Should you Drink with your Meals?

Published September 18, 2018

It’s a common question… Should you drink water with your…

It’s a common question…

Should you drink water with your meals… or not?

See, there’s a theory that because water takes up space in the stomach it will quell hunger and help us to eat less.

But does this actually work…

And it is good for you?

Let’s take a look at how the digestive system works because it’s important in understanding the answer…

The body signals its need for food through the increase in a hormonal called ghrelin (it puts the grrrr in a grumbling tummy)!…

Ghrelin stimulates gastric motility: it primes the digestive system to pass food from the esophagus, into the stomach, and then through our intestines…

And it also triggers the release of stomach acid.

Stomach acid is crucial for digesting food properly…

Because if we aren’t able to digest the foods we eat fully, we can’t absorb the nutrition we need to function.

There are also important immune benefits.

How?

The foods we eat contain microbes that have the potential to make us ill…

But these bugs can’t survive in the acidic environment of a healthy stomach.

What about when our stomach acid is low?

We’re more prone to infection.

So…

How does this link to the water we drink?

Drinking with meals can effectively result in hypochlorhydria, otherwise known as low stomach acid…

Because when we drink water with a meal we are effectively diluting the power of our incredible stomach acid.

Think of it like this…

If you placed detergent in your kitchen sink ready to wash the dishes, it would have a stronger effect with a half-filled bowl than one full to the brim…

Why?

Because the ratio of the detergent to the dish is better.

Simply put…

When we drink with our meals we reduce the acidity — and the power — of our stomach to do its job.

If you currently drink with your meals, some of the signs and symptoms that this is having a negative impact include:

 

– Nausea

– Excessive wind

– Burping

– Heartburn

– Bloating

– Constipation or diarrhea

– An imbalance in the digestive microbiota, and

– Pain

 

I recommend avoiding fluid intake for an hour on either side of a meal to give your stomach and its acids the very best chance of doing their job well.

Your body will thank you for it.

 

xx Nik

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