What is chia seeds water

The Good and Bad Drinking Chia Seeds Water

Chia seeds are one of the many superfoods that are rich in nutrients, beneficial to health and overall wellbeing. Superfood or super fad, if you’ve been following this super seed, surely you notice there is the much talked about chia seeds water. Should you like to pick up this trend to gain its health benefits, surely you like to know how it benefits you. But most importantly, you need to know the negative side effects of drinking chia seeds water. Don’t drink chia seeds water, unless you’ve read and understood the possible health risks.

What is Chia Seeds Water

What is chia seeds water? Chia seeds water is just chia seeds with water. When added to water and sit for some time, chia seeds plump up several times in size. A glutinous coating will form, in gel-like consistency, making them easier to swallow and digest. 

Don’t know yet exactly what chia seeds water is? Chia seeds water is just chia seeds with water. When added to water and sit for some time, chia seeds plump up several times in size. A glutinous coating will form, in gel-like consistency, making them easier to swallow and digest. 

Chia seeds are tasteless and in water, they are rather bland. Infusing chia seeds water with fresh fruits and herbs will give it a refreshing twist. Or simply add freshly squeezed lemon or lime juice to it. More on this further below.

Benefits Drinking Chia Seeds Water

Chia seeds are an excellent source of fibre and healthy fats. The mineral contents are impressive too, including phosphorus, manganese, copper, and magnesium.

Let’s see how these benefit your health.

Fibre for Digestive Health

You would have already known fibre is essential for good digestion and improved bowel movement. How does it work?

Chia seeds contain both soluble and insoluble fibre.

Human digestive system

Insoluble fibre does not dissolve in water or gastrointestinal fluids, instead absorbs liquid and sticks to other byproducts of digestion to form stools. This process leads to softer, bulkier stools making them easier to pass. For this reason, it helps prevent gastrointestinal blockage and constipation

Furthermore, by preventing intestinal blockages and constipation, insoluble fibre may help reduce the risk of developing small folds and haemorrhoids in your colon. It may also reduce the risk of colorectal cancer.

So then, drinking chia seeds water in the morning can give you a boost at the start of your day. It ensures your digestive system works well throughout the day. 

Fibre for Weight Loss

Now, let’s talk about soluble fibre.

Soluble fibre dissolves in water and gastrointestinal fluids when it enters your stomach and intestines. It is then transformed into a gel-like substance and gets digested by bacteria in the large intestine. These bacteria are often called gut flora or gut microbiome.

There are good and bad bacteria, and different species of bacteria play important roles in several aspects of health (1), including weight management.

You need to understand gut bacteria do not directly help weight loss but influence how you digest certain foods and produce chemicals that benefit gut health and promote weight loss.

Several studies have shown that people with high fibre intake have a lower weight, which may be due to the role that gut bacteria play in digesting the fibre. (1, 2,)

How else does soluble fibre help in weight loss? Besides feeding gut bacteria, the soluble fibre in a gel-like substance blocks fats that would otherwise be digested and absorbed. You don’t want too much of these fats, do you? 

On top of that, soluble fibre slows down digestion, meaning you’ll feel full longer. Insoluble fibre helps too, as it physically fills up space in your stomach and intestines, making you feel full.

Nutrients for Skin Health

Nutrients for skin health.

You’ll be delighted to know chia seeds may help your skin glow. 

High in antioxidants, chia seeds help fight free radical damage which can be caused by diet, lifestyle, environmental factors such as pollution and radiation, and certain conditions. In this case, pollution, radiation and UV exposure affect skin health and this is where chia seeds with their antioxidant properties help.

A good amount of thiamine (Vitamin B1) and niacin (Vitamin B3) is found in chia seeds. B Vitamins offer scores of skin health benefits. Two of the most significant are stress relief and cell renewal.

Vitamin B1, also known as the “anti-stress” vitamin, helps support the immune system and soothes the nervous system. This may help prevent stress-related breakouts.

Stress does not directly cause acne breakouts. It is when you’re stressed, stress hormones increase and trigger the oil glands to produce more oil. This leads to an acne flare-up.

Do you know besides chia seeds, flax seeds have an impressive amount of thiamine (Vitamin B1)? There is a comparison chart in this article I wrote. It also explains the health benefits of both seeds.

Vitamin B3 helps a variety of skin conditions including acne, dermatitis, eczema, hyperpigmentation and, dry and sun-damaged skin.

Many skincare products targeted at wrinkles and fine lines contain niacinamide as it’s a strong anti-ageing ingredient (1). 

Although niacin is not the same thing as niacinamide (they are two different types of Vitamin B3), your body needs niacin to make niacinamide.

Here, I’m not suggesting skin products are preferable over food or supplements. You be the judge of that.

