I learned something interesting yesterday pertaining to weight loss. Did you know that your body uses fat to protect you from the toxins that we absorb through our environment and the (food) we eat? Each little morsel of toxicity is surrounded by fat tissue so that the toxins can’t harm our organs. If you’re trying to lose weight but have a high amount of toxins, your body will say “no way Jose!”
So what then is the solution? Detox baby! I wrote an article a while back on chia gel and how it can be great for gently detoxing the body. I’ll include it in its entirety here. For the original article please visit CookingWithChia.com.
How many of you have done a ‘cleanse’? I have, and I can tell you that it was not a very pleasant experience. Crazy pills, droplets, boring diet. Who needs it? Well, apparently the average human body has five to seven pounds of garbage in their lower intestine. So, yes, cleansing is something everyone should consider doing periodically.
What if there was a better way. Would it be OK if you could know that your lower intestine got a daily scrubbing? Would it be OK if not only did you get the cleansing you need but a whole lot of the nourishment your body craves on a daily basis?
Enter chia gel.
What the heck is chia gel?
Well, it’s quite interesting really. A chia seed is about the size of a poppy seed. Each tiny little seed has thousands of micro fibres attached to its shell. When immersed in water, each micro fibre traps some of that water and a gel is formed. Each seed will absorb up to nine time its weight in water!
What does this all mean for the body?
Chia gel slows down the conversion of carbohydrates into sugars. This happens because the gel is sticky and tends to slow down the digestive process. This prevents sugar ‘spikes’ and can be extremely useful for diabetics. As chia moves through your digestive system it slowly breaks down and releases nutrients and electrolytes. Electrolytes are good for maintaining proper voltage within your cells. That’s right, electricity baby!
The chia gel clings to an insoluble fiber source: the shell of the chia seed which can be considered as ‘roughage’. Carried by the water the chia gel holds, the insoluble fibre makes its way through the digestive system splashing water on the walls of your intestines and giving them a good scrub.
The insoluble fibre carried by the chia gel binds to things called bile acids. I don’t know what these are but they don’t sound good. Chia gel helps to prevent them being absorbed by the body. According to Wikipedia, preventing absorption of bile acids lowers cholesterol levels in the blood.
The purpose of a cleanse is to remove built up toxins and other undesirables from the body. How else can chia gel help in this process?
Chia gel contains within it the chia seed. Inside that seed is a wealth of nutrition. Opening up a chia seed is like going to the store to get a carton of milk and winning a whole shopping cart full of food.
Omega 3′s are in abundance in chia. Also known as essential fatty acids, omega 3′s provide the raw material for our cells.
It is unfortunate that most people do not get nearly the omega 3′s required. Imagine building a house. Ideally, you’d build the frame out of good quality solid wood. You wouldn’t build the frame out of sticks and twigs you find lying on the ground right? Well, same thing goes for the production and reproduction of our cells. By depriving our bodies of the necessary raw materials, our cells are made cheaply, by slave labour and our health suffers from it. How does this affect our cleansing? Maybe it doesn’t, but if we’re providing our cells with what they need then maybe cleansing wouldn’t be as important.
Antioxidants. Here’s a good one. The antioxidants found in the chia seed trapped in chia gel provide huge benefits to our health. The toxins that have built up in our bodies over the years from the air we breathe, the chemicals we are exposed to and, unfortunately, the food we eat are scared of antioxidants. Getting your daily dose of chia gel provides you with the cleansing power of antioxidants and phytonutrients too. Phytonutrients are known as cancer and other chronic disease fighting and preventing agents. While available in supplements, like all other great nutrients, phytonutrients are best obtained through the consumption of food. Go food!