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BE CAREFUL ADDING FLAXSEED TO YOUR DIET

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

I have been attempting to add new foods to my eating plan to stave off boredom and to give my body a variety of foods. I bought ground flaxseed and have been adding it to my morning oatmeal and sprinkling it on a salad, vegetables, or a main dish. I was told to start out using it sparingly, and I thought I was. Not long after I started it, I noticed that I was becoming somewhat constipated. I also noticed the scale stalled for a while and now I've gone up 2 pounds.

It took me a few days to realize it, but the flaxseed is causing both my constipation and weight gain. I have felt like I had to go, but my bowel movements were fewer and farther between and I had that uncomfortable abdominal feeling from not going regularly.

First I cut down on the flaxseed to a total of less than a tablespoon per day and then I cut that in half. The problems have improved some, but not completely...I started having at least one bowel movement per day (although small). The scale hasn't moved yet. So now I've decided to stop taking the flaxseed altogether until my system is back to normal and then just put it on my cereal in the morning. I am positive that it's what stopped my weight loss.

I'm not going to make any other changes, so if things go back to normal, I'll be assured that the flaxseed was the culprit. I'm writing this in case others of you are trying new things also. If you try to incorporate flaxseed into your eating plan go VERY SLOW!! I'll post an update when my system gets back to normal.
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MHDBEA 3/29/2011 4:07PM

  Thanks for your input. I just bought a package of seeds and will start out very carefully by grinding a very small amount at a time and using very small amounts. I'm curious to see if there are any side effects. My nutritionist recommended it to me to lower my triglycerides and cholesterol.

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AMZY01 11/9/2010 10:59PM

    Okay, I started using adding ground flaxseed to my cereal about 2 weeks ago and shortly after, I started having stomach issues--gas, bloating, abdominal pain. Then it dawned on me that I started having the issues after adding the flaxseed to my diet. I did some research and found that others had similar issues. I didn't put any on my cereal today and I feel a little better. Guess I'll cut WAY back on the amount. I've been miserable!

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MOLLYJ9 4/10/2010 2:03PM

    Hi there, I use flaxseed in my breads and cereals. I have not had that problem. Maybe it is because I drink so much water? Keep us posted on the results you are finding.

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HOLDERQUEEN 4/7/2010 3:56PM

    I ground up flax seed and put it in my yogurt every morning, just started back on Monday, and it has relived my constipation almost to the point that i almost have the runs.

also, if the muscles and in your lower back are tight, it puts pressure on the nerves and that may be one source of why you are constipated. you might want to go to the chiropractor, or stretch until your lower back pops.

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HOLDERQUEEN 4/7/2010 3:56PM

    I ground up flax seed and put it in my yogurt every morning, just started back on Monday, and it has relived my constipation almost to the point that i almost have the runs.

also, if the muscles and in your lower back are tight, it puts pressure on the nerves and that may be one source of why you are constipated. you might want to go to the chiropractor, or stretch until your lower back pops.

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HOLDERQUEEN 4/7/2010 3:56PM

    I ground up flax seed and put it in my yogurt every morning, just started back on Monday, and it has relived my constipation almost to the point that i almost have the runs.

also, if the muscles and in your lower back are tight, it puts pressure on the nerves and that may be one source of why you are constipated. you might want to go to the chiropractor, or stretch until your lower back pops.

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TIGGER2908 3/20/2010 9:01PM

    I've started using Salba recently. It's similar to flaxseed, so I've been told, but with more fiber. I got it at the local BulkBarn. It's another option, anyway. Good luck, Ginny.

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SUNRISESUNSET 3/18/2010 9:19PM

    I heard good things about it, but it's nice to get another perspective. It shows that what works for one won't necessarily work for us all. Thanks for the tip!

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LAINYC 3/18/2010 12:53PM

    I use 2Tbs of ground Flaxseed almost daily and it has the opposite effect. The package suggests that you keep it in the refrigator; because it can go bad fast. I keep mine in the freezer. I hope you get better. emoticon

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WINDINMYSAILS 3/17/2010 10:20PM

    I had recently bought the ground flaxseed and kept it in the frig, but it may have been at the health food store for a while, I don't know.

I started using a half tablespoon over a day's time in the beginning and then cut that in half.

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GIGIANDDAISY 3/17/2010 10:11PM

    wow....glad u r feeling better....I actually thot Flax seed was helpful with people who were constipated.
How much were you taking a day? Was it maybe too much?
I occasionally add a teaspoon to my oatmeal or salad...not enough to be detrimental I hope.

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DOODLESMAMA1 3/17/2010 9:59PM

    I have been buying the whole flax seeds and grinding them when I am ready to use them. I mostly put them in bread that I make in my bread machine. The bread is really good, and I have not experienced any problems such as you have, even though I eat it almost every day. Did you buy the flax seed already ground? I read that they must be refrigerated and used very soon after being ground, or they go bad very quickly. Maybe they hadn't been stored properly before you got them, and that might have caused problems?

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PEGGYJEAN13 3/17/2010 9:49PM

    I purchased flaxseed oil and it has not seemed to cause any of the problems you mentioned. I read about it in one of my health magazines. It comes in the same form as the Omega 3. One of the TV doctors said it was also good for making your hair shiny. I have not seen anything different with my hair yet but I have only been taking it for a week.

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ROX2013 3/17/2010 9:41PM

    I buy ground oat bran to mix in like my meatloaf. I use steel cut oat meal for breakfast. But I had the same problem when was trying to use flaxseed to reduce my chol. numbers. Now I just take a fish oil omega 3 capsule a day and leave the flaxseed for others to use. emoticon

I have been shopping at a store that has bulk grains. So I can try out different ones and only have to buy a small amount to try. It has been interesting...A lot of them are ok but one I haven't developed a taste for is something they call winterberry mix. It seems to a mix of different grains that also seems to cause constipation as well as gas.

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