How to Take Flaxseed for Constipation
A diet low in fiber, stress, sedentary lifestyle, an inadequate fluid intake are among the … causes of constipation. This common condition prevents the evacuation of fecal matter and causes symptoms such as abdominal pain, gas or bloating. In addition to altering individual lifestyle habits and making changes in your daily diet, you can resort to some natural tricks allowing you to combat a slow intestinal transit.
Properties of flaxseed
The reason why flax seeds are excellent for stopping constipation has to do with their significant amount of soluble fiber, essential nutrients to promote intestinal mobility and facilitate stool removal. Also, these seeds offer the following benefits (useful for controlling slow intestinal transit):
- They contain high amounts of mucilage (soluble fibers), making it possible to transform the water we consume into a kind of thick gel which facilitates the slippage of the stools in the intestine and thus the process of evacuation of stool.
- These seeds contain lignin and sulfur, two components that have a powerful laxative effect and allow hard stools to transit more quickly.
- These components are excellent because they allow to regenerate the intestinal flora and improve the digestion process.
- In this way, they help to eliminate the accumulated fats and toxins, in addition to preventing the absorption of these by the intestine.
Flax seeds are not only excellent for fighting constipation, but they have also been shown to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, lower cholesterol levels and help control diabetes.
How to take flaxseed to treat constipation
Because of all the properties mentioned above, flaxseed is considered a natural supplement very effective in fighting constipation and regulating intestinal transit.
The best way to consume flaxseed for this purpose is to prepare them by soaking them with a teaspoon of flaxseed and 1 cup of mineral water. Start by pouring water into a bowl and then add the flax seeds. Let steep for 8 hours or overnight to get the right preparation. The next morning, everything will be ready, and you can take a teaspoon 30 minutes before breakfast and another 30 minutes before bed.
Keep in mind that seeds should be consumed whole for an effective laxative effect. They should not be crushed before, in which case they will lose their nutritive qualities useful for treating constipation.
In case the tricks you have presented are not to your taste, you can also add a teaspoon of flaxseed to other foods or dishes such as yogurts, milk and even salads. We recommend combining foods that allow you to combat constipation. Here is an excellent tip: you can add the seeds to natural juices like the following juices: orange juice, pears, plums, blueberries and orange, beetroot and carrot, spinach, Celery, and pineapple or kiwi and orange juice. You can consult the full recipes in the article How to make natural juices against constipation.
How to treat constipation
In addition to using natural remedies as we have seen in consuming flax seed, treating constipation and relieving some troublesome symptoms, it is essential that you follow the recommendations that we give you below:
- Increase fiber in your diet, consume foods rich in this nutrient such as vegetables (green leafy vegetables, squash, asparagus), fruits (plums, kiwis, oranges, pomegranates, berries), legumes Beans, lentils), nuts and whole grains.
- Avoid eating these foods that constipate you like rice, banana, skinless apple, pastries and fatty foods.
- Drink 1.5 to 2 liters of water to moisten your intestines and promote intestinal motility.
- Exercise regularly. 30 minutes a day may suffice.
- Eat on a schedule and go to the bathroom as soon as you feel the need.
If your constipation is prolonged or chronic, we advise you to consult your doctor to determine the cause of the pathology and to start appropriate treatment.