Sunday, 12 May 2013

Drinking water between meals

Drinking water during meals severely affects our stomach's digestive powers and causes insulin levels to fluctuate significantly

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 "Most Indians have water along with their meals. The usual theory is washing down the food while eating. People have no idea how wrong this practice is and how difficult this can be for their digestion. Drinking glasses of water along with your meals may not be the best time to quench your thirst.” warns Microboitic counsellor Shonali Sabherwal

What exactly happens inside our stomach :
 Your stomach starts releasing digestive juices immediately when you eat. If you start drinking water at the same time, what you are actually doing is diluting the digestive juices being released to digest your food, thereby delaying them from breaking down food."
Elaborating on what exactly happens inside you when you drink water during meals, it gets absorbed by the intestinal walls of the stomach. "This absorption continues till it becomes concentrated enough for the digestive juices to begin digesting your food. However, due to it getting mixed with water, this concentrated substance is now thicker than the food contents present in your stomach. So less gastric juice will be secreted to digest your food. The result is, undigested food leaks into your system as it gets absorbed through the stomach walls. This will also lead to acid reflux and heart burn.

Increasing fat:
Drinking water with meals can also increase our insulin levels and released in to your blood stream, thereby the chances of storing fat in our body.

Best practice:
Research shows that sipping a little water during meals isn't a cause for concern but drinking a glass or two may interfere with digestion. It is best to drink fluids before and two hours after meals as this helps in absorption of nutrients, researchers have found.

"Make sure our food is not too salty as that would aggravate our thirst and trigger our need to drink more water. Besides, eating in a hurry will cause us to gulp our food down. Most likely, we would feel the need to wash it down with water while we eat. 
Chew, chew and then chew some more while eating. We secrete a lot of digestive juices (enzymes) while chewing, which makes our stomach's job easier."

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