Chia seed is a relatively new supplement available on the market. It is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, which are beneficial to the heart and the body as a whole. It is also rich in fiber, both soluble and insoluble. This fiber is what makes it so beneficial to your colon. Much of the American diet today is devoid of quality fiber, and therefore our colon begins to back up. Chia seed can be a great addition to reestablish regularity, and clean out your system.
Mix a tablespoon of seeds in about eight ounces of water and let it sit for five minutes. This will allow the soluble fiber in the seeds to absorb as much water as possible before drinking. Letting the seeds absorb the water makes them easier to consume, and allows the fiber to function most effectively.
Alternately, mix the chia seed into yogurt. This method makes it easier to consume, since it is almost unnoticeable in the yogurt. This method also provides a healthy amount of protein in addition to the fiber. One tablespoon in eight ounces is sufficient.
Consume the chia seed two to three times daily, either with or right after meals. This regular consumption for 2 to 4 weeks will help to clean your system out, and establish regularity.
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It is best not to attempt too many colon cleanse methods at once. If using other supplements or methods start with only a single serving per day.
Chia seeds are available at The Whole Foods Market, as well as many online supplement stores.
Try not to get too much fiber. Even though fiber is required for bowel regularity, too much can impede regularity. If you do not notice an increase in regularity to two to three bowel movements per day then you should see your licensed health care practitioner.
Aaron Thornton is a certified personal trainer and nutritionist in Fresno, CA. He is also finishing up his degree at California State University: Fresno in kinesiology: exercise science. His objective is to help educate people on how to eat and live healthier, so they can feel good in their body.