Health Concerns

IS DRINKING WATER DURING OR AFTER A MEAL GOOD FOR DIGESTION?

February 13, 2014

Ayurveda, the traditional health science of India, says that drinking water during meals ‘put out the digestive fire (agni).’  A post on the Mayo Clinic site disagrees.  That short article follows.

“Does drinking water during or after a meal disturb digestion?

Answers from Michael F. Picco, M.D.

There’s no concern that water will dilute the digestive juices or interfere with digestion. In fact, drinking water during or after a meal actually aids digestion. Water and other liquids help break down food so that your body can absorb the nutrients. Water also softens stools, which helps prevent constipation.
Looking for other ways to promote good digestion? Focus on a healthy lifestyle. Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Maintain a healthy weight. Include physical activity in your daily routine.”
The Mayo comments don’t speak to the question of drinking ice water, which ayurveda recommends against.

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