10 Amazing Reasons To Eat Chia Seeds Daily

10 Amazing Reasons to Eat Chia Seeds Daily

10 Amazing Reasons to Eat Chia Seeds Daily

Salvia hispanica, or Chia, is an herb in the mint family. This small plant, is an absolute gold mine of nutrition; it yields the precious chia seed. I consider the chia seed one of nature’s most efficient super foods. Two tablespoons of the tiny seeds contain 138 calories, 9 grams of fat, 10 grams of fiber, 5 grams of protein and a relatively large amount of calcium. The seeds are jam-packed with omega-3s. Chia seeds contain the omega-3 fatty acid alpha-lipoic acid that your body can convert to EPA and DHA.
In fact, research from top tier universities in the United States have proven that chia seeds are an invaluable source of nutrition. In pre-Columbian times, chia seeds were a component of the Aztec and Mayan diets and the basic survival ration of Aztec warriors. Supposedly, 1 tablespoon of the seeds could sustain a person for 24 hours.
Where do Chia Seeds come from?
Chia seeds were first cultivated in 3500 BC by the Aztec and Mayan civilizations. These cultures realized the value of these seeds and used them as currency. At that time, chia seeds were consumed as a grain alone or mixed with other seeds. They were also used to create beverages when dissolved in water, crushed into flour, included in medicines, and pressed for oil and used as a base for face and body paints. Aztec rulers received chia seeds as annual tributes from conquered nations. The seeds were even offered up to the gods during religious ceremonies.
Why you should eat chia seeds
1. To Get Full and Get Better Sleep
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Diabetes and Blood Donation

Diabetes and Blood Donation

Just because you have diabetes doesn't mean you can't help your community by being a blood donor.
When persons with diabetes maintain good control over their diabetes, and can meet any other requirements for blood donation, they are eligible to donate blood – with one exception: If, at any time, the person with diabetes has ever received bovine-derived insulin, they are not eligible to donate.
Animal-Based Insulin
Bovine-derived insulin (from a cow) and porcine-derived insulin (from a pig) were the first types of insulin administered to humans. It was not until the 1980s that human insulin and human analog insulin became the standard for treatment of diabetes. By 1998 Americans could no longer purchase domestically manufactured bovine insulin, and in 2006 domestic manufacturers ceased producing porcine insulin. Both types of insulin are still in use in other countries, but are illegal for Americans to import unless specific need can be proved.
The concern about use of animal-based insulin is the fear of transmission of animal genetic anomalies to humans. BSE (bovine spongiform encephalopathy or "mad cow disease") is a chronic neurological disorder of cows with an incubation period of from several months to several years. It is believed to be closely related to a similar disease called vCJD (new variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease) in humans. Because these are neurologically devastating diseases with no known cures, bovine-based products are heavily regulated.
Standard Requirements for Blood Donors
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How Going Barefoot May Prevent Diabetes, Promote Well Being

How Going Barefoot May Prevent Diabetes, Promote Well Being

Research indicates our health is enhanced by frequent connection to the earth’s electrical energy. Connecting with this energy is called earthing, or grounding.
We can connect our body’s electrical frequencies to those of the earth either directly, or indirectly. Direct contact includes being barefoot on grass or sand, or skin contact with soil, as when gardening. Using earthing technology (e.g. grounding mats, grounding sheets) connects us indirectly with earth’s energy.
Reduces Inflammation
Physical contact with the earth is associated with a reduction of inflammation in the body, and inflammation is linked to chronic conditions such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and depression.
Earthing diminishes inflammation because our planet’s surface is teaming with negatively charged ions. Ions are particles with extra electrons. When the cell-damaging free radicals roaming about our body absorb the earth’s available electrons, the free radicals are neutralized, and cannot instigate inflammation.
“Mounting evidence suggests that the Earth’s negative potential can create a stable internal bioelectrical environment for the normal functioning of all body systems,” wrote researchers in the Journal of Environmental and Public Health.
Heart Health and Blood Sugar
Another benefit of grounding is the thinning of our blood. Earthing improves the electrical energy between red blood cells. This counteracts the blood-thickening effects of sugary, fatty diets, smoking, radio frequency bombardment, environmental toxins, and emotional stress. The risk of heart attack and stro Continue reading

Why Your Dentist Is Part of Your Diabetes Treatment Team

Why Your Dentist Is Part of Your Diabetes Treatment Team

No one wants tender gums that bleed and pull away from loosening teeth, creating infections and bad breath. That is why good oral care is vital when you have type 1 or 2 diabetes.
Although anyone can develop gum disease there is a link between high blood sugar and increased incidence of periodontitis. Periodontitis (periodontal disease) is caused by bacterial infections that can eventually destroy attachment fibers and supportive bone that secure the teeth in our mouths.
People with diabetes also tend to have more serious cases of oral disease, which can trigger diabetic complications.
The Glucose and Periodontitis Link
The bacteria that cause gum disease thrive in sugary environments, and people with diabetes have more sugar in their mouths. This is why, along with good dental care, excellent glucose monitoring is the best periodontitis preventive.
People with fluctuating or chronically elevated blood sugar have the highest risk for periodontal disease and more difficulties if a mouth infection sets in. Increased glucose interferes with the body’s ability to heal infections.
On-going periodontitis can also make blood sugar control more problematic. A vicious cycle can occur where the body’s energy (glucose) and immune systems have a negative influence on each other. A severe infection may increase an individual’s insulin requirements, at least until the gum inflammation is healed. Sometimes, hospitalization is required.
Other Factors
Diabetes weakens collagen—an important element in our soft gum tissue and in tissue that connects tooth to bone.
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How Can We All Sock It To Diabetes? This is How

How Can We All Sock It To Diabetes? This is How

As many of you know, November is Diabetes Awareness Month. Yet there remains a lot of confusion amongst the diabetes community when it comes to how one can show their support in the fight against diabetes. As we’ve recently posted, there is no universal symbol for diabetes. There is no universal color.
This needs to change. Diabetes is a disease that not only alters lives, but takes lives. It is a disease that, like so many others, has been without a cure, and will be for some time. More importantly, with 371 million people worldwide affected by diabetes, it is a universal disease. And it needs a voice.
So, throughout the month of November, we’re going to be socking it to diabetes. That’s right, we’re going to be socking it to diabetes. And we want you to grab your socks and join in! Confused as to how? Here you’ll find the instructions for how you can Sock It To Diabetes.
Step #1: Choose Two Colors
a. Orange
b. Grey
c. Blue
Or, if you can, choose all three! The goal here is to be mismatched.
***Remember: Your socks DO NOT have to be solid blue, solid orange, or solid grey. Have a pair of pink and blue argyle socks? WEAR ‘EM! Any and all patterns are welcome, as long they clearly have orange, blue or grey in them.
Step #2: Put Socks On
Once you have your two colors chosen (Blue + Orange, Blue + Grey, Orange + Grey), take one sock and put it on your left foot. Take the other sock (not of the same color) and put it on your right foot.
Step #3: Take Pictures
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