Do you often feel that after lunch you literally feel like a "balloon"? There are opinions that drinking drinks with food is harmful to our digestion. Other opinions say there is accumulation of toxins, which in turn leads to a number of health problems. Can drinking a glass of water while eating really have a negative impact? Or is it just another myth?
The problem may be incorrect drinking during and after meals. After we start eating, the pancreas sends the digestive juice to the duodenum, waiting for the digestion to begin to release from the stomach. But if you drink more water while eating, it will flow through your stomach straight into the duodenum and flush these digestive juices - then you will not get enough of them to digest and you may have problems. There is a risk of flatulence, bloating, abdominal pain and, last but not least, the body does not get what it could from food due to poor absorption. If you still drink before eating, we recommend ordinary room temperature water without bubbles. Avoid flavored or alcoholic drinks.
Water before eating Drink well before meals, but do not overdo it with plenty of water immediately before eating. A suitable choice is still or gently sparkling water, which conditions the formation of an endogenous enzyme that is formed in the pancreas and saliva and breaks down starch into disaccharide sugar. Furthermore, due to the drunk water, the enzyme chymotrypsin acts in the duodenum, which breaks down proteins into polypeptides and peptides. In the small intestine, long peptides are cleaved to shorter and then to individual amino acids. So your body is perfectly prepared for eating and digesting food. Drink ideally 15-20 minutes before a meal.
Water while eating Our parents meant well with us. They wanted us to eat more. Once we overdo it with food while eating, we fill our stomach with water and we don't get much into it. On the other hand, it is an advantage if we do not want to be overcrowded. So, during your meal, ideally treat yourself to drinking in small sips to help crush large pieces of food, which will then become more digestible.
Water after meal Drinking more fluids after a meal can cause various disharmonias in the long run. It may be affected by natural amounts of acids and bile, dilution of digestive juices and enzymes. Therefore, it is necessary to drink during meals even after meals in small sips and drink more up to half an hour after meals.