Acid reflux, also referred to as heartburn or indigestion, is a condition where stomach acids back up through the lower esophageal sphincter, burning the lining of the esophagus, causing pain and a constellation of other symptoms. Numerous natural remedies as well as pharmaceutical drugs abound for the treatment of reflux and it’s companion condition known as gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD. Chia seeds have been around for thousands of years and are commonly used medicinally by the natives of Mexico, Central and South America. They are high in omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, antioxidants and other essential nutrients. The chia seed contains amino acids and is a complete protein that works to increase stamina and reduce appetite. Because of their unique makeup, chia seeds provide relief from heartburn, even heartburn from water. Their consumption works to reduce acid reflux and chest pain and heal symptoms of GERD.
Basic Chia Gel for Indigestion Treatment
Make a basic chia gel from chia seeds and purified water for heartburn relief. Mix 1/3 cup of chia seeds with 2 cups purified water and allow the mixture to sit for fifteen minutes while the seeds absorb water. Stir the chia seed mixture to prevent the seeds from clumping together. The mixture will yield 16 to 18 ounces of chia gel. Store the chia gel mixture in a glass jar with a good seal.
Using Chia Gel for Relief from Heartburn
Take a spoonful of the chia seed mixture immediately if you are experiencing an attack of acid reflux and chest pain, simple heartburn, or other symptoms of GERG, and need instant relief. It’s fine to eat it even if it hasn’t gelled completely.
Allow the remainder of the mix to sit until it forms the gel and store in the refrigerator for up to three weeks. The longer the chia seed mixture is allowed to sit, the greater the nutrient content. Chia gel has a somewhat slimy consistency that is similar to Jello. If the texture bothers you, add it to juice, water, rice pudding or warm cereal.
Take a spoonful of chia gel straight or mixed with your favorite food twice daily as a maintenance dose to relieve heartburn, acid reflux or GERD before it starts.
Chia Seeds for Emergency Relief from Heartburn
In an emergency, you can eat the chia seeds straight without first soaking them; however, remember they consume 12 times their weight in water, so take only a few at a time to find out what works best to get rid of acid reflux without absorbing the entire contents of your stomach fluids. Drink a large glass of water at the same time.
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