, and blood sugar levels.
Two, it’s high in Omega 3 fatty acids, which are important for addressing and preventing inflammation, and for preventing degenerative brain diseases like Alzheimer’s and Dementia as we age. Omega 3’s keep you in good overall health, and our Standard American Diet is sorely lacking them.
Eat chia seeds to stay sharp and in high spirits!
Three, and probably my favorite secret about chia seeds, is that when soaked they are included in what’s called the demulcent class of foods, right up there with slippery elm bark and aloe vera gel. Demulcents are special because they go into the digestive tract and bind with toxic residues and build-ups that might have otherwise stayed in there for years!
You’ve heard of people carrying an extra 20 – 30 lbs of garbage weight just in their intestinal tract? Yep, that totally happens as a result of years of fast and packaged foods, but a large part of that build up can occur around the holidays as well. So many processed sugars and fats along with very little vegetable fiber is not good.
Anyways, a demulcent like chia or aloe will actually bind with toxins in your digestive tract and effectively help to move them out. And this benefits you in so many awesome ways!
You’ve heard it said that 70% of the immune system is in the digestive system, or what we call the gut. This is so true, and when the intestines are cleared of junk you can more effectively absorb the nutrition from the healthy food that you eat. This also relieves your body from the burden of neutralizing whatever junk was in there blocking that process from happening to begin with.
So, need extra energy? Perhaps you need to clean up your gut; perhaps you’re not receiving enough nutrition from your food, and chia can help here.
How to use it
Personally I like making chia drinks in the morning. There are a few ways to do this, depending on how keen you are to the slippery texture of soaked chia.
One of the common mistakes people make with chia is that they throw chia seeds in their smoothies or sprinkle it on their salads. I’ll be honest, if you do this you might as well throw away a 20$ bill ( about the price of a big bag of chia ), because your body isn’t able to utilize the nutrition unless the chia is either soaked or finely ground. And of those two methods, soaking is the most medicinal, and how you will create your fine gel demulcent 🙂
You can either make a small bulk batch of chia gel to use over a period of three days, or you can soak one TBS at a time in whatever drink you prefer. The latter is my preferred method because you run the risk of growing bacteria when chia gel sits in the fridge for days at a time.
You can try scooping 1/2 TBS of dry chia seeds into a jar or bottle of kombucha or juice, OR you can do the same thing with filtered water with freshly squeezed lemon!
This is a very simple and very effective drink to start your day with. I think, depending on what’s going on with you, you just might experience higher energy levels and an increased sense of overall wellness, especially in combination with an alkaline, nutritionally dense diet through the day.
It is totally possible to enjoy the holidays without throwing your health away! You can still enjoy some holiday indulgences, without having to start from ground zero with your body come January 30th 😉
Health and Happiness,