Out: Gatorade; In: Chia-Pet Seeds

by Greg Pollowitz

For real. CBS Sports:

Athletes do some weird stuff, man. But this might take the cake: Thomas Keiser, a defensive end for the Panthers, has spent training camp ingesting chia seeds — yes, like the ones used to grow Chia pets — along with drinking a gallon of water a day in order to stay hydrated.

The natural reaction to this, for me, is to wonder why his stomach hasn’t gone all Alien on him, bursting open with fake green flowery goo. Most people, according to Max Henson of Panthers.com, apparently just ask him if the chia seeds are the same thing used for Chia Pets.

“People ask me all the time if it’s the same stuff that’s in Chia Pets. It is,” Keiser said. “I’ll have probably two or three tablespoons in somewhere between two-thirds and a full gallon of water every day.”

So Keiser takes these seeds and dumps them in his water and carries them around training camp drinking the mixture and trying to freak people out. Apparently though, there’s some sort of science behind it.

“It helps hydrate you, because it absorbs 10 times its weight in water,” Keiser said. “And instead of the water just going in your system and flushing right out, it’s going to sit in you longer.”

The rest here.

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