Hey everybody. I discovered a little something and thought I should share with the group. You all know I have been fighting a tummy bug for the past week or two. (TMI warning) It began with a severe stomach ache...it felt like I drank battery acid....it burned horribly bad and caused extreme lower back spasms. Then came the vomiting followed by severe diarreah. This went on for a few days every time I ate anything at all. Between meals, I was fine. After few days of that, I was able to keep some foods down but not always. I figured I needed to get back on my regular diet as soon as possible to combat the diarreah. I kept trying different foods until gradually the diarreah stopped and I was tolerating more foods. I was concerned about going the other way and getting constipated so I figured chia pudding is really bland and should be fine on my tummy as well as prevent constipation. I began eating my normal dose of chia seed pudding as a snack. Everytime I ate them my severe tummy ache would come back a few hours later. So I tried eating them with other food....some pulled pork, cheese etc. It didn't work and I still got so ill that I was back to vomiting. Then today I tried just doing a half dose 2T of chia seeds in my pudding. No dice. I got violently ill again. After that, I googled chia seeds and stomach pain. I found dozens of articles where people complain of severe stomach pain after eating chia seeds. It can occur spontaneously after having been fine with them for some time. Usually the pain occurs 2 to3 hours after eating them.
For now, I am going to pass on the chia seeds and get my fiber from other sources while my digestive sytstem heals, I suspect that it has more to do with the tummy bug making my system tender rather than the chia but I will be super careful if and when I try to take them again. This experience has been pretty awful and I will be glad when my tummy is better for good. Has anyone else had a problem??
FYI...the only thing that never makes my belly hurt is the frosty berry smoothie. It makes my burning belly feel better and is my goto for when I am sick.