Well, it is a topic of concern for many people that drinking water right after a meal is bad or not? Every person has a different opinion regarding this matter.
Some say drinking water after a meal helps in digestion. And some says drinking water right after having a meal will make you obese and will affect digestive process. So what to do? Let me clear your all queries.
Most of the people and various studies believe that drinking water just after having a meal is not good. It is not harmful but affects your digestion process.
Because drinking water right after meal dilutes essential digestive enzymes required for proper digestion of food. So avoid drinking a glass of water right after having food to finish your meal.
Also, there is not any strict rule that you can’t drink after or while having a meal. If you really need water just take 2 to 3 sip of it in small quantity.
But don’t drink a ½ liter of water right after having food because it affects your digestion process.
Apart from this, there are few dangerous acts such as smoking, sleeping, going for a walk you should avoid doing immediately after food.
It is not good due to various reasons which I am going to tell you.
Why Shouldn’t You Drink Water Just After Meal?
Here are some reasons that why you should not drink water right after having a meal.
Drinking water just after having meal dilutes gastric juice. Our stomach absorbs water but when we take excess water after a meal it dilutes enzymes that are necessary for digestion.
This, in turn, causes less digestive enzymes to excrete. And hence it leads to undigested food to leak into your system causing heartburn and acid reflux. This gastric problem can further result in back pain.
2.Increases The Level Of Insulin In Your Body
This is due to drinking water just after a meal that leaves behind undigested food. And then it converts a glucose filled a portion of that undigested food into fat and then stores it. As this process requires a surge of insulin in the body that increases blood sugar levels of your body.
3.Dilutes Gastric Acid
Our stomach contains digestive acids which help in breakdown and digestion of food. Also, these acids help in killing and removal of infectious agents that might have ingested with food.
Hence these enzymes also known as digestive fire are essential for overall well- being of our body. But when these enzymes are diluted by water that you take right after the meal reduces their effectiveness and makes digestive system weak. It may also lead to cramps in intestinal wall in some people.
This stagnation of entire digestive process causes food to remain in your stomach for a long time. And also it slows down the process of passing of digested food to the small intestine for the absorption of the nutrients.
4.Makes You Obese
As I told you glucose from undigested food converts into fat which is then stored in your body. And hence it makes you obese.
In fact, dilution of digestive enzymes by water just after the meal is a major reason for obesity, according to Ayurveda. Obesity can also affect your sex life. So, take care of the problem.
When To Drink Water After Having Meal?
We should drink water at least after 1 hour of having a meal. It will allow your body to absorb all nutrients.
Also, it will be better if you drink a glass of water 30 minutes before having your meal. This helps in proper digestion of food. This is the best time to drink water during your meal time. You shouldn’t drink water while you are standing. You should all sit down to drink water.
In conclusion, I want to say that drinking a lot of water is necessary for your good health. But as there is always a correct time to do something, there is also a proper time to drink water. So drink water in the right time so that you get better result of it.
Hope the above- mentioned information is helpful for you.