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Sorry for the flood of questions but I'm curious about some things that have been mentioned to me as possible helping. Someone told me that hikers sometimes use Chia seeds to help keep themselved hydrated as the seeds retain 10 times their weight in water. Has anyone tried these and are they safe? I called the health food store and they don't sell these like they do flax etc. More pie in the sky? Susan

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HI Susan,

Welcome! I actually posted something on this topic in the last couple of months. I am ordering some chia seeds this week. And yes I've read tons of research that really are supposed to help with maintaining hydration and balancing electrolytes. Chia is a good source of protein, omega-3, B vitamins and minerals.

The Aztecs and Mayans used to eat it to sustain them on long hikes/journeys.

They are perfectly safe and can be used in a variety of ways. I've pasted an excerpt below from material I found online...

"Chia seed is a complete source of dietary protein, providing all the essential amino acids. Compared to other seeds and grains, chia seed provides the highest source of protein, between 19 to 23 percent protein by weight. One of the unique qualities of the chia seed is its ability to absorb more than nine times its volume in water or other liquid. This ability can prolong hydration and retain electrolytes in body fluids, especially during exertion or exercise. Normal fluid retention ensures electrolyte dispersion across cell membranes, maintains fluid balances, and aids normal cellular function.

The gel-forming property of chia seed tends to slow digestion and sustain balanced blood sugar levels, which can be helpful in preventing or controlling diabetes. Whole, water-soaked chia seeds can be easily digested and absorbed. This results in rapid transport of chia nutrients to the tissues for use by the cells. Chia also facilitates the growth and regeneration of tissue during pregnancy and lactation, and aids the regeneration of muscles for conditioning athletes and bodybuilders. For the dieter, this means feeling full with no more peaks and valleys in blood sugar levels."

I'll let you know if I like them and how my body responds!

Gena :)

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Is this the same stuff that is on chia pets?? Just curious.

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