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🚰 When Drinking Water Is BAD For Your Health
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.
Again, by drinking water (or any liquid) immediately before, during and after your meal, dilutes essential gastric juices in your stomach, reducing digestion and absorption of nutrients.
Food also enters the large intestine much faster than it should, which causes stomach discomfort and worst of all - high blood sugar and insulin spikes.
This in turn causes you to feel tired and gain fat.
So When Should You Drink Your Water?
About 30 minutes before your meal is the “latest” I suggest. So, if the food comes out at noon, drink your water no later than 11:30 and start eating at noon.
And wait at least 30 minutes after a meal and preferably 60 minutes, before drinking your water (and other liquids).
NOW, if you really need to have some water during the meal because something got stuck in your throat or you had something spicy or whatever, then go ahead and have a little sip of room temperature water. That’s it.
And if your goal is to lose weight, suppress your appetite and eat less food - then I suggest you have 2-3 big cups (16 oz/1 liter or more) about 30-45 minutes before a meal. Add in a little bit of lemon juice and/or apple cider vinegar to balance your blood sugar levels.
And here’s a bonus tip of you want to still enjoy some of your favorite foods, lose weight, improve colon health, and also help improve cholesterol and blood sugar levels:
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1:28 Great advise. Don't eat during your meal. This is the only source I have found to say that drinking water with your meal is bad.
Everything else I found her said something along these lines: Otherwise, there's NO EVIDENCE that you should avoid drinking with meals. On the contrary, beverages consumed right before or during meals can promote smooth digestion, lead to optimal hydration and leave you feeling fuller. Just keep in mind that above all, water is best
If you are real doctor I don’t think so ... this is the stupid think I ever hear ... WATER IS THE BEST THINK IN THE WORLD YOU ARE 70% water don’t talk blushit YOU ARE HEAR LIVE BECAUSE YOU DRINK WATER ... DOCTOR .... Gahahah
Yes, water is bad. Drink whisky instead! And please do smoke: alcohol is a strong disinfectant and smoking preserves... Remember how Churchill explained his longevity: "Whisky, cigars and low sports"...
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and one more thing...
drink body temperature water... so about 37°C or 98°F... this makes actually sense...when we drink cold water our body will first need it to warm up before it is going to be digested...so our body is going to waste energy unnecessarily on warming up the water... yeah, ok...it might be something for the perfect people but if you are ill you should defenitely do it so your body can concentrate on the illness and not on warming up the water....
I do like your video clips Dr. Sam but on this one, I say you got it wrong. So if someone is tasty and hungry at the same time, and a meal is set before the person, the person should not drink water before eating? If someone is choking while eating, the person shouldn't drink water? Etc. Common man !!
Hello Dr. Sam.
Thank you so much for the usefull information you are sharing, I really love your videos, and enjoy watching them.
Can you please make a video about FASTING ??? I use intermittent fasting, lost a lot of extra weight, but I really feel that my Testosterone is low because of this, and also my libido.
Please doctor make a video about this, I would really apreciate !! I wish you all the best !!
1 don't drink water/liquid immediately before a meal
2 don't drink during a meal
3 don't drink immediately after a meal cos it all interferes with digestion.
Drink water 30 min before or after a meal and have the water at room temp or body temperature ... That's it
I call bulshit because there is actually evidence to show that drinking fluids during your meal actually AIDS your digestion not restrict it.
Otherwise, there's no evidence that you should avoid drinking with meals. On the contrary, beverages consumed right before or during meals can promote smooth digestion, lead to optimal hydration and leave you feeling fuller. Just keep in mind that above all, water is best
and one more thing...
4 drink body temperature water... so about 37°C or 98°F... this makes actually sense...when we drink cold water our body will first need it to warm up before it is going to be digested...so our body is going to waste energy unnecessarily on warming up the water... yeah, ok...it might be something for the perfect people but if you are ill you should defenitely do it so your body can concentrate on the illness and not on warming up the water....
Hi doc, I have one question that I dont really understand. Since is not recommend to drink water during, before and after meal, but some food itself contains water, such as cucumber and celery contains more than 90% of water, will it affect digestion?
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