Chia Seeds Questions
- Improving Regularity -
Appetite Suppressant - Bloating

by Vanessa

Question

Can I eat chia seeds as is in a tablespoon at night? Will that give me good fibre to stay regular? I do drink a huge glass of water with it.

Also, is it ok to have chia seeds as an appetite suppressant after a workout with my protein shake?

I suffer from bloating, will this affect me?

Thanks

Vanessa

Answer

I have tried eating chia seeds at various times of the day and for me, personally, I like to eat them in the morning in my protein drink. But not everyone is the same.

In your case, eating the chia seeds at night may be just the thing, but you are the best person to determine that by trying it out. Read the rest of my answers and then see what you want to do.

I know two people who tried using chia seeds to help regularity. One was dramatically helped, the other found no difference.

Important to Know about Chia

If you soak them first, they absorb water forming a gel. They love water, attract it and it becomes a part of each little seed.

When eaten dry, the chia seeds attract water while they travel through your digestive system. They actually pull water from your body. If you drink a glass of water, before or after eating the dry chia seeds, this may be enough for them but here's more to consider.

Will the water be around long enough to be fully absorbed by the chia seeds to still have the hydrating effect in your intestines? I believe this depends on how hydrated you body is. If you are getting enough water throughout the day, it may be enough, but if not, the chia seeds may not get their share as they make their way through the digestive track. They could be less affective and harder to digest.

I've observed that it takes the chia seeds about 20 minutes to absorb water while I stir the mixture every few minutes. It's able to absorb more as it sets in the fridge over night.


  • 1 Tbsp Chia Seeds in 1/2 C good water

  • Chia Seeds - start soaking in water at 5:00 PM

  • Stir about every 5 minutes

  • Chia Seeds - are ready to go into the fridge at 5:20 PM

  • Leave overnight or longer - will keep for several days

  • Chia Seeds - ready to eat - use all at once, or...

  • Eat 2 Tablespoons before each meal - see suggestion below


  • Note: You can make more or less at a time depending on your particular needs.


Improving Regularity

In my research, I did come across some information that may be helpful in working to improve regularity. If you soak the chia seeds the night before and then take a few tablespoons of the chia gel about 10 minutes before each meal, the chia seeds are suppose to contribute to a better digestive environment, becoming more beneficial to digesting each meal. I am in the process of trying this out now. So I can't recommend it one way or the other.

Eating chia gel before a meal has also been suggested if you want to eat less at that meal. The amount of chia gel to eat would depend on your individual body chemistry. Right now, before each meal, I am eating 1 Tablespoon of chia gel and my husband is eating 2 Tablespoons. Then I also mix more chia gel in our protein drink that we have for breakfast.

You might want to test this theory out for a couple of weeks for yourself and see what happens to your digestion and eating habits.

Taking Chia Seeds with Protein

As far as taking the chia seeds with your protein drink after a workout, I find it works really well for me. I've always eaten my chia in the morning mixed into my protein drink. I don't have attention on eating for several hours. But I also mix quite a bit of other foods into my drink to ensure I have a balanced meal. I don't consider chia seeds provide all the nutrition I need but they definitely are filling and provide lasting energy and stamina.

Chia Seeds and Bloating

Regarding your question about bloating... I always start a new food in tiny amounts. The body will take in nutrients and let go of waste that is stored in the cells. A new food may have nutrients that your body hasn't had for a long time or maybe has never even encountered.

By introducing a new food, there is an adjustment to do which can cause bloating, aches, pains, etc. Whatever is being replaced by the new food, makes its way out of the body, sometimes in a very uncomfortable manner.

There are other factors that can cause bloating such as:

  • Good and bad bacteria. This can be an ongoing problem if you have anything wiping out your good bacteria. This can be toxic chemicals in your environment, pesticides in your foods, medications or drugs. Any number of things that can create the wrong acid/alkaline environment in your body.

    If you have had your good bacteria reduced or wiped out, it's a good idea to take in a good probiotic until you have enough to keep the bad bacteria well under control. This could be an ongoing procedure in today's society.


  • Conflicting food types eaten together, such as meat and potatoes or meat and raw fruits.

    It's been many years since I've encountered the "conflicting food types" problem in regards to bloating. I looked into it about 45 years ago and found some good answers and have been practicing them ever since. Today there's a good book out called, "Food Combining & Digestion: 101 Ways to Improve Digestion" by Steve Meyerowitz and Rick Meyerowitz (Sep 2002)



I hope these answers help. If you need to know more, please feel free to ask more questions.

You can find more about Chia from the following links:

Chia Seeds - How Much a Day

The Best Chia Seeds - Why My Choice


Sincerely,

Janis





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