I used chia seeds for the first time in a batch of homemade Kombucha on Thursday and by Friday morning I was having violent diarrhea, which lasted for two full days, approximately every 30 minutes. Other than the diarrhea, weakness from dehydration and nausea at the thought of eating, I had no other symptoms. My three-year old twins also sampled the kombucha Friday morning before I got sick, one of them was absolutely fine and the other broke out in itchy hives on his back and also had diarrhea, but thankfully not to the extent that I did. Has anyone seen this type of reaction before? I have had kombucha many times before and have never felt sick. My batch tasted really good, there was no mold or anything that would lead me to believe that it had been contaminated. I don't think there was anything else we came in contact with that could have caused this type of reaction, but I can't be 100% sure. The only new thing was the chia seeds.
You're not alone! For me it wasn't kombucha, it was chia seed pudding. While my reaction wasn't quite as strong as yours (thankfully), the general outline was the same. FYI: I've learned that I don't tolerate sesame seeds very well either.
I also had severe reaction to chia. Took it as daily supplement for a month or so, felt fine- great actually. Then very suddenly, took it one day and had severe stomach pains and bloating. Took it again next day, thinkng problem was something else, since I had used it for over month with no problem. Severe pains again. Stopped taking it, eliminated every other possible source of problem and tried again a week later, most severe reaction. Vomiting , diarrhea, debilitating stomach pains. Fast foward 3 months, made some protein bars with chia in them for family. Wasn't thinking, ate small piece. Again, severe stomach pains, bloating. Chia not for me. Never had problems with sesame or any other food.
I had a horrible experience with chia seeds. I bought them at Costco a little over a month ago and started with putting a tablespoon into my spinach smoothies in the morning. I tolerated them fine for about a month, then suddenly had a horrible reaction. I had eaten a dry tablespoon of chia, followed by my dinner (grilled chicken and potatoes). After dinner, my stomach started burning, I started sweating, and I vomited. I then suffered diarrhea about (sometimes every 30 minutes) for the next two days. I stopped taking chia for a few days and tried it again with my morning smoothie. I suffered again with horrible diarrhea for the rest of the day. I took another couple days off chia and decided to try it in a pudding, soaked in almond milk and honey. I had horrible diarrhea again. That night when I was in bed, my stomach was burning so bad that it was hardly bearable. That was exactly a week ago and I will never touch chia again. My stomach still does not feel quite right but is slowly getting better.
There is not a lot of information out there about the potential for negative effects of chia, and I have been a little worried about the possibility of an underlying condition causing the reactions. It is nice to see that I am not the only one who cannot tolerate chia seeds!
I had been taking chia seeds raw and in baked goods for about 4 weeks perfectly fine. They were fab! Suddenly I developed horrible abdominal pain, burping up horrible tasting gas and vomiting and diarrhoea.
I got over that, thinking it was a tummy bug, ate a very light diet for 2 days and then went back to my chia seeds. Same thing! I'm in the middle of it again. It is the same exact symptoms, only this time I've got a horrible sweat and mild fever.
Definently a bad reaction for me. I chucked them onto the front yard so hopefully the birds will benefit. Never trying chia again!
I'm horribly allergic to chia seeds, except the reactions are different: severe nausea and vomiting for at least a day or three. I went hone early from school once because my school lunch was chia seed pudding with organic cocoa. At first I thought it was hazelnut milk, but on the first day of school, there were chia seeds in my smoothie. My first day didn't end up really good. I had a severe allergy instead!
same thing with me! I feel really hung over today, sick, hot then cold, gas and diarrhea! boooo.... I put a ton of chia seeds in a soup yesterday. I read somewhere that when they turn to gel, they help clean your digestive tract, and loosen anything that might be sticking to the walls. This could result in diarrhea, and also account for the "healing crisis" as they call it when you're doing a detox. Around day 5 you feel like this too, especially if you do hydrotherapy. When toxins are all shaken up, you feel sweaty, sick and barfy. I'm not a doctor, and that's just my loose theory. There just doesn't seem to be a lot of information about the side effects. Anyway, thanks for sharing everyone!
I tried chia seeds on the recommendation of a good friend. I bought the packaged product at Trader Joe's, sprinkled a tablespoonful on my morning oatmeal. All seemed fine for about 3-4 weeks.
Then, I began having sharp or "electrified" pins&needles feeling on various sections of my body. Always different areas, always varying degrees of severity. The pain was never debilitating, it was more just very, very uncomfortable--not to mention scary as I didn't know what the heck was happening. In addition to the pins&needles was itching sensations, mainly on my back and legs. The itching sensations were not so severe as, say, a strong mosquito bite, and the sensation would vanish just as quickly as it appeared, but itching can be quite frustrating.
The symptoms almost all disappeared after a week-long trip out-of-state. Upon returning home I realized the negative symptoms had been fading. I was relieved, of course, but curious. I thought the symptoms were brought on by a soy product I had been drinking as a replacement for dairy milk. I began drinking the soy about the same time time (maybe a week or two sooner) than the chia seeds. I kept off the soy, but restarted with the chia on my morning oatmeal. The symptoms returned almost immediately.
I've continued to stay off the soy, and it's been three days off the chia. The symptoms are almost completely gone.
I will continue to remain off the chia and soy for another week. After one week I will try the soy. If no negative effects return, I will try the chia again. I will report my findings.
This is crazy - why do you think everyone is fine for 3-4 weeks then whammo not fine . . ? But my experiences are very similar. Chia seeds in my breakfast smoothie all good for a few weeks then severe tummy bug (probably rotavirus - 12 hours vomiting then watery dark green diarrohea) and no breakfast smoothies for some time - not much food at all really. Then today back to my usual routine - 10 mins after drinking the smoothie was burping then 30 mins later up it all came and I've been feeling delicate all day :(
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