Do you drink water before taking meals?

Philippines
October 20, 2009 9:48pm CST
Some people who's in diet said that it's better to drink a lot of water before taking meals as it makes them feel full thus makes them eat little. Yeah, it's true that it's healthier to drink water before taking meal as it enable for our stomach to immediately digest food. But drinking too much water before eating it dilutes gastric juice and weaken its digestion function, causing the food unable to be digested and absorbed completely. That's gradually cause the intestines and gastric diseases. Do you drink water before or during meals?
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30 responses
• United Arab Emirates
21 Oct 09
I drink water before taking meals. Ive consulted many doctors regarding this issue, they all were unite at the point that its better to take water before the meals rather than taking water after the meals. Scientifically it is good to take water before taking meals and thats why ive made this my routine.
• Philippines
22 Oct 09
It's great to know that it's really proven by doctors as you've mentioned. Because some people don't really take the importance of drinking water before meals. Well anyway, it's good that somehow you'd able to make it as a routine. Thank you for sharing with us and enjoy your day!
@mishaela (29)
• Romania
21 Oct 09
I heard it's not indicated to drink water while eating,even tghough i do that.We should drink 1 even 2 liters of water a day but not before meal to get thiner.Look,u made me drink right now,becuse i don't drink enough water on one day!!
• Philippines
22 Oct 09
It's not good to drink TOO MUCH water before meals, as those people who's on diet making it as a habit, since it makes them feel full. It's only good to drink water, not plenty. Anyway thank you for sharing with us and enjoy drinking water!
@jozz70 (60)
• Indonesia
21 Oct 09
Yeah I always drink before eat something. I don't why, but probably always drink water before eat already being my habit, don't it's good or not. But as careguarden said it's good for stomach to digest food immediately.
• Philippines
22 Oct 09
It's good that you able to make it as a habit. It's good for your health.
• Philippines
21 Oct 09
I don't drink water before taking my meal. I think its not good to drink a lot of water before eating. How can we become healthy if our body lacks energy. We intake food to be energized. The more adequate food, the more energy. Although we need water in our body, it doesn't mean we have to prioritize taking it than eating. Consider yourself working hard labors. You cannot exert force well if you have no energy. So better eat a lot of food than drink plenty of water.
• Philippines
22 Oct 09
We need enough food as much as we need enough water. It should be a balance. Actually I didn't mean that people should drink plenty of water before taking meals. What I said is to drink water before meals. Drinking TOO MUCH water before meals is harmful to our health. Anyway thank you for sharing with us and enjoy your day!
@Emilycyf (61)
• China
21 Oct 09
I did before, I drink water or soup too much, which hurted my stomach, it's so fragile now. I will be fine if I drink after meals. If you are a slight illness in digestion system, it's better not to drink before your meal.
• Philippines
22 Oct 09
It's not be good to drink TOO MUCH water or soup before meals, as your digestive system could not digest the food because of TOO MUCH water, and it dilute the gastric juice that's help for digesting food. As result you have problem in your digestive system, so you're right it's better to take water after every meals, that's in your case. Anyway thank you for sharing with us and enjoy your day!
• Philippines
21 Oct 09
.,,ahmm me??? Sometimes..it depends upon the situation and thats it if im thirsty..but I agree with you my friend...
• Philippines
22 Oct 09
Thank you my friend. Water plays a very important role in our body's proper function. And insufficient water supply in our body is harmful into our health conditioned. Anyway thank you for sharing with us and have a great day!
@maplegeo (126)
• India
21 Oct 09
I think it is better drink water after food not between and before.If you are trying to loose weight,you can drink water slipping food.If you drink 3 or 4 glasses of water in empty stomach you can avoid many of the diseases..
@rajka970 (176)
• Sweden
21 Oct 09
yes before,while eating,after eating
• India
21 Oct 09
yes i drink wate before taking meals.i agree with youir reasoning.also we have to take atlest ten to twelve glasses of water daily and it is also very essential for good health.
• Philippines
22 Oct 09
Yeah, it's good to drink few glasses of water everyday as our body need it for proper digestion of food that we take, and circulation of our blood and our entire system. It's great that you have a habit of drinking water before taking meals as it will give you good benefits.
