There’s a lot of people out there saying how drinking water during meals is bad for you. It is said to be the cause of indigestion, heartburn and acid reflux for millions of Americans, who hasn’t seen those tums or other antacid commercials?
So should you drink water while eating food? Is that really the cause for indigestion issues? Many people think so. The reasoning behind their logic is that when there is food already in your stomach, the water will sit on top of the food and make it harder for the food to get digested, causing food to stay in your body longer.
Dilution of Stomach Acid & Enzymes
The theory is that water dilutes the acids and enzymes in your stomach. Your body needs these acids to digest food, especially heavier things like fats and proteins. When these acids are trying to do their job, the water gets in the way which makes the acid less effective. Also when the large amounts of water mixes with the acids, all that water is now slightly acidic, if it goes up your esophagus causing heart burn and other indigestion problems.
Is It True Though?
My personal experience has led me to believe that all this is BS, it’s simply not true at all. I’m a huge fan of drinking lots of water every meal. I’m known as the only guy at the dinner table with a 1.5L bottle of water, I usually finish it all by the end of the meal. I have to drink lots of water because I get very thirsty when eating, and I cannot enjoy my meal when I’m constantly thirsty. I constantly wonder how some people can eat a whole meal while drinking only a small cup of tea, I don’t get it.
Another reason why I think it’s BS is because when people drink smoothies, soups, eat cereal with milk, etc all these types of foods are basically solid food + large amounts of water, and yet they’re not known to cause indigestion or heart burn.
I don’t think there is any need to worry about drinking too much water while eating, if you’re getting heart burn everyday, it’s probably not due to the water but rather the types of foods you’re eating.
Some foods known to cause acid reflux and heart burn include:
- White rice
- High fat foods
- Fried foods
- Spicy foods
- Acidic citrus fruits (oranges, grapefruit, lemons)
So in conclusion I think this whole drinking water while eating causes indigestion issues is largely a myth…but then again I’m no doctor, and I can only share with your what I have experienced personally. As I have said I drink like 1.5L of water every meal and I have had no problems whatsoever with acid reflux, heart burn, or any indigestion issues.
I do tend to get acid reflux occasionally when I eat too much white rice and fried foods, so that further convinces me that these digestion issues has more to do with your body’s reaction to certain types of foods, rather than having too much water in the body.
Another person who I know of who drinks even more water than me during meals is a guy on YouTube by the name of Durianrider. He’s a vegan like me, and he tells people to drink a liter of water before every meal. His meals are like 2 liters of fruit smoothies which is even more water, and he eats like this most of the day everyday… and he never has any indigestion issues. I know this sounds crazy, but drinking this much fruit smoothies is normal in some vegan communities, especially the raw vegan groups.
I follow a lot of raw or partially raw vegans on YouTube who eats this way and I have never heard any of them say anything about having heart burn. Anyways, there is my opinion on this subject and feel free to share your own experience down below in the comments. If you found this post helpful, please like and share it on social media.