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Are You Eating These Healthy Seeds?

By Sara Butler

You may not be a bird, but that doesn’t mean you should shy away from seeds. Seeds have all kinds of health benefits you may not be aware of, which is why they should be a part of a healthy diet. Here are some seeds you may need to start adding to your diet!

Why Seeds are So Good for You

Seeds are small, but they are mighty. They are packed with minerals, vitamins, and other essential nutrients that your body needs to be healthy. They are also really easy to introduce into a diet because you can simply add a dash to a smoothie, salad, or any other entrée to get them in. Plus, it’s much easier to make small changes and make small additions to your diet in order to be healthier instead of making drastic, sweeping changes. So, embrace these seeds and take one step closer to healthier eating.

Chia Seeds

You’ve probably seen chia seeds around because this little seed has become pretty popular over the last couple of reasons – but for good reason. Chia seeds are a great way to add some fiber to your diet since they have almost 11 grams of fiber per ounce. The more natural fiber you can get in your diet, the lower your risk of developing a chronic disease such as diabetes. Plus, fiber helps to keep your blood sugar in check. You can easily add a dash of chia seeds to your morning yogurt or even make a pudding out of it.

Pumpkin Seeds

If chia seeds are out of your comfort zone, then go with the familiar pumpkin seed. These seeds are full of magnesium to promote heart health and have protective compounds called phytosterols in them. Pumpkin seeds can be roasted and packed up to serve as a quick snack when you’re in a pinch. You can also add them to salads, soups, or make pumpkin bread and use them as a crunchy topping.

Flaxseed

You can find flaxseed in a ground and whole seed form, and it’s best absorbed by your body when it’s ground. Flax is a wonderful source of fiber and magnesium, and a great source of omega-3 fatty acid and linolenic acid, both great tools to help fight chronic inflammation.

Seeds are great additions to any diet - so go ahead and seed up!

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.

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