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Panthers DE Keiser trying to sprout a career with Chia seeds

It’s not easy staying hydrated in Spartanburg, S.C., a sweltering steambath of a place.

But Panthers defensive end Thomas Keiser is going green at training camp trying to keep himself going.

Keiser told the team’s official website he’s drinking a mixture of water and Chia seeds to fend off the heat.

Yes, the same Chia seeds as the popular Pets of the same name.

“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.”

Keiser, who was second on the team with 4.0 sacks last year after being promoted from the practice squad, carries a gallon jug of water with the seeds floating it around with him. Teammates rag him about it, but he says it’s worth 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.

“Most of the guys think I’m pretty weird for carrying that around. I just keep telling them it’s like Mike’s Magic Juice in ‘Space Jam’.”

When I first read this, I thought Keiser was having fun with somebody, like Packers tight end D.J. Williams cow-wrestling routine.

But this seems legit from a nutritional standpoint. If nothing else, it could make for a more interesting mugshot when those things sprout.

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6 Responses to “Panthers DE Keiser trying to sprout a career with Chia seeds”
  1. blacknole08 says: Aug 10, 2012 11:04 AM

    Gotta admit I got a good laugh from this.

  2. cosmoandmelovepens says: Aug 10, 2012 11:36 AM

    Try gatorade

  3. asw1028 says: Aug 10, 2012 11:40 AM

    He’ll get the last laugh. While other players are struggling through practice and losing their roster spots Keiser will stay hydrated and keep making plays. I’m always amused when people get ridiculed for taking approaches to health that are ‘different’ but still very effective.

  4. tampacoltsfan says: Aug 10, 2012 12:44 PM

    How dare he use an all-natural drink to stay hydrated. Why isn’t he drinking the sports drinks that are kool-aid with salt and as much sugar as soda? World class marathon runners drink this as well

  5. pftree says: Aug 10, 2012 1:00 PM

    He should grow a tall 70’s style fro, and dye it green.

  6. covercorner says: Aug 10, 2012 4:34 PM

    The janitors must hate him, the toilets are growing chia fur.

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