The Impact of Drinking During Meals: Day 13 of National Nutrition Month

Whenever you go out to a restaurant the first thing you are asked by your server is, "What would you like to drink?"

It seems every time we eat, a beverage is our plate's counterpart and assumed liquids should be a part every meal.

There has been conflicting advice floating around regarding whether drinking liquids during a meal will upset digestion or not. Just like much of the dietary information out there in diet culture, it depends on the individual....

I know, frustrating right?!

According to research, individuals who have no digestive issues or conditions should be okay with drinking liquids along with their meals. Your body has a great way of adjusting to different stimuli and conditions so your stomach will adjust its acidity level to ensure proper digestion.

The caveat to this rule is those who have digestive issues such as ulcerative colitis, Crohn's, Celiac's, diverticulosis/itis, GERD, SIBO, IBS and/or are generally chronically stressed and experience consistent constipation, bloating or slow digestion should not drink liquids during meals.

The body's ability to adjust to any excess liquid consumed with food is impaired with these conditions/states. Bottomline it all depends on the individual.

Trial and error is the best way to figure this one out. Try drinking 4-8oz of water with a meal and be mindful of how you feel. Do you notice any excess bloating, flatulence, constipation or pressure in your gut? If you notice one or more of these symptoms, reassess whether drinking liquids with meals is right for you.

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