The habit of drinking water during meals is so ingrained in some, that it will be difficult for them to nail it on one good reason. Scientifically (even in ancient Ayurveda) the importance of water for hydration, metabolism, and optimum digestive system functioning, is well documented.
The trick is not choosing between having or avoiding water but to know when and how much is beneficial. Too much water along with meals will interfere with necessary levels of bile and stomach acid, affecting optimal digestion leading to a buildup of toxic waste (ama), irrespective of what food you ingest.
Based on ancient wisdom, adopting the following habits should help you get the best nutrition from your food:
- Drink 30 minutes before your meals, hydrating the liver and the GI tract. This fluid reduces the dependence of water during meals and allowing digestive juices to work directly with food.
- A sattvic diet (water rich, mostly raw vegetarian diet) provides the hydration in the food itself while with a Rajasic and Tamasic diet drinking water during meals will be needed.
- In case you feel the need for water, take a few sips of water. Mixing in lime or apple cider vinegar to this water will boost digestion.
- Drink water 30 minutes after your meal replenishes the fluids lost in the digestion process and enables the smooth movement of digested food and nutrients through the GI tract.
- If you haven’t hydrated enough before the meal or during the day ensure that you drink water with your meal as dehydration will hamper digestion and cause problems like constipation and heartburn.
Rule: Water should always be at room temp (ideally lukewarm) and avoid aerated drinks and alcohol with food as they dry the saliva and dehydrate the body. Avoid cold water as it douses the digestive fire and can cause bloating, cramping and ama formation.
Even if this habit is deep rooted, try the above steps and notice any benefits. Try with varied combinations to something that you body feels comfortable with. The rewards from getting this right will be enormous. Listening to and being aware of your body feelers and needs is more important than staying rigid with routines. Keep your ears open and flow with it!!
As per ayurveda- water before meals s a cause of diseases, while having meals sipping n letting it stay n d mouth fr sm secs to foster digestive juces prod. n then gulping helps to liquidify food for better absorption by intestines, water after meals s toxic n poisoness
As I child my parents and grandparents would give us a glass of water during our meals but we couldn't drink it till we were finished the meal. I now put that down to food was scarce then and the water would have filled us up and maybe we wouldn't have finished the meal! But not sure!
Water before taking food is a nectar, water taken while eating food is a medicine and water taken immediately after food is a poison.
No good to drink during meals...messes up with you digestion and stomach acids...hot meal/cold water has a negative impact on your stomach. It's like putting a frozen glass in hot water = broken glass..Same effects on your stomach.
http://www.thehealthsite.com/diseases-conditions/5-reasons-why-drinking-water-during-your-meals-is-bad-for-you/ Consuming warm water or tea has been shown to not negatively affect digestive performance. Self education never hurt. Home experimentation easily shows the results. Pour warm bacon fat into a glass of cold water and see what happens. It clumps up and goes hard, and people wonder why they have pain, bloating and gas after eating in a restaurant and swilling down all kinds of crappy pop full of ice
I'm not sure what you're reading JA, but it's incorrect information. Drinking water 30 minutes before and after is fine, but drinking water during prohibits digestion of the food thus prohibiting any nutrients from entering your system.
Water Aids in DigestionDigestion starts with saliva, the basis of which is water. Digestion relies on enzymes that are found in saliva to help break down food and liquid and to dissolve minerals and other nutrients. Proper digestion makes minerals and nutrients more accessible to the body. Water is also necessary to help you digest soluble fiber. With the help of water, this fiber dissolves easily and benefits your bowel health by making well-formed, soft stools that are easy to pass.
It makes the dietary fat SOLIDIFY and your body DOES NOT process food properly. Read a fucking book peasants