How to Fast With Chia Seeds


According to James F. Scheer, author of "The Magic of Chia: Revival of an Ancient Wonder Food," the tiny chia seed was used as a food replacement by the Indians of the South West and Mexico. They would consume a teaspoon full when going on a twenty-four-hour march to keep them energized and nourished until their return. The chia seed turns into a gelatin-like substance once it reaches the stomach, creating a barrier that aids in slowing the conversion of carbohydrates into sugar.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 tablespoon sea salt
  • 1 quart Mason jar
  • Purified water
  • Juice from 1/2 lemon
  • 3 Teaspoons chia seeds
  • Consume only green vegetables and water three days prior to beginning the fast. Doing so will prepare your body for the fast.

  • Do not eat after 3:00 pm the day before you begin your fast. Mix 1 tablespoon of sea salt with 1 quart of water the night before the fast, and consume all of it. This will help your body fight against cramps and assist with the dislodging of waste in your colon.

  • Place the chia seeds inside the Mason jar, fill with chilled, purified water 3/4 full. Let the seeds sit for 30 minutes.

  • Cut a lemon in half, and squeeze as much juice as you can from one half of the lemon into the Mason jar. The seeds will now have formed a solid, gel like substance. Place the lid on the mason jar, shake vigorously and consume the entire jar.

  • Prepare and consume the chia seed mixture three times a day for seven straight days to rejuvenate and clean out the waste inside of your body. Along with the chia seed mixture, you may consume as much water as you wish, but absolutely nothing else.

  • Bring food, slowly, back into your diet after the seventh day of the fast has passed. Start with a small salad, an orange or raw vegetables. Do not consume food containing a lot of grease and fat, as your body will not be ready for this yet.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you experience cramping during your seven day fast, consume the sea salt and water mixture (shown in Step 2), as this will help rid you of the cramps in your stomach.
  • * If you are not a healthy eater, you may want to diet for at least a month prior to starting the fast. Try eating only salads, fruits and vegetables and drinking only water. Do not consume any foods high in grease, fat and sugar.
  • * Some may experience side effects from consuming chia seeds. Beware of effects on the heart and blood pressure. Check with your doctor before beginning any type of diet. Chia seeds may interact with some medications.

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  • "The Magic of Chia: Revival of an Ancient Wonder Food;" James F. Scheer; 2000
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