Can flax seeds help with constipation?
I'm not a dietitian (aspiring to be though) and I wanted to throw in that I have the same problem!! I have been using the Nutribullet for the past couple days (got it on Monday) and have already become more regular, it's amazing! I ate healthy to begin with but I think the liquid form really accelerates things. Flax seeds actually provide you with MORE nutrients when they are ground :) It makes the nutrition more bio-available, which is why it is often sold in a ground form. I work at a health food store in my area and have learned a lot about health and nutrition! Hope this helps and that you both feel better like I do :)
Also, check out this article for some other tips:
For regularity...A few suggestions that have helped others are:
1) Drinking plenty of water when there's an increase in fiber. Maybe trying some herbal peppermint tea, Tulsi tea, green tea, or ginger tea as this has laxative-like properties.
2) Be sure to include some type of light physical activity - the blood flow and movement stimulates GI motility.
3) Add in some ground flax seeds (like you mentioned) or psyllium husk (this may or may not be a good option as it can either help push things through or potentially clog you up more).
4) Pure prune juice! 8oz 1x/day, then if that doesn't work go to 2-8oz cups one in the morning and one at night.
Another thing that has worked for me is the tea from Traditional Medicines, Smooth Move (http://www.traditionalmedicinals.com/product/smooth-move-reg)! The senna leaf is the key ingredient.
While chia does outweigh flax in total fiber content, note that they slightly differ in amounts of the two different fibers (soluble vs. insoluble) and one may work better for you than the other.