1/3 cup chia seeds
2 cups water


Put the chia seeds and the water into a jar with a tight-fitting lid, such as a Mason jar. Make sure the lid is properly closed.

Shake it up until the seeds are blended with the water. Now what you need to do is...

...Let the jar sit for a minimum of 10 minutes before you start eating the gel. Shake it again or open the jar and whisk the contents before eating. You don’t have to do this every time you eat it – just do it this one time as part of the preparation of the chia gel.

Some people like to leave the gel anywhere from half an hour to overnight before they use it, as they believe this increases the nutrient value of the gel.

Once your chia gel is ready, STORE IT IN THE FRIDGE. It will keep for several days. I’ve read that it keeps for 2 weeks, but I like to use it within 4 – 5 days.

Dry chia seeds do not need refrigeration.

For a smoother gel:

Use the same ingredients but, before mixing the water and chia, grind the seeds into a powder in a clean coffee bean grinder.

How much should I eat?

There is a lot of nutrition in a small amount of chia, so you only need to eat one tablespoon at a time. On average, a typical amount to consume is anywhere from one to four tablespoons of chia gel a day.

At the same time, it’s okay to eat as much chia gel as you want (since it’s so concentrated, you’re unlikely to overdo it.) If you have diarrhea or have been vomiting, you may need higher doses to help restore your health. Athletes, too, need more nutrients so would eat more.

If you’re dieting or you have hunger pangs because your foods are limited by wonky digestion, eat 1 - 3 spoonfuls of chia gel any time you need it or before a meal to aid digestion and keep blood sugar levels even.

Which is better? Black or white?

There are both black and white chia seeds. According to Dr. Wayne Coates, a research scientist who is arguably the top chia educator in the world, the white chia is no different than the black. It does NOT contain more nutrients and may simply be more expensive.

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    I have ibs and uc and im hoping chia will help me with the ibs and less blood show.

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    I would like more information on IBS and how chia seeds can help.
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    My mother is housebound from IBS, and I am rapidly getting to the same position. All help to avoid such a life is appreciated!

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  • Graham Tucker

    Just discovered the effectiveness of Chia.

    I am amazed. This may well mean that rinitidine and the PPI are redundant for me !

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    Would chia help with diverticulitis and IBS?

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  • Karen of No IBS

    Would chia help with diverticulitis and IBS?

    With IBS, yes, because of the soluble fiber. With diverticulitis, I think you also need to look at food sensitivities. Even though I've been told by a relative who is a physician that food is nothing to do with the digestive tract, you have to wonder where all that impacted stuff comes from. Anything that helps move it along is useful.

    The natural health researchers whose books I read tend to agree that grains, dairy and sugar are the big dietary culprits in diverticulitis. So chia could help but you will likely need to do more than that.

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