Digestion is very important for our health, staying slim, and mental health. Without appropriate digestion many problems can occur in the body, such as indigestion, heart burn, bloating, irritability, lethargy, headaches, depression, inability to determine true hunger, etc.
But there is something we do every single day that causes one or even more of these symptoms. Can you guess what it is?
What do you drink and how much do you drink with your meals?
Don’t drink cold water with your meals
Maybe drinking cold water does boost your metabolism, but it does so by using energy to heat up the cold water to body temperature. This redirects the energy that needs to be used for digestion. You need your energy to break down food so your body can easily absorb the nutrients and eliminate waste. Bad digestion can actually gain weight in the long run, because toxins built up in the digestive organs and cause insatiable cravings and problems with your body’s ability to determine if you are hungry or not.
Don’t drink liquids with your meals
The breakdown of food can be harder when drinking liquids during your meals because it dilutes the naturally occurring digestive enzymes and stomach acids. Stomach acids are scattered when consumings liquids with solids because water is excreted faster than solids. Allow your saliva to naturally help you swallow your food.
Drink water or other liquids 20 mins before meals and wait at least an hour after
With this method of hydrating yourself, you’ll still be adequately hydrated during the day and your food will be digested without complications for your stomach and intestines.
If you must drink with your meals, drink a warm beverage
For example, you can have room temperature water with lemon or herbal tea. Because the temperature will be closer to your body’s normal heat, it will and digestion instead disrupting it. Ginger is great type of tea to drink with or after meals because it naturally moves food from the upper part of the digestive tract into the lower.