3 things to know before drinking chia seed water

Because of its health benefits, Beaver is absolutely a proponent of adding chia seeds to your diet.

But if you're doing so by drinking chia seed water, she has a few tips.

1. Start with just 1 Tbsp of chia seeds While some chia seed water recipes call for two (or more) tablespoons of these seeds, Beaver recommends starting out with just one.

"Chia seeds are very fibrous, and it's best to increase your fiber intake gradually," says Beaver. "If you add too much into your diet too fast, it can cause gastrointestinal issues such as bloating, gas and constipation."

Plus, a single tablespoon contains five grams of fiber, more than enough to get started if your goal is to add more fiber into each meal.

2. Drink it with a meal to unlock its full potential Chia seeds are packed with nutrition, but Beaver still recommends drinking chia seed water along with a meal.

"Viscous fibers provide the most benefit when we consumed with food," Beaver explains. "The trapping action of these fibers is most efficient when we eat them as part of a larger meal."

3. Don't let chia seed water sit out The only thing Beaver truly worries about with chia seed water is that the seeds can sprout if left in water for too long, a food-safety risk.

"Viscous fibers provide the most benefit when we consumed with food," Beaver explains. "The trapping action of these fibers is most efficient when we eat them as part of a larger meal."

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