The Top 8 Secrets of the Super Small “Super-Food”
Over the course of human history, chia seeds have been used by societies around the world for their wide array of health benefits. Although “superfoods” seem to be more of a myth than reality, chia seeds are challenging this idea with the powerful nutrition benefits they deliver.
Although chia seeds are incredibly small, don’t let their size fool you. These little kernels have nearly limitless benefits, as they provide dozens of vitamins and minerals, antioxidants, and essential fatty acids. Because of their small size and mellow flavor, chia seeds can be added to nearly every dish. They make a great topping for salads and can even make Chia pudding.
The Nutritional Value of Chia Seeds
The vitamins, minerals, and essential fatty acids that chia seeds offer can mean a variety of health benefits to those who include them in their daily diet. Chia seeds can help your body to reduce inflammation. They can also help prevent or reduce the risk of some health issues like high cholesterol, especially the LDL (bad cholesterol). How? By providing your body with the following:
Essential Omega-3 and Omega-6 Fatty Acids
Polyunsaturated Fats or Alpha Linoleic Acids (ALA) are critical to a healthy diet. Finding foods which contain them, however, can prove difficult in today’s processed world. Fatty fish, such as salmon, flaxseed, and walnuts, are some of the rare places omega-3 are found, in addition to chia seeds. The fatty acids promote overall good health, particularly for your brain and heart to reduce inflammation.
For those looking to stop the aging process, antioxidants are a must. Antioxidants work to protect the human body from free radicals and cancer cells, while also slowing the effects of aging on a person’s appearance. One of the best places to find antioxidants is in the chia seed, where a high volume can be found.
A proper amount of fiber in one’s diet can go a very long way, as it plays host to numerous benefits including; regulated bowel movements, lowered cholesterol, reduced inflammation, and providing a feeling of fullness after a meal. Chia seeds carry a significant amount of fiber, meaning they can be added to any diet to ensure the benefits of fiber at every meal.
An Abundance of Minerals
The minerals prevalent in chia seeds are all necessary to a healthy and complete diet. These minerals include calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, and manganese and all offer excellent benefits to the body. In addition, minerals are necessary for the body to have energy and a proper metabolism meaning they can even help you lose weight.
The Health Benefits of Chia Seeds
Blood sugar levels determine a person’s level of energy. When their blood sugar is too low, they can act sluggish or tired. If it is too high, there could be even more serious implications. Chia seeds work to regulate the body’s insulin levels keeping blood sugar levels regulated. This helps to keep those who eat them energized and attentive.
High fiber foods tend to be poorly digested by the body. This means that eating them can lead to unpleasant digestive issues. In contrast, chia seeds are very easily digested by the body making them easy for consumption with any meal.
Delivers a “Full” Feeling
Another way in which chia seeds are great for weight loss diets is through their ability to make a person feel full, even after eating a smaller-than-usual portion. Many diet foods do not contain substantial amounts of fiber and protein, leaving people to feel hungry and unsatisfied. Chia seeds are an excellent solution for those who have trouble feeling satiated.
As if chia seeds didn’t already have enough to offer, they are also gluten free. This means they can be enjoyed as part of a gluten free diet for those with allergies or intolerances.
With just the addition of a few small seeds, your diet can go from lackluster to full of wonderful health benefits. Anyone can learn secrets of nutrition like these by contacting a qualified nutritionist in your area.
Have you ever wondered what the deal is with that pink salt on the store shelf? Well, lets fill you in! This special pink salt comes from the Himalayan mountains. For many years, this salt was crystalized beneath a layer of lava, ice, and snow. This means that it was kept away from any harmful pollutions, making this pink salt very pure.
This salt can help you relax your mind as well as your body. You might be wondering how it could relax your mind too. Well, you can put this salt right into the bath to help with tense, sore muscles which also helps stimulate circulation in your brain. The salt contains many beneficial minerals. When eating this salt, you consume less sodium and gain other great health benefits. Some of those health benefits include:
-reduces signs of aging
-helps detoxify heavy metals from body
-lower blood pressure
-helps blood vessel health
-improves blood circulation
-lowers blood pressure
Sometimes lifestyle changes can be overwhelming! When we break it down and do just 1 “right” thing at a time, it seems to get a little easier. Changing your salt is a good place to start!
Meet Jennifer! Jennifer is the new nurse here at Indy Wellness Center and we could not be more excited to have her on board. Jennifer answered 5 questions for us so we can all get to know her a little better:
1.Tell us about your academic life. Where did you go to school? Why did you choose nursing?
I attended the University of Indianapolis and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2013. I chose nursing because I am naturally a care-giver. I have always enjoyed helping people from all walks of life. Additionally, I have a great passion for learning about health-related topics and how the body works.
2.What brought you to Indy Wellness Center?
After spending time in the traditional health care field, I began to gain an interest in pursuing health and wellness through preventative medicine. I began my own personal journey to achieve wellness holistically and found great success. I then began a certification in health coaching so I could help others achieve the same success. This led me to find Indy Wellness Center. I am very excited to join this practice and continue my journey with functional medicine.
3.What do you like to do in your free time?
In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my three children, husband, dog, cats, and chickens. I also like to go to the gym and enjoy reading mystery and suspense novels.
4.If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?
I would like to travel to someplace like Hawaii that is warm, sunny, and has beautiful beaches.
5.What is your favorite part about being a nurse at Indy Wellness Center?
My favorite part about being a nurse at Indy Wellness Center is that I can be a part of a team that takes the time to listen and address the concerns and needs of the patients. I love that each person can leave feeling like they were heard.
We are very excited to have a new member on board here at Indy Wellness Center! Marissa answered 5 questions for us so we can all get to know her a little better:
1.Tell us about your academic life. Where do you go to school? What is your major and why did you choose it?
