Chia Seed—The Ancient Food of the Future; by Bill Anderson, cont’d
One of the exceptional qualities of the Chia seed is its hydrophilic properties.
Chia has the ability to absorb more than 12 times its weight in water. Its ability to hold on to water offers the ability to prolong hydration.
Fluids and electrolytes provide the environment that supports the life of all the cells of the body. Their concentration and composition are regulated to remain as constant as possible. With Chia seeds, you retain moisture; regulate more efficiently the body’s absorption of nutrients and body fluids. Because there is a greater efficiency in the utilization of body fluids, the electrolyte balance is maintained.
Fluid and electrolyte imbalances occur when large amounts of fluids are lost resulting from vomiting, diarrhea, high fever, or more commonly from sweating.
The loss of extracellular fluid occurs in these conditions. Intercellular fluid then shifts out of cells to compensate, causing abnormal distribution of electrolytes across cell membranes. This results in cellular malfunction.
So, retaining and efficiently utilizing body fluids maintains the integrity of extracellular fluids, protecting intercellular fluid balance. The results of which ensure normal electrolyte dispersion across cell membranes (electrolyte balance); maintaining fluid balances. This results in normal cellular function.