Like many people with chronic health issues I have experimented with taking a variety of nutritional supplement in my quest for better health. Over the years I spent a small fortune trying various vitamins, minerals, herbs, digestive enzymes, and supplement formulas recommended by naturopathic and medical physicians, chiropractors, articles on the Internet, friends, and network marketing sales people. The big breakthroughs in my health however did not come from consuming any of these products and over time I became increasingly intolerant of supplements altogether. I have come to the conclusion for myself that the best way to obtain good nutrition is through eating a variety of whole foods.
The journalist Michael Pollan is one of my heroes on the subject of healthy eating. Through his articles in the New York Times magazine and books including "The Omnivore's Dilema" and "In Defense of Food" he has raised public awareness about the industrialization of agriculture and the flaws of nutritional science. In the case of my family he is preaching to the choir as we've been eating primarily whole foods for years, growing our own vegetables, raising chickens for eggs, and having the good fortune to have access to Alaskan seafood and pasture raised beef. I think that human beings can utilize the nutrition in whole foods better than vitamins and minerals that have been synthesized into supplement form.
There are some foods that are particularly dense in beneficial nutrients. These so called "super foods" provide a great source of nutrition in a natural way and provide a good alternative to nutritional supplements. Some common super foods include salmon, eggs, garlic, green leafy vegetables, quinoa and yogurt. Other more obscure super foods from around the globe that are marketed specifically for their health benefits include chlorella, spirulina, goji and acai berries, raw cacao, maca and noni.
Mila is proprietary selection of the whole raw chia seed or Salvia hispanica L. - a super food originally cultivated by the Aztecs who referred to it as "running food". When the Spanish conquered the Aztecs they burned the chia fields as a means of suppressing the native culture. In recent times chia has been "rediscovered" as a remarkable super food and source of dietary fiber, protein, omega 3 fatty acids, antioxidants and phytonutrients. After years of careful scientific study Mila was developed using specially selected chia strains grown at specific altitudes and latitudes with specific soils and growing seasons to produce the highest nutritional value. The raw seeds are ground with a proprietary technology to maximize this food's bio-availability. Mila can be mixed with water or any beverage or combined with a variety of foods and does not require refrigeration.
I found out about Mila from a friend of mine who suffers from fibromyalgia. She told me that Mila had made a big difference in her irritable bowel symptoms and energy. I was reluctant to try Mila considering my hypersensitivity to many foods and supplements but I found that I tolerate Mila quite well. My bowel movements improved within a few days and are now are more regular and normal looking. For best results I let the Mila soak in liquid for at least six minutes before drinking. After over ten years of chronic constipation, bloating and occasional loose stools this is a welcome change. I had previously tried probiotics, digestive enzymes and hydrochloric acid to address this issue with little success. If this is all Mila can do for me I will be pleased. Although I personally do not think that diet alone can provide the catalyist for systemic changes required to reverse serious conditions such as chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia, a healthy diet is nonetheless an important requirement which is why I list it as my number one "Strategy for Healing" in the opening post of this blog. I think that Mila which contains exceptionally high levels of omega fatty acids, protein and fiber as well as calcium, magnesium, iron and selenium is a positive addition to my diet.
Mila is sold by independent distributors of the network marketing company Lifemax. If you want to order some Mila you can buy it from me at http://www.lifemax.net/dardenburns . There is a lot of good information on the website. I am happy to send any my "fibro friends" free samples and will be interested to keep track of how others do with this.