YES, you should drink water before during and after eating.
There has been confusion on the topic of hydration while eating. Many have said that you should not drink water while eating as it will wash away and dilute your digestive fluids, thus interfering with digestion. This is not true.
The human body is quite efficient at managing the ratio of digestive fluids necessary to digest nearly anything and it can and will compensate for the water intake with more digestive fluids if necessary. If it was true that the body could not compensate than how would we be able to digest water dense foods such as water melons and many kinds of fruits?
Gastroenterologist Michael Picco, M.D. says “There’s no concern that water will dilute the digestive juices or interfere with digestion. In fact, drinking water during or after a meal can actually improve digestion. Water and other liquids help break down the food in your stomach and keep your digestive system on track.”
There is a reasonable amount of scientific research in this area, most coming from hospital settings where researchers measured stomach acid levels in patients who either fasted and were given drinking water, or given drinking water along with a meal either before or after a surgery. While it’s not normal to be staying in a hospital or to be dealing with a health problem like a surgery, it’s still helpful to have high-quality studies that measure stomach acid changes in a carefully controlled way. The evidence from all of these studies suggests that stomach pH is not significantly altered by water drinking, even when a person consumes the water following an overnight fast.
Still some argue that animals in nature do not eat food and drink water at the same time, that they do it separately. This might be true for most carnivores but animals such as beavers and other water habituated mammals consume water with their meals.
Drinking water with meals is ok but is it beneficial to weight loss?
Yes. Drinking water before, during and after meals helps you lose weight fast as it can help you control your appetite.
- When you have a gulp of water before a meal you will feel fuller sooner because the food will float to the top of your stomach faster. The receptors at the top of your stomach will signal to your brain that you are full sooner.
- When you drink more water during a meal it will make you slow down your eating. The slower you eat the more efficient your digestion and thus more nutrients will be used and more toxins flushed.
- Drinking water after your meal will curb your hunger for seconds as your stomach will be full for at least 15 minutes. By the time 15 minutes has passed any cravings you might have had will be long gone.
Please do enjoy a glass of water with every meal.