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Chia Seeds causing IBS-C problems?


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I have had IBS-D for decades.  Sometimes worse than others, but yeah - always an issue (mostly in the mornings).  Recently I thought - what if I add chia seeds and maybe level things out?  I made up some chia seed pudding and started having a tablespoon in the evenings.  It does seem to be levelling things out somewhat, but about every 5 mornings I have HORRIBLE constipation, with sharp stabbing pains in the gut, etc.  Thoughts?  Is there a way of using fibre to level out diarrhea without creating the opposite problem?

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Jeffrey Roberts

An old school treatment is to use Metamucil daily to help with diarrhea.

Chia seeds do have an enormous amount of fibre. Lentils are similar. You would think this would increase diarrhea rather than constipation.

Could it be that you need more water along with the chia seeds?

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Chia seeds can be a double-edged sword for IBS-D, while offering some relief they can also cause constipation. Here's a breakdown and some suggestions:

Why chia seeds might be causing constipation:

  • High fiber: Chia seeds are high in fiber, which can bulk up stool and slow down digestion. This is great for diarrhea, but too much too fast can lead to constipation.

How to use chia seeds for IBS-D without constipation:

  • Start slow: A tablespoon might be too much for your system to handle initially. Begin with a half teaspoon and gradually increase over a week or two.
  • Hydration is key: Fiber absorbs water. Make sure you're drinking plenty of fluids (around 8 glasses a day) throughout the day, especially when consuming chia seeds. This helps the fiber move smoothly through your digestive system.
  • Try ground chia: Whole chia seeds can be difficult to digest. Grinding them before consuming can make them easier on your system.

Alternatives for regulating IBS-D:

  • Psyllium husk: This soluble fiber forms a gel in your intestines, adding bulk and consistency to stool. It's gentler than chia seeds and might be a better option.
  • Low FODMAP diet: Certain fermentable carbohydrates (FODMAPs) can worsen IBS symptoms. Following a low FODMAP diet can help identify and eliminate triggers.

Consulting a doctor:

  • It's important to discuss your IBS and dietary changes with your doctor. They can help you create a personalized plan that addresses your specific needs and avoid potential complications.

Remember, everyone's body reacts differently. Experiment and find what works best for you. If the constipation persists even with adjustments, consult your doctor for further guidance.

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On 6/24/2024 at 5:28 PM, haroon121 said:

Chia seeds can be a double-edged sword for IBS-D, while offering some relief they can also cause constipation. Here's a breakdown and some suggestions:

Why chia seeds might be causing constipation:

  • High fiber: Chia seeds are high in fiber, which can bulk up stool and slow down digestion. This is great for diarrhea, but too much too fast can lead to constipation.

How to use chia seeds for IBS-D without constipation:

  • Start slow: A tablespoon might be too much for your system to handle initially. Begin with a half teaspoon and gradually increase over a week or two.
  • Hydration is key: Fiber absorbs water. Make sure you're drinking plenty of fluids (around 8 glasses a day) throughout the day, especially when consuming chia seeds. This helps the fiber move smoothly through your digestive system.
  • Try ground chia: Whole chia seeds can be difficult to digest. Grinding them before consuming can make them easier on your system.

Alternatives for regulating IBS-D:

  • Psyllium husk: This soluble fiber forms a gel in your intestines, adding bulk and consistency to stool. It's gentler than chia seeds and might be a better option.
  • Low FODMAP diet: Certain fermentable carbohydrates (FODMAPs) can worsen IBS symptoms. Following a low FODMAP diet can help identify and eliminate triggers.

Consulting a doctor:

  • It's important to discuss your IBS and dietary changes with your doctor. They can help you create a personalized plan that addresses your specific needs and avoid potential complications.

Remember, everyone's body reacts differently. Experiment and find what works best for you. If the constipation persists even with adjustments, consult your doctor for further guidance.

Also, Chia seeds are nutritional powerhouses. High in fiber, they aid digestion and promote feelings of fullness. They're also rich in omega-3 fatty acids, beneficial for heart health. Additionally, chia seeds offer antioxidants, calcium, and iron. Enjoy them in various ways – sprinkle them on yogurt, bake them in treats, or soak them for pudding.

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