Ch-ch-ch-chia! More Than Just a Child Memory

When you first think of chia, you recall those fuzzy green chia pets that we all knew and loved. Gone are the days of the chia pets! Say hello to the new chia in town… the chia seed. #98210131 / gettyimages.com Chia comes from the desert plant Salvia hispanica, grown in Mexico. It is an edible seed that contains healthy omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, protein, antioxidants, and all that good stuff. Since they are unprocessed, they make a great whole-grain addition to any diet. This week, we want to share some of their amazing health benefits with you. We hope that these benefits will encourage you to add them to your lifestyle! Great source of omega-3s, which can help reduce inflammation and high cholesterol Plenty of fiber, which can regulate bowel function Fiber also keeps you full, which makes it a great addition to a midday snack Rich in antioxidants, to help protect body from free radicals, aging, and cancer Two tablespoons contain 24% for magnesium, which can help prevent hypertension Benefits those with type-2 diabetes, as it can help slow down digestion Has 18% of the recommended daily intake for calcium – great for bone health Great source of protein for vegetarians or vegans, with 4.4 grams per serving So, how can you incorporate these seeds? There are plenty of ways! Smoothies Yogurt parfait Veggie dishes Rice Oatmeal Cereal Baked goods Salad And much more… Are you ready to get your chia on? Us,...

Skin Care in a Cup: Chamomile Tea

Kicking off your day with a quality cup of tea may be one of the best ways to wake- up, not to mention the healthiest. There are hundreds of types of tea out there, each one with its own set of amazing health benefits. One type of tea that is exceptionally great for skin care is chamomile tea. You could call it “skin care in a cup!” View image | gettyimages.com   Check out these skin benefits: Instilled with healing, anti-oxidant, and cleansing moisturizing properties Can be used as an all-natural skin bleach, helping to lighten complexion Can promote and accelerate the healing process of minor wounds Antioxidants found in chamomile tea can help fight acne Soothes skin irritations and sunburns Tea bags can help reduce under-eye circles and puffiness Retains youth by protecting skin from free radical damage May help to reduce swelling and fight bacteria (for example, eczema) Aside from skin, there are a number of other benefits to reap: Treat the common cold by mixing chamomile oil with water to make a vapor Mild sedating properties for a good night’s sleep Muscle-relaxing properties (relief from menstrual cramps, upset stomach, etc.) Can help sooth pain associated with stomach ulcers (regular consumption) Has anti-bacterial properties, boosting the immune system Can be used to soothe and treat hemorrhoids (using cooled tea) Can reduce gas formation in the body May help rid of migraines So what are you waiting for? Pour yourself a hot mug of tea and enjoy these benefits today. Are you a tea drinker? Share your favorite cup with us – tweet...

7 Superfoods for Your Skin

You’ve heard the term superfoods before, right? This word has been quite the buzz over the past few years. Everyone wants to know how to cook and consume super foods for SUPER health benefits! As your trusted friends, we are here to deliver. We have put together a list of seven superfoods that can promote healthy, glowing skin. So, without further adieu… View image | gettyimages.com #1: Flaxseed. Flaxseed contains omega-3 fatty acids, which can make your cell membranes stronger. This helps to prevent those harmful toxins from being absorbed. The healthier the membrane, the plumper and younger your skin will look. Add flaxseed oil to your favorite smoothie recipe. #2: Avocado. This antioxidant-packed fruit can help you fight off wrinkles. It is high in potassium, vitamin, and (good) fats. In fact, the monounsaturated fats in this fruit can protect your skin cells and prevent wrinkling. Toss an avocado in your salad, add it to your sandwich, include in a smoothie, or simply eat it with a spoon. Yum! #3: Green Tea. Ah, green tea. It really is a magical drink. The polyphenols contain anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, which protect against damaging ultraviolet rays. Steep your own tea for skin care in a cup. #4: Berries. Blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, oh my! Their antioxidant content makes them a strong contender on this list. They can help protect the skin against sun damage and have anti-inflammatory properties. #5: Dandelion leaves. No, not the yellow weed part! Eating its greens leaves can help your body cleanse the toxins out. Add a handful to your normal salad! #6: Sweet Potatoes. Sweet potatoes are...

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