I first tried them about 3 years ago, as I was looking for a natural source to help increase my energy. I have post traumatic stress disorder and one of the long term side effects is that any extra stress brings back many of the symptoms, including sleep disturbance, very low energy levels, anxiety and depression.
I started slowly, not really knowing how to use them. The first time I tried them, I just chewed up a teaspoon of the seeds, and had to follow that up with a glass of water as I ended up with a very dry mouth – chia seeds absorb liquid very quickly. Even with that small amount, I noticed a little increase in sustained energy.
I followed up by having chia seed puddings or smoothies, almost every day. The first day, I noticed a wonderful increase in energy, a calm, sustained energy that enabled me to focus and achieve my goals for the day. As the days went by, I noticed my gut was more comfortable, as the gentle action of the fiber began to take effect.
Chia seeds are a great aid to brain health, due to the high level of omega 3s they contain. After a week or so, I realised that my thinking was clearer, I was doing more, had more energy and, to my delight, I felt happy – for absolutely no reason. Actually I believe that a feeling of happiness and optimism is our natural state if we are in good health and our lives are in order. And our lives tend to be in order if we are healthy and thinking clearly.
These days I take around 2 tablespoons of chia seeds most days. I sometimes take a break from them as I believe we should vary our diet and not have any one food every day. The recipes on this site are those I have tried and enjoyed myself. I love experimenting with chia seeds and finding new ways of using them.
An added bonus was the steady weight loss. Almost without trying, I have lost 20 pounds and kept it off. It is very difficult to lose weight once you have passed 50 and gets increasingly difficult with each passing decade. It inspired me to write “The Chia Seed Weight Loss Diet" available on Amazon.
Longer term benefits include smooth skin and strong healthy nails and skin due in part to the high levels of omega 3s and the many minerals(including calcium) in chia seeds.
Chia seeds are a wonderful gift from nature. They have helped me restore my health and change my life. I encourage you to try them and see what they can do for you. I would love to hear about your experiences with chia seeds.