At first glance, the question does not seem serious. Well, what’s wrong with drinking water while eating, especially if the food is very hot, spicy or salty, it’s quite a natural process, you say. Perhaps if you do this once or twice, then nothing critical will happen, but if you develop a habit and do it constantly, then there is another story. So, what threatens us with the constant use of water during meals?
It is worth paying attention to the fact that the assimilation of water and liquids by our body occurs in different ways. After all, water is a natural element that is easily absorbed. Liquids (soups, juices, teas, soft drinks, etc.) are quite another matter. They are perceived as ordinary food, which requires additional energy for splitting and assimilation.
Let’s see what happens after the food gets inside?
Food enters the oral cavity, where mechanical grinding and processing of food by enzymes of the salivary glands takes place. The food then enters the stomach through the pharynx and esophagus. Where it is processed by gastric juice secreted by the glands of the mucous membrane, as well as hydrochloric acid and other substances. Proteins and fats are broken down by gastric juice, plus it has a bactericidal effect. The stomach has a muscular layer that helps food mix with gastric juices. The resulting mass is excreted in separate portions from the stomach into the pyloric canal. And further into the small intestine, where the main volume of absorption of nutrients through the intestinal wall occurs.
Now imagine a person is having lunch and, having eaten a fatty, juicy burger, decides to wash it down with an ice-cold cola. And as soon as gastric juice began to stand out in his stomach to break down the fats in the burger, the muscle walls of the stomach begin to contract, as an icy liquid begins to flow down them, in this case cola, it does not even have time to warm up, because the esophagus is long adult 25-30 cm.
As a result, the burger, without undergoing the necessary chemical treatment, is pushed into the small intestine. In the intestines, unprepared food leads to the formation of mucus, the processes of decay begin and the food turns into slag. And where is all the benefit and energy necessary for life? Everything turned into slag, which not only does not help, but is also excreted from the body with great difficulty.
As a result, such nutrition leads to numerous diseases and inflammations of the digestive organs and, as a result, the development of obesity.
As for cold liquids, we figured out that drinking cold liquids (this applies not only to water, any drinks) before meals, during and immediately after is harmful!
Can you drink warm water with meals?
To answer this question, we turn to ancient Indian medicine – Ayurveda, also called “knowledge of life” in Sanskrit. Ayurveda is a traditional system of Vedic medicine that comes from ancient India and has been documented for over 5,000 years. Ayurvedic methods are safer than modern methods of medicine, because they take into account the individual characteristics of the patient, and also use natural, natural remedies. Unlike modern medicine, which is aimed at relieving the symptoms of a disease, Ayurveda, in addition to treating the disease itself, deals with the elimination of its root causes, and most importantly, the prevention of their occurrence in the future.
From an Ayurvedic point of view, warm water in a small amount, no more than a glass, drunk in calm sips during meals, has a beneficial effect on digestion. But it is not recommended to do this before or immediately after the end of the meal, because in this case the digestive fire is weakened and the body has to expend additional energy on digesting food, which in one case leads to weight loss – water drunk before, in the other case to an increase weight – water drunk after. And also, for easier digestion of food, you should not overload the stomach, you need to leave some space. Ideal proportions are considered to be two quarters of the volume of the stomach for food, one quarter for water and one quarter of free space.
During the normal functioning of our body, after some time after eating, we begin to feel thirsty. So our body shows that the primary process of digestion has already taken place and now the body needs water for the further process of digestion.
According to the latest data, to maintain the water balance in the body, it is advised to drink 2 to 3 liters per day for the average woman, and about 2.7 to 4.1 liters per day for the average man. This does not mean at all that they need to be drunk immediately in one sitting, and then walk around with a sense of accomplishment. It is advised to drink one glass of water in the morning, and then drink a couple more glasses two hours after eating or when you feel thirsty. It has long been known that water is the best cure for thirst, not some sugary bubble drinks.
In the human body, as in any other, water works as a lubricant and has a cleansing function. People suffering from rhinitis, bronchitis or colds should drink hot water, as it helps to remove mucus from the body.
Therefore, if you are not indifferent to your well-being, mood or the appearance of your body, try to pay attention to what and how you consume. And even seemingly insignificant factors such as temperature and the amount of water you drink can create problems for you or get rid of existing ones.