You have probably often heard advice about drinking water with your meals. Over the years it has become a topic of debate, some say it’s better to drink it before meals while others believe after meals is best.
Digestion is super important for health, staying slim, and mental wellbeing. Without proper digestion many discomforts can be born into the body – indigestion, heart burn, irritability, bloating, lethargy, headaches, insatiable cravings, inability to determine true hunger, and depression.
Now imagine that you are doing something every single day that unknowingly is causing one or more of these symptoms! Wouldn’t you want to know what that was?
Have you thought about what you drink and how much you drink with your meals?
We often see some people drinking water with meals, and doctors say that it’s fine to do, but according to yogic and Ayurvedic philosophy you should avoid drinking water during meals to avoid overloading your stomach. Half of the stomach should be filled with food, one-fourth should be filled with water, and the remainder should be empty.
Drink water or other liquids 20 mins before you consume food and wait at least an hour after.
Focus on hydrating yourself between meals vs. during. You’ll still be adequately hydrated throughout the day with this method and allow your food to be digested without complicating matters for your stomach and intestines.
If you must drink with your meals, sip on a warm beverage.
Many simply cannot eat without drinking something, and it is good for cleansing your palate to take a sip now and then. Pay attention to what you are eating when making a beverage choice. Good options are room temperature water with lemon or herbal tea – the temperature will be closer to your body’s normal heat and ease digestion vs. disrupting it.
To aid digestion consider adding fresh lemon or a splash of apple cider vinegar to your beverage.
You have the power – Be unconventional and you just may start a trend to drinking more thoughtfully and healthfully.