One of the least discussed yet most problematic widespread conditions in the world is Irritable Bowel Syndrome, or IBS. It afflicts roughly 14% of the US population, around 10% of all people in the United Kingdom, and upwards of 30% of the population in less developed countries. IBS is divided into three types, depending on how exactly it afflicts its victims: IBS-D, which manifests itself predominantly as diarrhea; IBS-C, which causes bouts of constipation, and IBS-A, which leads to persistent pain caused by alternating stool patterns. Other more general symptoms include chronic fatigue, headaches, backaches, persistent abdominal pain, along with psychiatric symptoms indicative of anxiety or depression.
So what exactly causes IBS in so many people? Sometimes, the cause can be a result of purely psychological factors – a significant number of IBS sufferers have been found to be suffering from symptoms of either depression or anxiety. However, a large part of it is down to physical causes brought about by poor lifestyle choices, especially when it comes to diet. Fortunately for the millions of IBS sufferers around the world, they can rely on chia seeds to help relieve their symptoms and finally find some comfort.
So how exactly do chia seeds help relieve IBS? Well, for one thing chia seeds are packed with loads of soluble fiber, so much so that their complex structure can absorb up to 10 times its own weight in water, causing the formation of ‘chia gel’. Whether you consume chia in this gel form or eat them dry, it will absorb any water you might have drank along with your meal and will grow as it travels through your digestive system. This has two immediate results: first, it helps dieters and diabetics keep their weight and blood sugar levels in check by moderating the amount of glucose in our blood at any given time; secondly, the gel also acts as a scrubber of sorts for the intestinal walls, cleaning them of any residue or matter that may have become stuck, causing discomfort and constipation. The chia gel also helps with people afflicted with IBS-D, first by helping to keep them hydrated, and also because the fiber helps act as a bulking agent that improves the consistency of stool. The bottom line is, whatever type of IBS you have, chia seeds are going to help relieve your symptoms, giving you one less thing to worry about in life.
Don’t think that any sort of fiber will do. Most of the fiber we get from our daily foods is insoluble fiber, often found in foods such as bran flakes, wheat products, and certain fruits and vegetables. While this type of fiber can also help relieve the symptoms of IBS, it does so with less effectiveness as the fiber you can find in chia seeds.
And since chia seeds are an all natural superfood, you get to enjoy other health benefits as well. It’s packed with heart and brain friendly omega-3 fatty acids, way more than you’ll ever find from a serving of tuna or salmon, without all the fat or calories. It’s also chock full of bone building calcium, with levels exceeding even those found in milk. Don’t put up with IBS for one more minute. Try some chia seeds and see what a difference it can make.
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