Overall, regular consumption of Vitamin Bs, in this case, chia seeds, can help maintain and boost skin health. Vitamin Bs are water-soluble therefore most effective taken orally as a supplement or ingested through food sources. Other foods high in B Vitamins are salmon, trout, chicken, pork, oysters, legumes, mushrooms and dairy products.

Hydration for Skin Health

The glow you see on your face is a result of well-hydrated skin. You’re aware of that, don’t you?

Did you know chia seeds can hold a huge amount of water? The seeds absorb water quickly, claims vary from 8 to 27 times their dry weight in water. This makes chia seeds a very hydrating food to be included in your diet.

Are you ready for a glass of chia seeds water? Hold that thought. You need to know the negative side effects of chia seeds.

Potential Health Risks Consuming Chia Seeds

Eating too much of anything is bad. You need to know ingesting too many chia seeds can have adverse effects on your body and they are

Digestive System

You know chia seeds are good for your digestive system because they are a very good source of fibre. But, too much can be harmful.

Too much or concentrated fibre intake can cause abdominal pain, bloating, gas, diarrhoea and constipation.

Too much or concentrated fibre intake can cause abdominal pain, bloating, gas, diarrhoea and constipation.

While fibre is known to help reduce or prevent constipation, the other way around is also true. Too much fibre results in bulkier and harder stools thus making them harder to pass and leaving you constipated. 

Also, when you eat too much fibre too quickly, gut bacteria feeding on fibre leads to an increase in gas production causing a bloated and gassy stomach.

Not going to stay away from that chia seeds drink, are you? The good news is, you can reduce the symptoms by increasing your fluid consumption and exercising more.

To start with, gradually increase your fibre intake. Slowly up the amount and listen to your body.

The recommended daily fibre intake is 25g per day for adult women and 38g per day for adult men. Every individual’s body reacts differently, so you need to be mindful of any symptoms that arise and adjust accordingly.

Blood Pressure

Chia seeds are a good source of healthy unsaturated fats in the form of omega-3. It is essential for heart health, preventing cholesterol, fat and other substances from being deposited in the blood vessels.

You need to know a very excessive amount of omega-3 might cause your blood to thin out. But, this is probably going to be an issue, only if you’re already on blood-thinning medication or experience low blood pressure.

Therefore, you should check with your doctor before you drink chia seeds water every day while on the said medication.

Blood Sugar

More on fibre and medication.

Fibre slows the digestion of food and the absorption of macronutrients, including sugars. This is usually a good thing as it encourages a gentler increase and decrease in blood sugar, preventing sugar spikes or the other way around.

But, if you’re on medication to control your blood sugar, it may present an issue. So, again, check with your doctor for advice.

All in all, to achieve good health and prevent potential health risks, it’s better to eat a balanced diet with varieties of food, instead of concentrating on certain individual food.

Are Chia Seeds Warming or Cooling

This is an interesting question, isn’t it? I’m sure you like to know especially those who are particular how drinking chia seeds water every day affects your body.

The concept of warming and cooling food is strongly ingrained in Asian culture. For this reason, you and I, who are Malaysians, would want to know the answer, don’t you? Even if you’re not, it is good to know.

Firstly, let me explain what warming and cooling mean.

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and the science of Ayurveda, food is classified as hot and cold. Both affect your body differently. A balanced diet is important.

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and the science of Ayurveda, food is classified as hot and cold. Both affect your body differently.

Hot, better known as heaty food (as the term says) causes heatiness. You will know there is too much heat in your body when a mouth ulcer develops, pimples or acne pop out, and a headache occurs. Sore throat and constipation can be caused by a heaty body too. What you need to do is eat cold/cooling food to balance excess heat.

Conversely, too much cooling food can cause sore muscles and joints, chills, and prone to fatigue. Hence, you need warming food to balance.

Heaty food includes deep-fried oily foods, spicy foods, red meat, and Malaysian’s favourite durian. Examples of cooling food are watermelon, coconut, bitter gourd, and leafy vegetables such as cabbage, lettuce, and kale.

Now, back to the topic, if you intend to drink chia seeds water every day, know that it has cooling effects.

Now, you are probably ready for that glass of water with chia seeds. Surely you like to know

How to Make a Simple Chia Seed Drink

Chia drinks are all the craze in health food stores and juice bars, and they can be quite expensive. Why not save money and make your own. It’s simple!

The simplest chia seeds water recipe is adding 1 tablespoon of chia seeds to 1 cup of water. Give it a good stir and then sit for about 10-20 minutes, the seeds will gel up. 

I like to remind you again to start gradually if you’ve not gotten used to consuming much fibre or concentrated fibre.

Iberia Aloe Vera Drink with Aloe Pulp and Chia Seeds.

