The very name “chia seeds” is one that is very popular in the present day and I’m sure that many of you might have heard about it. But why are these seeds so popular? What’s all this hype about consuming chia water about?
Well, maybe you can try consuming chia water for a couple of weeks and find out!
But before you do, this article will tell you how beneficial chia water is for the body and how exactly you should consume it, so that you are convinced that this drink is indeed the best one for you yet!
What are chia seeds?
Chia seeds are the small edible flattened oval shaped blackish grey coloured seeds got from a flowering plant of the mint family.
They are flavourless in terms of taste. These seeds have become quite popular over the years and are often been used in food items or consumed because of its varied health benefits.
They are a good source of omega-3 fatty acids and have essential minerals which include calcium, phosphorous, zinc and magnesium.
Benefits of drinking chia water:
- Chia seeds are known to have lignans, which contain anti-estrogenic effects and inhibit the growth of cells in breast tumours and also reduces the risk of cervical cancer.
- Chia seeds can be helpful to those who suffer from any sort of bone issues, because it contains calcium, phosphorous and manganese.
- Chia seeds absorb large amounts of water and make the person full, in turn reducing the intake or consumption of food, in turn making a person consume lesser food and gain lesser calories and contributing to weight loss.
- Chia seeds contain antioxidants which are helpful for age-related wrinkles and its anti-inflammatory properties help treat acne. Chia seeds also have omega-3s, which keep the skin hydrated at all times.
- The intake of chia seeds can help maintain the insulin levels of the body and stabilizes the blood sugar levels especially after meals.
- Chia seeds are rich in fibre and with its intake; fibre helps one to have good digestion and good bowel movements. It is helpful to ease one’s stool as it has soluble fibres, which also feed on the friendly bacteria in the gut.
- Chia seeds have the antioxidant called quercetin, which helps reduce the risk of many diseases including heart.
How to make chia water?
Into a 2 cups of water or coconut water, add in 2 teaspoon of chia seeds and leave it to sit for 30 minutes or overnight. You will soon notice that the chia seeds have bloated and doubled in size. This is when the chia water is ready to consume. Optional – Squeeze in some lemon juice and add in some honey or any other sweetener of choice.
You will find that the chia seeds settle at the bottom of the bottle and thus, shake the bottle of chia water each time before you drink from it.
How often and when should chia water be consumed?
- You can consume chia seed water on a daily basis (but maximum up to 2 tablespoons of chia seeds in a day).
- You can either consume a glass of chia water on an empty stomach in the morning or a glass after your meal.
- Another method you could use to consume chia water is by sipping on it multiple times a day (once you’ve made a litre of chia water, as suggested above).