You know how some of these TikTok trends are just ridiculous? Think Nyquil Chicken, the milk crate challenge, nasal spray tanning… dumb and dangerous. But, every now and then there’s a gem that shows up, and Chia Seed Water is that gem!
To be fair, people have been touting the benefits of Chia Seed Water for many years, but it has gained recent popularity thanks to a few viral videos. We created a version tailored for the community here at The GERD Chef with crystalized ginger and raw honey! This refreshing, nutrient-packed drink could be a perfect addition to your acid reflux journey.
So, what’s the deal with chia seeds?
Like kale’s meteoric rise in popularity a few years back, chia seeds have been getting a lot of attention recently. Here’s the low down…
Chia seeds originate from Mexico and Guatemala and are found on a small plant called Salvia Hispanica.
While the seeds themselves are tiny, as small as a sesame seed, they’re a nutritional powerhouse with some very interesting characteristics.
Considered a superfood due to its high vitamin and mineral content, they also contain amazing amounts of fiber, antioxidants, and protein. Here are a few benefits of that nutritional trifecta:
Fiber: One ounce of chia seeds includes 11 grams of fiber, which is key for gut health.
Antioxidants: help protect you against free radicals, which can contribute to cancer and various illnesses.
Protein: Protein is a critical macronutrient that contributes to the health of muscles, skin, bones, and more.
Why are people drinking Chia Seed Water?
Besides the nutritional benefits of drinking chia seed water, an added benefit is that it can contribute to feeling “fuller” thanks to one of those “interesting characteristics” we mentioned.
Chia seeds have an unusual ability to absorb liquid. When chia seeds are soaked in liquid for a few minutes, they can swell up to twelve times their original size! Some of the fiber breaks down and thickens the liquid, and the seeds themselves develop a chewy texture a lot like tapioca pearls.
When drunk, chia seeds continue to expand slightly giving a lasting feeling of being “full”. So if you’re working on losing a few pounds, this can be a helpful way to make it through an afternoon when you’re craving a snack.
As well, the high fiber content cues the gut to function properly and move toxins through the body. Some are even calling Chia Seed Water a “Shower for your gut”. So, if you’re working to reset your gut, this may be a helpful option.
What’s the connection to acid reflux?
Great question! As usual, we’re always thinking about things through the lens of GERD/reflux. So, here are a few reasons this may be helpful:
Obesity has been shown to be a major contributor to acid reflux. Simply dropping 5-10 pounds can go a long way toward getting things under control.
Gut-related issues can have a huge impact on reflux. We hear from people every day that are working on some kind of gut reset through specific diets or fasting. Chia Seed Water could be a good tool to help on both fronts.
One of the most common ways to soothe an inflamed esophagus is with something slightly gelatinous. Bananas are a well known reflux hack because they leave a “slick” coating on the esophagus that is soothing. Chia Seed Water offers that same gelatinous coating.
A few cautions:
While there are many potential health benefits to drinking Chia Seed Water, it’s not something that you should drink too much of. Any kind of soluble fiber is healthy in the right amount but can cause issues like gas, diarrhea, and constipation if overdone.
Also, make sure that you’re drinking enough water. Soluble fiber can pull water from the GI tract, which can lead to constipation.
How Does Chia Seed Water Taste?
Aha, this was our question! We’ve used chia seeds before- check out our delicious Blueberry Chia Seed Pudding, but what about drinking it?
After a few tries, we put together a simple, reflux-friendly recipe that to be honest…We Love!!
Slightly sweet, beautifully ginger-y, and with the boba-like feel of chia seeds, we were blown away!
Here’s what’s in it and how to make it!
Ingredients for Chia Seed Ginger Water
· Chia Seeds- These little jewels are the star of the show. Delightfully chewy and super nutritious.
· Crystalized Ginger- The secret ingredient. Not only does ginger have amazing reflux taming abilities, the taste and fragrance elevate this drink to a different level.
· Raw Honey- The perfect level of sweetness with digestive and antibacterial benefits.
· Water- This is where it all comes together
Find the complete recipe with measurements below
How To Make Chia Seed Water
First, smash the crystalized ginger with the side of a kitchen knife to flatten out the fibers a bit. Chop the ginger as finely as you can.
Next put the chopped ginger, honey, and an ounce or so of warm water in a mason jar or other sealable cup.
Now, muddle and stir this mixture for 30 seconds until the honey is dissolved. Fill the glass with cold water and stir with a spoon until the mixture is evenly distributed.
Then add the chia seeds and mix with a spoon. Put the lid on and gently shake for a few seconds. Just long enough to do your best James Bond impression.
Finally, let this sit for five minutes so the chia seeds start to work their magic. Then, pop that lid off and get to sipping!
Chia Seed Water Variations
There are a million ways to make Chia Seed Water, so feel free to play around with this one. Fresh fruit, a bit of coconut water, or your favorite juice can make this a delicious and healthy drink that may help you lose a few pounds or get your gut working properly.
We’d love to hear from you on this one! Like it, don’t like it? Did it help with a reflux flare up? Let us know!