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Fiber

Monday, December 23, 2013

Yesterday I posted a question to the message boards about using fiber supplements for better regularity. (The gluten free diet is well known for being too low in fiber.) Much earlier this year my doctor suggested I take them. She didn't even mention diet, so I tried to increase my fiber intake through what I ate. I was mildly successful, but the issues I was having still persisted.

I started thinking about fiber supplements again, but they make me nervous. No brand seems like a good option. So I asked for people's thoughts on them.

As I read through the responses, I decided that I would try a hybrid: use ground flax seed and finally try chia seeds in food -- sort of like a supplement but with actual food. That makes sense to me. When I went on that yoga/fitness retreat, one of my classmates would put some chia seeds with liquid and slowly drink it throughout the day. One tablespoon of chia seeds has 5 grams of fiber.

Do you use chia? Tell me about it!
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LJOYCE55 12/24/2013 12:28PM

  I did once see an article that talked about using chia seeds as a thickener for smoothies. Apparently, you add a teaspoon or so then wait for the chia seeds to absorb the liquid and thicken up. Add more as you need it. I never tried it, but sounds like it would work and a way to consume chia if you don't care for the taste.

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JULS_MARIE 12/24/2013 12:07PM

    I use flax for good fats, fiber and cholesterol maintenance, when I was around 280 my doc tried to give me lipitor for my bad cholesterol, but I did flax instead and my numbers got better within a month so she canceled the prescription. Good thing, I was nervous that I wouldn't be able to deliver with my healthy/ natural alternative..

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LJOYCE55 12/23/2013 8:57AM

  You don't say what the doctor was trying to fix. If cholesterol, then you need to use soluble fiber (apples, pears, metamucil). Otherwise, probably insoluable (whole grains, veggies). Flax seed not only has a high fiber content, but also good fat content so it does double duty. I think both your choices above are good ones, so your plan to try both sounds healthy to me.

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