Staying hydrated in the heat wave is incredibly important. I stick to fruits – grapes, berries, oranges – any fruit that has a good amount of water when consuming. However, running around in this heat to meetings or using your Citibike to get to meetups, overheating is highly likely. Particularly with the amount of coffee people tend to consume – yes, coffee does dehydrate you. Beyond the fruit, for solid hydration, I recommend chia seeds. Take 1-2 tablespoons in a pint glass and fill with water. Let the seeds sit for a few minutes and they will begin to congeal. Mix it up and let the seeds continue to congeal. Mix some more and drink. It is like lumpy water and they might be a bit crunchy.
Chia seeds can absorb up to 9 times their weight with water, hence the congealing effect. Your body can take time absorbing this hydration versus absorbing water in it’s pure form when drinking a glass of water. Chia seeds are also nourishing. They contain iron, calcium, phosphorus, thiamin, zinc, vitamin B6, vitamin C, magnesium, niacin, folate and riboflavin. It is also a good source of fiber, which the omega-6 driven American diet is deprived of in most of it’s traditional offerings.
Chia seeds are also good for dieting, but that is not my goal. Living better is my goal. Chia seeds will keep you hydrated. They can be pricey in some local shops, but try vitacost.com or nuts.com for a fair deal. I bought a two pound bag from vitacost and it lasts for months…!
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For more healthy facts and a great recipe visit, Why Eat Chia Seeds? by Brittany Mullins