• Indonesia
21 Oct 09
yes, sometimes i'm taking drinks before meals,it makes ur stomach feel better.
• Philippines
22 Oct 09
It's not really good to take fruit juices, tea, soda or any beverages before taking meals, it's good to drink simply water.
@leeapollo (611)
• China
21 Oct 09
no, I seldom drink water before taking meals. but I often drink water after having meals. I know it is not a good habbit, but I just can't helping do that. happy mylotting.
• Philippines
21 Oct 09
Well you can try, just little water, before taking every meal. Since it's for your own benefit. Anyway thank you for sharing with us and enjoy your day!
• China
21 Oct 09
Not really, careguarden! I don't pay attention on it! I drink before meal just coz I'm thirsty then. And people also said drinking water before meal is harmful, as it water down gastric juice. (Now lunch time is coming, and I'm drink tea. It's said more harmful, as gastric juice is acid, and tea is alkaline.) I think maybe drink soup before meal is a better way as people in Canton do.It works the same as drinking water but better, I think.
• Philippines
21 Oct 09
Well as I've known drinking water before meals is important and and more healthier. Because it will wash out all the leftovers and acids in the stomach before new food enters. And it's good good either to drink fruit juices, soda,tea, etc., before taking meals. Water does not dilute gastric juice in our body it's only when we drink too much water. There's no such thing as harmful when it comes to drinking water. That's what I know. By the way some research said that it's better to drink water after drinking tea. Because tea contained some elements that cause to dry our skin and can affect early aging. Anyway thank you for sharing with us and enjoy your day!
@Trace86 (5034)
• United States
21 Oct 09
I had heard that it was good for dieting, but I keep forgetting to do it. Water is really good for you too. Keeps your skin soft and healthy. You don't need to drink too much water before your meal to start the feeling of satiety. I think about an 8-16 oz glass should do it for most. Besides, I think more acid is produced when the food actually hits the stomach.
• Philippines
21 Oct 09
Yeah, you're right our stomach produced gastric acid even when the food hits our stomach, thus it's not good to drink too much water before eating meals because it only dilute the acid that's needed for food digestion. So after taking meals then it's good to drink plenty of water. Anyway thank you for sharing with us and enjoy your day!
@amybrezik (2123)
• United States
21 Oct 09
I don't even though I know how good for you it is. I try to make myself drink water, but I just don't like it.
• Philippines
21 Oct 09
Well drinking water before eating meals has so many health benefits. So if you really want to maintained healthy life then I think it's not bad to drink water, even if you don't like. Anyway thank you for sharing with us and enjoy your day!
• United States
3 Dec 09
Wow, I did not know that! Thank you for the information! I usually drink water during my meals but sometimes I don't drink anything at all. Maybe now I should pay more attention to when and how much I drink when I eat.
@jpso138 (7844)
• Philippines
24 Oct 09
I really do not do that. If I drink any fluid or water before eating, I usually lose my appetite. You may find it hard to believe but I only drink water or softdrinks after I have eaten all my food. That is the time that I drink water. But from time to time, I drink water. I consume around 8-10 glasses of water every day. And when I am in any physical activity, then I drink more.
@joysebiz (21)
23 Oct 09
I've heard about, drinking water before having a meal so that you will not eat too much but I often forget about it. So I usually have a glass of water while eating. I try to get at least eight glasses of water every day.
@missak (3311)
• Spain
22 Oct 09
I would rather drink water after taking meals, or while I take them. I can't imagine taking it in the beginning, it makes me not enjoying the meal... and of course, I agree that it could be bad for heealth.
• China
22 Oct 09
Usually i drink water before taking meals,and I think it a bad habit to drink during meals or after taking meals. Maybe you can drink waterat least an hour after meals .
@nuar_y (279)
• Malaysia
22 Oct 09
i do take a big glass full of water before taking my meal. this is effective, because I'll reduce my meal by half. =)
• India
22 Oct 09
I think if you drink water before eat then who you can eat food properly. It may be also effect you digestion system the chemicals and other think with mix time of digest food is not as effective as it can be. I an Indian in country we drink water after 1/2 hr. eating food. So it can be useful to digest your food.