Use the 1 tablespoon seeds to 1 cup water ratio as a guideline. You can increase the amount of water or reduce chia seeds to a level you’re comfortable with. In addition, if you like a runny texture, more water is needed.  

I know plain chia seeds water is a bit bland. Add flavour by adding honey or squeezed lemon juice as desired. Alternatively, instead of plain water, add chia seeds to coconut water or other fruit juices, but beware of the sugar content of the juices.

You may want to infuse water with fresh fruits and herbs including berries, citruses, melons, mint leaves, lemongrass or rosemary. This will give you a naturally flavoured drink and together with chia seeds, you’ll gain much from this healthy drink.

In a Nutshell

A spoonful of chia seeds.

A one-ounce (28g / about 3 tablespoons) serving of chia seeds gives you 9.7g of fibre. It contributes a whopping 35% fibre to your daily diet. Coupled with other nutrients in chia seeds your body needed to stay in good health, I say the benefits drinking chia seeds water is excellent.

I don’t mean to be long-winded but you need to remember the potential risks mentioned above. Also, moderation is the key to healthy living. 

Other types of seeds and nuts such as flax seeds, pumpkin seeds, almonds, and walnuts have numerous health benefits too. Feel free to browse me Nuttylog for these articles. 

Now, how about letting us know if you would drink chia seeds water? Tell us how you feel about this chia seeds drink craze in the comments section below. Will you follow the trend simply because everyone is or for the main purpose of your health?

So, will I drink chia seeds water? No. I prefer a subtle way of dealing with my constant constipation problem. As you know by now, chia seeds can help reduce constipation but also cause it. So, my way is to include chia seeds in my overnight oats or muesli. In baking, they go into bread dough and granola too. That’s me. You?

Learn more about overnight oats, muesli and granola.

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10 thoughts on “The Good and Bad Drinking Chia Seeds Water”

  1. Hi, 

    I have always heard that Chia seeds are good for health. But finally, I understood the exact benefits. Loved your article. 

    I didn’t know that Chia seeds are an excellent source of fibre & healthy fats. And the minerals – phosphorus, manganese, copper, and magnesium. I believe that this would be useful for those with conditions like back aches too. 

    Thank u. Regards,


    1. You’re right, Aps. These minerals support bone health and may help ease back pain. But you need to know our body reacts differently from others so, what works for you and I may not work for others. It is best to consult a doctor beforehand. 

  2. Sebastian Ephraim

    I have digestive problems on about half dozen kind of foods. When i tried chia seeds I got the same and I thought I was very unfortunate. To know that it can be expected of chia seeds is very soothing and for that i want to thank you. I had actually quit thinking it wasn’t worth it, now i know all I need to do is to get my supplements for digestive issues and resume my chia seed water intake – Ephra

    1. Hey Ephra. I’m glad the information in this article helped you figure out the reason for your digestive problem. Always remember to up your water intake when eating high-fibre food. Stay healthy!

  3. Hey Sharon,

    Loved your article on chia seeds water. Your insights on its digestive advantages and the TCM and Ayurveda perspective were intriguing. Considering their cooling nature, would pairing them with warmer foods help those who feel cold easily? Also, any tips to enhance its taste? Excited for more of your work!

    1. An easy way to enhance its taste is by adding lemon juice to it. To a glass of chia seeds water, juice half a lemon, slice the other half and combine them all! Ain’t that refreshing and healthy. 

      Any food we eat, balance is the key. Your word “pairing” is correct. Pair warm and cooling food to create that balance.

      Thank you for reading my article and your kind words.

  4. Great article, Sharon! You’ve thoroughly covered both the pros and cons of consuming chia seeds water, and I really appreciate the balanced perspective you’ve offered. The breakdown of soluble and insoluble fibers and how they affect the digestive system and weight loss was particularly enlightening.

    It’s good to know that something as simple as chia seeds water can provide so many health benefits, from improving digestion to potentially aiding in weight loss and even boosting skin health. But the cautionary advice is just as important. People tend to go overboard with “superfoods,” and it’s useful to remember that moderation is key. I appreciate that you took the time to discuss the potential drawbacks, such as issues related to blood pressure and blood sugar, especially for those on medication.

    1. Thanks for reading, John. 

      Moderation is the key to healthy eating. I hope this article conveyed this message. There is good and bad in foods we eat. 

  5. Hi Sharon –
    Superfoods foods are all the rage these days. I have not jumped on the chia seed bandwagon, but I might after reading this article. Who drinks chia seed water? Apparently, some people – it is not something I would do, though.  I would rather add them to yogurt, oatmeal, pudding, or other meals.

    What do you like adding chia seeds to (drink or food-wise)?

    1. I don’t mind adding a bit of chia seeds to my drinks, for example lemonade but just a bit for its benefits. On top of that, I add a fair bit to my baking especially bread. For oatmeal, I definitely add chia seeds.

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