Ill be a senior at IUPUI this coming fall. I chose IUPUI because I come from a very small town and wanted to experience the city and the countless opportunities available to me. I came to IUPUI as a Pre-Dental Hygiene major and stuck with it until the end of my sophomore year. From there, I decided to switch my major to Health Services Management through the Fairbanks School of Public Health. Through my major I can be involved within the realm of healthcare and will help patients without actually being a practicing healthcare professional.
2.What brought you to Indy Wellness Center?
I came across this internship opportunity and was excited about the possibilities. This opportunity was much different than others I was aware of. I wanted to gain experience in a healthcare setting without being in a hospital or a large practice. I was also ecstatic to be in a functional medicine practice and learn more about the holistic wellness world.
3.What do you like to do in your free time?
In my free time I love to be outdoors enjoying the sunshine, traveling and exploring new places, watching Netflix documentaries, and as many people knownapping.
4.What do you want to do after college?
After graduating, I plan to utilize my degree in a small to medium-sized practice as an office manager– preferably in a nontraditional office somewhere in Colorado, or somewhere else West with a beautiful mountain view. From there, I may decide to go back for my Masters degree, or maybe even work towards becoming Marissa Birky LDH.
5.What is your favorite part about being an intern at Indy Wellness Center?
I look forward to being an intern at Indy Wellness Center because I know I will be working beside two of the most caring, smart, and kind women in the field. I appreciate and look forward to all of the opportunities Im given to learn more about holistic wellness and more. I love being able to meet new people and learn something new every day.
We are so excited to welcome our new intern to Indy Wellness Center! Stephany is majoring in Health Services Management at IUPUI’s Fairbanks School of Public Health. You can learn more about her below:
Why are you interested in public health?
Public Health is about the health of the community. I enjoy speaking about how we as a community can better ourselves through health education and awareness. I like to expand my mind to learning new challenges in the public health world and learning how we can better ourselves.
What do you like to do in your free time?
I like to watch documentaries about public health, read self-help books, spend time with my family, and plan for my upcoming wedding. I love to keep myself mentally and physically active.
What is your favorite part about being an intern at Indy Wellness Center?
My favorite part of about being an intern at the Indy Wellness Center is that I learn something new every day about the holistic wellness world. It varies from the work I get exposed to in the office or outside the office
There are many buzzwords in healthcare right now. Some of these include functional, holistic, and integrative. As a registered nurse at a functional and integrative medicine practice, I know all too well what these words mean. Most of the time, patients end up at our quaint doorstep in New Augusta Historic District because they have been around the healthcare block a few times.
Functional medicine seeks to identify the root cause of a symptom, ailment, or disease. This is different from integrative medicine, as its focus is to help and heal patients by utilizing techniques from both conventional medicine and alternative medicine. Because Indy Wellness Center is a functional and Integrative medical practice, our desire is to treat the root cause of an issue by using conventional and alternative approaches.
As I take vital signs, I like to talk to our patients about how they found our office. It is not unusual to hear that a person has been to multiple doctors and nurse practitioners without finding relief from their symptoms. Many of them are on anti-depressants, blood pressure medications, and hormonal contraceptives. Oftentimes, by the time they get to us, they have had every test and tried every medication possible in hopes of finally feeling like themselves again. In other words, they are ready to take a different approach.
Conventional medicine is great and necessary. If I were to suddenly experience difficulty breathing, I would want to be taken straight to the emergency room where they have the equipment and expertise to handle these situations. In this instance, and many more, conventional medicine is the correct answer. However, there are many examples of conventional medicine acting as a Band-Aid, covering the root cause of an issue.
One example that we see in our office is the over-use of antidepressant medications. When women begin perimenopause, their ovaries begin shutting down. A womans ovaries are responsible for producing progesterone. This places the woman in a state of estrogen dominance, where the estrogen is unusually high in relationship to progesterone. This imbalance causes many symptoms, one of them being depression. While an anti-depressant may help with the depression, it brings along a host of new side effects in addition to the ubiquitous symptoms that are not addressed by the medication. The major issue is antidepressants can actual worsen the root cause, hormone imbalance. This approach merely addresses what you can see on the surface, not the deeper issue.
Medications are terrific. At times, medications are necessary. If I were to be Type 1 Diabetic, I would want to be prescribed insulin, as my pancreas wouldnt be creating it for me. Science and research has allowed for those diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes to live longer and have an improved quality of life. Once again, conventional medicine plays a very important role in healthcare. However, some individuals have been prescribed so many medications that they dont know if their aches and pains are caused by an ailment or are simply a side effect of a drug. Polypharmacy is becoming a major issue in todays healthcare arena.
Integrative medicine doesnt seek to replace conventional medicine. In fact, Integrative medicine is an attempt to bring conventional medicine and alternative medicine together in order to best serve patients. It is imperative that we begin to treat each patient as a unique individual. Much like people, diseases do not manifest the same every time. This is the very core of the functional medicine approach.
-Brittany Katterjohn BSN RN
Are you looking to fight or prevent the flu? One way would be to drink this immune-boosting tea by Tara Miller! It is packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Its anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties will help to keep you in tip-top shape this winter.
Aside from the flu shot and frequent hand-washing, what can we do to help prevent the flu? Nurse Practitioner Robin and Nurse Brittany will be giving you the inside scoop on natural ways to “give the flu the boot” this season! Tune in to Fox 59 on Wednesday, November 4th at 9:00am as we speak to Angela Ganote on her segment “Angela Answers”. Want a little sneak peek of one of our tips? Check out this recipe for bone broth, which is packed with nutrients, collagen, and amino acids to help you stay in tip top shape as the weather continues to change. This recipe is by Katie of Wellnessmama.com. The link is below: