One of the most amazing things about the chia seed is the fact that scientists are still finding new health benefits. One of the latest discoveries about chia seeds is its ability to positively influence the thyroid gland. The thyroid gland is one of the largest endocrine glands in our body, and it is responsible for the regulation of a lot of our most important bodily functions. Our energy levels, hormone sensitivity, and even our body weight are just some of the few things this organ controls. For this reason, any disruption of its normal functions can lead to all sorts of conditions, some minor, some debilitating. By all accounts, hyperthyroidism, when the gland goes into overdrive, and hypothyroidism, a chronic inactivity of the thyroid gland are by far the most common problems. Hyperthyroidism leads to weight loss, hair loss, and delirium. The side effects of hypothyroidism include drastically low energy levels, weakened muscles, and dramatic weight gain. Either condition, when combined with the sudden changes in the body’s hormone levels can also trigger depression, anxiety, and other psychological and emotional conditions.
The traditional treatment for hyperthyroidism is through the use of thyroid suppressants, while hypothyroidism is usually treated by administering regular daily doses of either synthetic or animal derived thyroid hormones. Either way, such treatments can be costly, inconvenient, and don’t really address the root cause of the problem. This is where the chia seed comes in. Chia comes packed with carbohydrates, protein, B-vitamins, calcium, phosphorous, and other minerals, antioxidants, dietary fiber, and essential fatty acids. Scientific trials have shown that the regular consumption of chia seeds somehow helps regulate the functions of the thyroid gland, either calming down an overactive thyroid gland or boosting the gland’s function in people who are suffering from hypothyroidism. Scientists aren’t sure yet what causes chia to be so effective at regulating the thyroid gland, but they theorize that it has something to do with the rich essential fatty acids it contains. Chia is one of the best plant sources in the world for essential fatty acids, especially those that belong to the omega-3 family. These fatty acids, which have been proven to help protect our brains and our hearts, may also contain the key to keeping the thyroid gland in check. While scientists and researchers work to test the validity of this theory, there is one thing that is not in doubt: chia definitely works.
People who have treated their hyper or hypothyroidism with a chia infused diet have found many of their symptoms being reversed. Their energy levels go back to normal, and their muscle strength returns. Their body weight and appetites also return to normal ranges, all without the help of any other treatments. The best part is, using chia seeds to treat a thyroid problem isn’t at all complicated or hard to do, and can be done by anyone of any age. Since chia is first and foremost an all natural food item, essentially, all you have to do is eat. This is made easier by the fact that chia seeds are infinitely easy to mix into existing recipes and dishes, since they barely alter the taste and flavours at all. As for flexibility, chia can simply be sprinkled directly on any dish, or it can be finely ground and turned into chia flour for making into baked goods or for thickening sauces. In a pinch, chia seeds can even be eaten on their own, whether in their raw, dry, form, or after soaking in some water and allowing it to turn into a gel. As long as you manage to consume at least 3 tablespoonfuls a day of chia, you’ll be able to maintain good thyroid gland function while enjoying its many other health benefits.
Chia seeds are just one of Hidalgo Foods’ many all natural functional foods. Our products aren’t just good for providing nutrition, energy, and satisfaction, but are also a great source of both preventative and curative medicinal or therapeutic relief from a wide variety of conditions, ailments, and diseases. By empowering our customers with such healthy lifestyle options, we give them the ability to make wiser, more informed choices about their health, well being, and happiness.
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