This may be a bit TMI for some, but I cannot stand for any more women to suffer in silence and shame! After having yet ANOTHER conversation last week with a client who confided that they suffered from chronic constipation, it became painfully obvious to me that far too many ladies are literally full of crap! The statistics bear this out as well: about 20% of Americans are affected by chronic constipation and significantly larger percentage experience occasional difficulties. This backup can cause uncomfortable bloating, abdominal pain, and other rather unpleasant symptoms. Now, constipation CAN be a sign of a very serious medical problem, and you should see a doctor if you are really concerned about it. However, the reason it comes up with my clients so often is that it is usually related to diet.
Americans eat a very low-fiber, high fat, refined, and processed diet. Fiber, as I tell my AINA IS students, acts as the “body’s broom,” sweeping out all of the waste products left over after your body digests the food you eat. The American Dietetic Association recommends most adults consume 20-35 grams of fiber every day, but most people only get 5-14 grams. No wonder things aren’t moving! Inadequate hydration and activity, as well as stress, certain medications, and disruptions in routine (like travel) can also contribute to the problem.
But what if you are an active, well-balanced, hydrated, fiber consuming, and otherwise healthy person and you STILL have problems?
Yes, the same seed that can sprout a glorious head of hair on a decorative Mr. T planter can also help you poop. A tablespoon at night may just be that miracle natural cure you’ve been looking for. Chia is extremely fibrous and is the richest plant source of heart healthy Omega 3. It’s also a great source of calcium and protein. You can sprinkle this tasteless seed over your oatmeal, stick in baked goods, take it straight up, or mix it with water. If you let the seeds stand in liquid for a few minute, they turn into a thick gel, which you can also slurp down if that doesn’t gross you out too much. Chia seeds can absorb up to 9 times it weight in liquid, making it ideal for endurance athletes who have hydration concerns. Most importantly to me however, is chia’s amazing ability to regulate the digestive system!
Have you ever used chia seeds as a nutritional supplement?