Kratom (Mitragyna speciosa) has gained a lot of popularity in the Western World thanks to its properties and effects. But although kratom can help people relieve pain or fight anxiety, it also has side effects. One of kratom’s most common side effects is constipation. The mix of kratom and chia seeds can help you relieve the symptoms of kratom constipation. Keep reading to learn more!
Kratom is a natural product native to Southeast Asia that can relieve many conditions and ailments. Chronic pain, anxiety, depression or insomnia are some of the issues that kratom can help with. It is also helping many people who are recovering from an addiction since kratom also relieves the symptoms of withdrawal.
You will usually buy kratom in powder, which is the result of grinding the leaves of kratom after undergoing a drying process. In its native soil, local people chew or brew the fresh leaves of kratom (Mitragyna speciosa) to relieve pain or to endure the harsh working conditions.
Kratom Induced Constipation
A great number of kratom users report experiencing constipation when consuming this herb. Kratom constipation is indeed a very common side effect of this plant.
When taking kratom, your intestinal tract movements slow down. The result is less frequent bowel movements and a harder stool, which can also end up in hemorrhoids.
In order to fight this common side effect, kratom users should drink plenty of liquids, eat many vegetables and fruit, and take fiber supplements or even a mild laxative. It may also be very important to reduce the dosage or even to make a kratom break until the symptoms go away.
But by combining kratom and chia seeds you can also fight and avoid kratom constipation.
Properties of Chia Seeds
Chia (Salvia hispanica) is a plant in the mint family that grows in many areas of South America, Central America, and in some parts of the southwest of United States. This plant has become a popular commercial crop thanks to the properties of its seeds.
Chia seeds are a superfood and have become incredibly popular thanks to its multiple properties. Many people concerned about their health have started taking these tiny seeds.
Health and nutritious properties of chia seeds include:
- Very rich in fiber
- High-protein content
- Rich in omega-3 fatty acid
- High antioxidant content
- Rich in magnesium, calcium, manganese, phosphorus, and zinc
- Good content of vitamins B1 and B2
Hence, adding chia seeds to your diet could help you lose weight, prevent oxidative damage, lower your blood sugar levels, protect your cardiovascular system, and improve your bone health. And of course, chia seeds are also a great ally to fight constipation.
How to Mix Kratom and Chia Seeds
Actually, you don’t need to mix kratom and chia seeds. You can take chia seeds separately from your kratom dose. But of course, you can add chia seeds to your kratom tea or add kratom to a chia seeds smoothie.
And how should I take chia seeds? The easiest way of taking chia seeds is by soaking them in water. Add 1 or 2 teaspoons of chia seeds in a glass of water and let them sit for 30 minutes before drinking it. You will notice the water has now a sticky, gelatinous texture. You can use fruit juice instead of water. And if you want to take your kratom and chia seeds together, let the seeds soak in kratom tea. Moreover, wet chia seeds help prevent dehydration.
Another common way of taking chia seeds is by adding them to smoothies. When you make a chia smoothie, you can soak the seeds in water first. But you can also add them directly to your smoothie, without soaking them. We recommend you soak them first so they are easier to digest and to maximize its nutritious properties.
If you want to use chia seeds to fight kratom constipation, we recommend you start taking one teaspoon per day and increase that amount gradually. Do not start with higher amounts or you could end up experiencing diarrhea or other stomach issues.
Do not eat dry chia, without any liquid, because it could absorb the water from your body and end up causing a blockage.
Other Side Effects of Kratom
Sadly, constipation is not the only side effect of kratom. Large doses or frequent use of kratom could cause other side effects, such as:
- Stomach upset
- Eye wobbles
- Libido loss
The best way to avoid kratom side effects is to take low to moderate doses and to avoid using kratom on a daily basis.
Kratom and Chia Seeds Smoothie
If you want to add chia seeds to your kratom routine, you can start with this fruity smoothie.
- ½ to 1 teaspoon chia seeds
- Kratom (your usual dose)
- 8 oz (1 cup) milk (you can use dairy or vegetable milk)
- ¾ cup raspberries
- ¾ cup strawberries
- 1 tablespoon oats
- ½ tablespoon maple syrup
- Soak the chia seeds 20-30 minutes before making the smoothie
- Remove the strawberry leaves and cut the fruits into smaller pieces
- Place all the ingredients in the blender
- Blend until you get a smooth texture
This smoothie will help you mix kratom and chia seeds and fight kratom constipation.