When Should You Drink Water Before and After Meals?

Hi, I’m Jason the water guy. Water is the most abundant and most important compound in the world. And you get a lot of fluff out there from people trying to sell their products. So I’m here to give my experienced opinion about what is good and what is not when you choose your best drinking water.

Water serves a number of essential functions to keep us all going… A vital nutrient to the life of every human cell. The carbohydrates and proteins that our bodies use as food are metabolized and transported by water in the bloodstream.

The below article is great because it answers a common question for water consumers around the world.

Advised by Naturopathic Doctor, Dr. Kingsley Owosela, it’s generally not recommended to consume excessive amounts of water within 15 minutes before or one hour after a meal due to concerns about diluting stomach acids, potentially impacting digestion. While the stomach is equipped with powerful acids and enzymes to break down food, large volumes of water around food could lead to various digestive issues. Dr. Kingsley also emphasizes the importance of chewing food properly/slowly and eating mindfully to allow the enzymes and microbiome in the digestive tract to break down food efficiently, reducing the workload on the stomach and other organs of the digestive system. These mindful eating practices, alongside balanced hydration habits, are key for overall wellness and gastrointestinal health.