Most of us cannot sit through our meals without having a glass of water in between. While having a few sips in between is absolutely fine, but having too much of water during meals is not a very good idea.Studies show that it is advisable to have a glass or two of water 30 minutes before your meal or 30 minutes after even. Water is great for your skin, your bowel movement, your digestion and overall health. You should have at least 2 liters a day and if you’re in a hot city then make it 3-4 liters a day, but just not during a meal.
Here are some reasons why it’s best to avoid drinking water during a meal:
1 . It May Affect Digestion
Drinking water during your meal basically has an adverse effect on digestion, starting from reducing the amount of saliva in your mouth. Reduced saliva sends weaker signals to your stomach which ends up impacting release of gastric juices and enzymes as well. So absorbing and breaking down of food is hindered from the moment you sip that first bit of water while eating your meal.
2 . It May Slow Down Absorption Of Nutrients
By diluting your gastric juices, vital to fighting infectious substances that may have entered your body with your food, you are also preventing food from breaking down properly. When the digestive enzymes in your stomach are diluted with water, your food will sit in your stomach for longer and will then pass through the small intestine slower with fewer nutrients being absorbed.
3 . It Can Cause Acidity
It causes acidity because your stomach will absorb as much water as it can while you are eating and drinking, thereafter when it starts to dilute gastric juice it becomes much thicker than normal. With undigested food now sitting in your system the result is acid reflux and art burn.
4 . It May Cause Weight Gain
Another knock on effect of diluted your gastric juices in an increase in the amount of insulin in your body. When your body is not able to digest food well it converts it into fat and stores it which causes a surge of insulin levels in your body and your overall blood sugar levels. So, dilutes gastric juices cause food to be absorbed slowly and converted into fat and drinking water during your meal makes could indirectly make you put on weight.