Lately I have been doing research about how to keep my diet healthy without making too many dramatic changes at once and discovered there are 4 major power seeds which can be added into my diet, without too drastic of a change. These seeds can add fiber, protein or health boosting minerals and are small additions you can add into your existing diet.
Pumpkin seeds are usually the most familiar to most people; they are a great source of magnesium, which helps to promote a healthy heart. When the body does not have enough magnesium it can have symptoms such as; fatigue, nausea or loss of appetite. You can add pumpkin seeds to your favorite salad, pasta or in a smoothie. Chia seeds are also a wonderful seed to incorporate into your diet because they add fiber into the body. Ensuring your body has enough fiber is important to lowering cholesterol and prevents diabetes and heart disease. Eating foods, like chia seeds which are rich in fiber also help the body feel fuller and lowers your urge to keep eating. Chia seeds can be added into your oatmeal, sprinkled on top of a smoothie and added into a simple dish like meatballs.
Flax seeds are another great addition to your diet. Like the pumpkin seed it contains magnesium, as well as fiber. Flax seeds are also great because they contain alpha-linolenic acid. Alpha-linolenic acid is an omega-3 fatty acid that can help to reduce inflammation. With flax seeds you can store them in the fridge to keep them fresher for longer. Flax seeds can also be put in your favorite salad, cereal or oatmeal for extra protein. I’ve saved the best for last, hemp seeds. These seeds are great for those who are vegetarian because it is high in protein, which usually comes from meats. Hemp seeds are special because they are considered a complete protein, which contain all 9 amino acids. They are also high in omega-3, magnesium and iron. Hemp seeds can be sprinkled on a salad, in granola and in smoothies.
If you have questions regarding your diet or seeds please speak to your local wellness doctor or nutritionist like San Diego Chiropractors Dr. Henry Wong. Many San Deigo Chiropractor are now incorporating nutrition programs into their office so their patients can obtain their most optimal health. Remember to get checked by a professional before making diet or supplement changes.