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You Asked: Drinking Water During Meals

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Hey Fit,
I have been trying to drink more water daily. I remember learning in Health class, way back when, that drinking water while eating was bad for digestion. Is that true? Or was my health teacher Ms. LaRue wrong?
Thirsty Sally

Great question! Drinking water during a meal does not disrupt digestion. It doesn't dilute digestive juices or interfere with the breaking down of nutrients. In fact, water and other liquids actually help break down the food in your stomach and keep your digestive system on track. So drink up!


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CoMMember13627174328105 CoMMember13627174328105 9 years
Could you provide sources for your posts? I'd be interested in sharing this with colleagues, but unfortunately your blog does not carry the cachet that a peer-reviewed journal does.
steng steng 9 years
where did you find this info? i think you're supposed to drink water but not during the meal, before or after 30 minutes.
pixelhaze pixelhaze 9 years
i can easily drink four or more glasses of water during a meal . . . especially at restaurants since they keep re-filling them. I'm always thirsty. In my family that diet is making the rounds though - they claim that if you mix food and water it will screw with your body's ph level and when you stop doing it you'll lose weight. I keep telling them it's only because they get so thirsty that they finally stop eating, but they insist it works. To each their own, I guess.
animatedpunk animatedpunk 9 years
wowww, i've never heard of this in my life. I drink SO much water when I'm eating.... I get really thirsty!!
Merlin713 Merlin713 9 years
I can't drink during meals.. It messes up my system and my digestion and things go right through me even more. I have ulcerative colitis, and I have been told by numerous sources that because it dilutes those stomach juices that I need, it's just not good. Dang. :-( I love water so much too.
nycgirl8 nycgirl8 9 years
I don't usually eat WHILE I'm eating because I'll feel way too bloated. I might have a glass before. In general though I am bad about remembering to drink water because I have to pee so darn much!!
Spectra Spectra 9 years
I usually drink water before I eat, not during the meal. I don't know why that is, but that's just how I've always eaten. I never heard anything about it being bad to drink water with meals though.
CoMMember13627174328105 CoMMember13627174328105 9 years
Can you point me to the source where you found this isn't true? I'd like to show it to a friend to settle a little bet ;)
SassyK SassyK 9 years
I always thought you weren't supposed to too..I always did it anyways, because it slows me eating and I'm all about being hydrated. I'm so glad you did this question Fit!
Allytta Allytta 9 years
don't know don't know, in medical school they teach future doctors that it's not ok to drink while eating, it's ok only after you're finished. that's why a drink is called a third course :)
Liss1 Liss1 9 years
Wow i have never heard of water being bad for you while eating, i wonder where she got that? I have heard that it's good to drink a bunch of water before you eat and then you won't eat as much.
rumpel2 rumpel2 9 years
I usually avoid 'cos of the same I'll drink a little, just can't drink a lot with my meals!
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
I always drink water with my meals.
Hollie86 Hollie86 9 years
I was wondering about that myself.
risqueredhead risqueredhead 9 years
drinking during my meals makes the food come back up for me :(
Renees3 Renees3 9 years
So there old health teachers that didn't keep up on new stuff!
ElissaM ElissaM 9 years
Good to know!
SugarKat SugarKat 9 years
How do rumors like these get started???
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
Don't you love it when teachers are wrong haha ;)
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