I believe water is one of the most important "nutrients" for your health. In fact, there are 3 main things you need to live and survive Oxygen - without it, you'd die in a couple of minutesWater - without it, you'd die in about 3 days or so.Food - without it, you'd die in about a week. Unfortunately
I believe water is one of the most important "nutrients" for your health. In fact, there are 3 main things you need to live and survive
Oxygen - without it, you'd die in a couple of minutes
Water - without it, you'd die in about 3 days or so.
Food - without it, you'd die in about a week.
Unfortunately, most people
Don't drink enough water (and too much of the wrong liquids)
IF they do, they drink the wrong kind of water
And they drink during the wrong times
Today I'm going to discuss #3, drinking water during the wrong times, which can actually be BAD for your health.
Food + Water = BAD
So I'll get right to it and keep it simple for you today... You should NOT drink water around mealtime or when you eat food. This means not before, during or after.
And this actually pertains to ALL liquids - soda, tea, juice, coffee, alcohol, etc. In fact, these other liquids are even worse!
Before A Meal
You shouldn't drink water immediately BEFORE your meal because it dilutes and washes away your digestive enzymes and gastric juices.
When you think about eating a meal, see and smell the food, your mouth begins to salivate. Your saliva has digestive enzymes and this is actually the BEGINNING of your digestion of food and absorption of nutrients.
During A Meal
Most people drink water (and liquids) during a meal to help "wash down" the foods. They mistakenly believe that it actually helps digestion - but the opposite is true.
Drinking during your meal is a bad habit because it actually is preventing you from chewing your food more thoroughly, which is part 2 of digestion.
You should take your time chewing your food, breaking it up into smaller pieces because it helps digest and absorb the nutrients. It also reduces digestive problems like gas, bloat, acid reflux and so forth.
Unfortunately, most people just vacuum up their foods, barely chew it and use liquids to push it down their throat and into their stomach. This creates more of a burden in your stomach, leading to stomach and colon problems.
Lastly, this causes you to actually EAT more food because your brain has an automatic "stop eating" mechanism after about 20 minutes.
This is why SLOW eaters are usually thinner. They not only digest and absorb the foods better, but they also eat less food during that 20-min timespan.
After A Meal
By drinking water right after your meals, you are again tampering the natural time it takes for your food to digest. This also makes you feel hungrier faster and results in overeating and bloating.
Remember, just because you're done eating, does NOT mean your body is done digesting. Depending on the calorie and macro content of the meal, your body will be digesting for another 2-3 hours.
Bur for sure, the main bulk of digestion happens for another 30-60 minutes.