“Since lemon juice is acidic, sipping on lemon juice regularly can cause tooth enamel breakdown,” notes Crouch. She recommends always using a straw when drinking lemon juice (or any other acidic drink) and pairing your internal shower with pure water to ensure you’re rinsing out your mouth and protecting your teeth.
Having too many chia seeds can actually result in suboptimal digestion, warns Feller, so those with gastrointestinal health concerns should tread lightly. Crouch concurs, stating that too much fiber too quickly can cause unwanted bloat in some people. Alternatively, adequate fiber throughout the day (i.e., 25 to 35 grams per day) aids in regularity and reduces bloating, she adds.
Health benefits aside, drinking seedy, gelatinous lemon water certainly isn’t for everyone. For ideas on how to incorporate chia seeds into your daily meals, whip up a chia seed pudding (like this matcha recipe) or add the superfood to your go-to dinner recipes.