Chia seeds and constipation
This is surely one of the most common uses of chia seeds: constipation! Many people use them to relieve constipation and to go to the bathroom more easily and regularly, without really knowing why they are effective or how to use them to promote good bowel movement.
So let’s develop the subject to find out everything about the laxative virtues of these small seeds, recommended by nutritionists!
This way to buy inexpensive quality chia seeds of the Salvia Hispanica variety is needed to prepare the remedies in this article.
Chia seeds, from the Salvia Hispanica variety of the sage family, have become a fashionable food, to our delight.
They are used for their many health benefits, especially for weight loss, but also as a natural remedy against constipation.
Originally from Mexico, this seed was one of the staple foods of the Aztecs and Mayans who already used it for healing.
The seed is indeed full of good things for the organism, antioxidants, large amounts of vitamins (A, D, E, and K), minerals (iron, boron, potassium, calcium, phosphorus), and especially d essential fatty acids (Omega 3 and Omega 6) which makes it essential for your daily life.
The seeds have a high content of soluble and insoluble fiber which helps facilitate transit, and which also makes chia seeds help control our cholesterol.
These fibers are the main agents that improve digestion and help fight digestive problems including constipation.
Insoluble fiber stimulates bowel movement because it is not digested by the body, and it works by sweeping up wastes that the body does not need.
Soluble fibers, on the other hand, stimulate intestinal transit, because when they absorb water, they expand and allow residues to be adequately eliminated.
They also make it possible to increase the weight of the stool, which will facilitate the passage of each food consumed and facilitate their evacuation.
Chia seeds contain another plant compound called “mucilage”, a compound that causes chia to emit a sort of translucent gel in contact with water, which is particularly useful for having beautiful skin.
Mucilage also helps regulate intestinal transit and increase stool weight, while increasing the feeling of fullness, this is one of the reasons that we consume chia seeds during a diet.
In case of constipation, we recommend that an adult consume a maximum of 2 tablespoons of chia seeds per day.
For an optimal result, it is necessary to arrive at this dosage gradually to accustom the body to this new food, therefore start with 1 teaspoon, then the second day 2 teaspoons, until arriving at 2 tablespoons daily.
The ideal is to put the seeds to soak in a drink, water for example, or a fruit juice. Put a tablespoon of seeds to macerate in water for 15 minutes and drink the gel formed by the chia with the seeds.
Drink in the morning, on an empty stomach, and in the evening after a meal.
Do not hesitate to increase your consumption of drinks, already because it helps when you are constipated, but also because chia seeds absorb large amounts of water to be effective.
So drink more water, infusions, fruit juices, smoothies, teas, etc.
The important thing is to consume them, whatever the way. If you are loath to drink chia gel, add it to your general diet.
Add it to your yogurts, cereals, salads, pastries, cakes, cookies, etc.
We can give chia seeds to children, but in less quantity of course, and well soaked in water to avoid swallowing problems.
As a precaution, I always advise avoiding as much as possible giving it to babies and children up to 3 or 4 years old, always to avoid swallowing problems.
Otherwise from 3 or 4 years old, give half the amounts of an adult, no more than a tablespoon per day.