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Digestive Health: The Incredible Role of Chia Seeds and Flaxseeds | 4 Tips

Digestive Health:

The Role of Chia Seeds and Flaxseeds in Digestive Health

At Linwoods Health Foods, we believe that good digestive health is essential for overall well-being. Our digestive system is responsible for breaking down the food we eat into nutrients that our bodies can use for energy, growth, and repair. When our digestive system is healthy, we absorb more nutrients from our food and feel our best. 

Here are just a few of the reasons why digestive health is so important: 

  • Digestive health helps us maintain a healthy weight. When our digestive system is working properly, we are able to absorb the nutrients we need from our food and eliminate the waste products that our bodies don’t need. This helps us to maintain a healthy weight and reduce our risk of developing chronic diseases such as obesity, heart disease, and stroke. 
  • Digestive health helps us fight off infection. The gut is home to trillions of bacteria, both good and bad. The good bacteria help to keep our gut healthy and fight off infection. When the balance of bacteria in the gut is disrupted, it can lead to digestive problems such as diarrhoea, constipation, and bloating. It can also weaken our immune system and make us more susceptible to infection. 
  • Digestive health helps us absorb essential nutrients. Our digestive system is responsible for breaking down the food we eat into nutrients that our bodies can use. These nutrients are essential for our overall health and well-being. For example, we need iron to carry oxygen throughout our bodies, calcium to build strong bones and teeth, and vitamin B12 to produce red blood cells. 
  • Digestive health helps us regulate our mood and energy levels. The gut is often referred to as the “second brain” because it produces many of the same neurotransmitters as the brain. These neurotransmitters play a role in regulating our mood, sleep, and energy levels. When our digestive system is healthy, we are more likely to feel happy, energized, and well-rested. 

How are Flaxseed and Chia Seeds beneficial To Digestion?

Flaxseed and Chia Seeds benefits for digestion  

Flaxseed and chia seeds can be beneficial for our digestive system as they are great sources of dietary fibre and omega 3. At Linwoods Health Foods, we believe that good digestion is essential for overall well-being. That’s why we cold mill our seeds to create a powder-like substance that is easy to consume and digest, and helps to enable better absorption of the nutrients. Our cold milling process gently grinds the seeds without heating them, which helps to preserve their delicate nutrients. This means that you can get all the benefits of our seeds in a convenient and easy-to-use form. 

Dietary fibre 

Flaxseed and chia seeds are high in fibre, with 4.1 g per 20g of flaxseed and 5.7g per 20g of chia seeds. Fibre helps keep your bowels regular and your colon and digestive tract healthy. 

Adults should eat about 30g of fibre per day. Linwoods flaxseed and chia seed blends make it easy to increase your fibre intake. Just add 20g (2 dessertspoonfuls) to your favourite breakfast cereal, yogurt, smoothie, or porridge. 

Omega 3 

Flaxseed and chia seeds are high in omega-3 fatty acids, with 4g per 20g of flaxseed and 4.3g per 20g of chia seeds. Omega-3 fatty acids are essential nutrients that our bodies cannot produce on their own. 

Flaxseed and chia seeds also contain a gel-like substance called mucilage. Mucilage can help lubricate the digestive system and make it easier for food and waste to pass through. This can help promote regular bowel movements. 

Taking flaxseed and chia seeds is a great way to boost your daily intake of omega-3 fatty acids, especially if you follow a plant-based diet. 


Chia seeds are a great source of calcium, especially for vegans and people who are lactose intolerant. Calcium helps your digestive enzymes work properly. 

A 20g serving of chia seeds provides 120mg of calcium, which is 15% of the recommended daily intake. 

What are the Digestive benefits of overnight oats?

The digestive benefits of Overnight Oats

There are several digestive benefits of eating overnight oats. Oats are a great source of dietary fibre and contain beta-glucan which is a soluble fibre. Dietary fibre plays an important role in the functioning of the digestive system. Dietary fibre can help with bowel regularity and maintain a healthy colon and digestive tract. Linwoods NEW range of overnight oats provide around 4g fibre per 50g serving. It is recommended that adults have a dietary intake of around 30g of fibre per day. 

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