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Coconut Milk and Chia seeds

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 29, 2012 at 12:56 AM

I have been on a paleo ish diet now for about a year...I recently started using coconut milk and chia seeds...I have had so much swelling in my stomach and slight constipation. Has anyone ever heard of this, because chia seeds are suppose to help with digestion and why would I reac to coconut milk, it's non dairy?? I will eliminate it as I have done for a day now and my gut is better, but not understanding why? Any help is appreciated. Thanks, Donna

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on May 08, 2014
at 05:16 PM

Do you have more about this? Could the coconut just not work well with your digestion or is there for-sure evidence it is actually helping you while giving you terrible side-effects?

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on July 29, 2012
at 12:45 PM

oh the last of my symptoms was a yeast infection in my girlie parts! They say that's the last place that is affected by your diet... and with die-off your yeast related symptoms get worse because the toxins in the yeast are being released as the yeast dies.

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on July 29, 2012
at 04:36 AM

Bullshit, Neil. If that were true, we wouldn't need to have threads such as this.

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on July 29, 2012
at 01:43 AM

Pfsh. Every body is identical! Outward physical appearance is the only genetic variation that actually exists. :)

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on November 18, 2012
at 12:53 AM

Chia seeds are great for the digestive system but they can wreak havoc if you are not usd to them and begin eating things like chia pudding and putting large amounts into a shake. I began eating them and only using a tablespoon in my smoothie and ended up with terrible gas and bloating. I cut them out completely and began adding them in slowly (about 1/2 teaspoon a day) and they have really helped with regularity and no more bloating :)

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on July 29, 2012
at 02:09 PM

It might be the guar gum or one of the additives that are commonly in coconut milk cans...

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on July 29, 2012
at 12:44 PM

This may not be your issue... as you've only been incorporating coconut MILK and didn't mention how much you've been consuming. BUT, I began eating paleo about 3 months ago and overtime became soo joyfully, obsessed with coconut. haha.. I would cook with coconut butter, drink the whole coconut smoothies at my health food shop, drink coconut water, eat the amazing raw desserts which are primarily coconut oil, coconut butter, with a little agave among other ingredients.

Anyhow, after two weeks of this bliss, I started noticed different symptoms, all at different times.
Fatigue... I'd say, "MAN, I'm tired!" And generally felt foggy because of it.
Constipated... not as in 'I can't go', but just would have to sit a bit longer than usual.

Bloated!... omg, sooo bloated. I looked like I'd gained ten pounds... tummy distended.
Gas... ALL. DAY.
And finally water retention... I jumped on the scale and saw that I'd gained over five pounds (?!?) since the last time I'd weighed a little under a week ago.

So I went searched around Paleohacks and I think that my symptoms match up perfectly with Die-off from candida/yeast. I say that because I'm relatively new to being low-carb and adding tons of coconut into my diet which is high in lauric acid, caprylic acid and other things that kill yeast. Its one of things on candida free diets they tell you to eat.
That and I've been taking a YeastReLease tincture with Pau D'Arco for general support.

Anyhow, like I said, I don't know how much coconut you've been eating. But, lots of fiber/chia would wipe away at the build-up on your colon wall exposing yeast build-ups...

and then again, you could just not digest coconut milk very well, or perhaps the gaur gum and you do not mix well, or its chia. Lots of different explanations here. ;)

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on July 29, 2012
at 12:45 PM

oh the last of my symptoms was a yeast infection in my girlie parts! They say that's the last place that is affected by your diet... and with die-off your yeast related symptoms get worse because the toxins in the yeast are being released as the yeast dies.

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on May 08, 2014
at 05:16 PM

Do you have more about this? Could the coconut just not work well with your digestion or is there for-sure evidence it is actually helping you while giving you terrible side-effects?

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on May 09, 2014
at 11:34 PM

@JWald

The reason is not cooking them with enough water. If you eat them dry, they'll clump and grow to several times their size clogging up your intestines, be sure to mix them with lots of water and wait long enough until they start forming a gel before you eat them.

Best to have them watery than suffer those consequences.

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on May 08, 2014
at 06:15 PM

I use Chia seeds minimally. I am only up to about 2tsp daily, if at all. I read that when starting Chia seeds to gradually add them in to your diet, because they can cause constipation. I use coconut milk, but very little on a weekly basis, mostly in cereal I make. Try cutting back on the Chia seeds.

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on July 29, 2012
at 02:09 AM

How long have you been doing the chia seeds? When I first started them, they had that same effect on me -- but after a while I did get "used" (for lack of a better word) to them and things started moving along again.

I have never heard of this reaction from coconut milk, but as Moonablaze said, every body is different, and it could be either of them giving you problems. I would carefully add them back one at a time to see which one of them is causing the problems.

Good luck!!

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on July 29, 2012
at 01:04 AM

chia seeds and I DO NOT get along. they are VERY bad for my digestion. this may also be true for you.

some people have a similar effect from coconut milk, every body is different.

8dbe73235f73c615f20d3d0f34b4852a

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on July 29, 2012
at 01:43 AM

Pfsh. Every body is identical! Outward physical appearance is the only genetic variation that actually exists. :)

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

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on July 29, 2012
at 04:36 AM

Bullshit, Neil. If that were true, we wouldn't need to have threads such as this.

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