drink water before eating

@cintoy (1014)
Indonesia
February 24, 2010 5:31am CST
do you know that you must not drink water before you eat especially for lunch and dinner. You should need to wait for at least 1 hour before taking your lunch or dinner. More explanation to come about the question why. If anybody know, please share here.
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@aerous (13475)
• Philippines
26 Feb 10
A smart discussion, my friend. For it's not my habit to drink water before eating. It is true that there are people drink water before they eat. I though your the one in that particular instinct..have a nice day!!!
@cintoy (1014)
• Indonesia
27 Feb 10
yup.. i happen to be drinking water just before i eat. But it is just a mouth of water. just to make me easier to eat as the foods can be dry sometimes. ^^
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@aerous (13475)
• Philippines
16 Mar 10
Yup! It happen that to me sometimes. But it is very often...
@neildc (17257)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
25 Feb 10
i think this contradicts one of the post i have read that it is good to drink a glass of water before eating. if i can remember well, the poster said that it exercises the intestines, as a sort of a warm up for digesting our food.
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@cintoy (1014)
• Indonesia
27 Feb 10
hm... does they provide scientific researches in their discussion?? Is it in Mylot as well? could you provide the link? well, before i post this, i have search all the discussion in mylot (and get 7cents^^) and none are talking about this.
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@neildc (17257)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
27 Feb 10
please read the comment of the original poster of this discussion to my response that you can see at response number 9. http://www.mylot.com/w/discussions/2128613.aspx
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@freeboy90 (458)
• Italy
24 Feb 10
The explination I knew is that the water mixes with your gastric juice making it less affective, and so the all digestion will be compromised. It will take longer and will not be as good or smooth as if you didn't drink. Is this the reason you meant?? Maybe there is another one, let me know :)
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@cintoy (1014)
• Indonesia
27 Feb 10
yup. more or less as what you are discussing here. It's the enzyme works. you got it all right.
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• Italy
27 Feb 10
OK I was right then hehe
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• India
24 Feb 10
let me help you with what i know. there is no problem in taking water before or after or during meals.So for the record it's only people who are having problems making enough stomach (hydrochloric) acid who need worry about this. However, too little hydrochloric acid, known as hypochlorhydria, is said to occur in up to 47 percent of the general population, the highest incidence being found in older people.There is a common belief that drinking several glasses of water just before eating, or during a meal, will help to reduce food intake,because the water helps make the stomach feel full.there is no scientific proof to make this believe.one recent study found that having a bowl of soup before main course led to an overall 16% reduction in kilojoule intake compared to not starting with soup. Vegetables and fruits are other high-moisture foods that should help with weight control when eaten with meals (or as between-mealsnacks), by making the stomach feel full.
@Gany15k (1674)
• India
25 Feb 10
Good info bro.Thanks for sharing !
@cintoy (1014)
• Indonesia
27 Feb 10
Well, as what i found out, it is said that the enzyme plays the part here. When you are drinking water few minutes before the meal and then you have the meal, you are forcing the enzyme to work extra. It hasn't fisnihed with the water you consume earlier and you already put more foods (which are more difficult to digest) but your information is very scientific. Thanks for the updates.
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@towongfoo27 (2989)
• United States
24 Feb 10
I tend to drink water when I am thirsty, and follow less the rules of drinking water. I drink enough water to satisfy my thirst, but I have heard the opposite in drinking water to feel fuller before sitting down to eat. Water also helps the body to ride itself of toxins accumulated from the unhealthy food we sometimes sit down to eat. And unless your observation or study is in a published health journal of some kind, I do not believe the advice given in this discussion. Most health advice needs to be studied and checked up on before making such claims, espeically if it goes contrary to what people know so far. Where is your evidence that a person shouldn't not drink water 1 hour before eating? Please do share your enlightened observations, so we all may learn cintoy.
@cintoy (1014)
• Indonesia
27 Feb 10
yup... one of the mylotter here mentioned about the gastric juice in your body. as what i have found out just now (few seconds after i read Sreekala response) i found out something about the enzyme. It is from the book of Prof. Shinya. He mentioned about the enzyme works in our body. When we drink water just few minutes before we eat our meal, our body's enzyme will process the water... and when we eat while the enzyme hasn't finish processing the water, the enzyme will have to do double job to process the water and the foods.
• United States
27 Feb 10
I think I have also heard of what you say about the body's enzymes having to do double-time for us drinking water right before a meal. I guess it shows that medical studies and evidence is not always correct! Thank you for sharing this cintoy! Have a good day today! I will keep this in mind, next time I down 2 big glasses of water before my breakfast. Yet I don't like to be thirsty either, for I tend to drink the most water in the mornings.
• India
25 Feb 10
i really never heard such a thing before.are you sure with this point?could you please explain this?
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@cintoy (1014)
• Indonesia
27 Feb 10
well, i have already explain it in the previous posts. and some mylotters do explain as well. You can check back. Thanks for responding
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@nocturn98 (956)
• Venezuela
25 Feb 10
I think it helps to determine if you are really hungry or not. This is effective for those watching their weight. Drinking water before eating makes them feel full already so they tend to eat less during lunch or dinner.
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@cintoy (1014)
• Indonesia
27 Feb 10
yup.. but it is bad for metabolism. see the previous posts to know the scientific proves
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@daliaj (5689)
• India
25 Feb 10
I don't prefer to have water during or before eating. If the food is very spicy, I will be forced to have some water while eating, but it hapepns rare. If I have water before having food or while having food, it will fill my stomach and I don't feel like having more food. So, I feel that it is always good to have water after having food. We should also make sure to have enough amount of water everyday.
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@cintoy (1014)
• Indonesia
27 Feb 10
you like spicy food? i love it too. In Indonesia, mostly foods are spicy so i am used to it and love it. lol
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@sasalove (1710)
• China
25 Feb 10
I really did not pay attention to and always drink the water frequently. I think it is something like we can not take exercise after luch or dinner until one hour later. In my opoin, water will occupy the space of our stomach, if we drink the water a lot, then we will have no appetite to have the meal. In another, the water will dilute the food that you ate, which will prohibit the acid from digesting.
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@cintoy (1014)
• Indonesia
27 Feb 10
simple yet very covers all the details. You are so true sasalove. Big applause to you. ^^ thanks for the share
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@Gany15k (1674)
• India
25 Feb 10
I never heard of this before.I always use to drink water before eating.I'm just doing this for many years.Really a big thanks to inform this.Here after I will try to avoid drinking before eating.Because it is hard to stop suddenly.Anyway thanks for starting this discussion it is useful.
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@cintoy (1014)
• Indonesia
27 Feb 10
you are very welcome. I am happy to share something i know (even though just a bit) and mylotters here plays good deal as well as most of them know what is really happening with this issue. So, in mylot we can get help and we can help healthy habit, healthy life
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@phoenix8606 (4978)
24 Feb 10
hi! yes, i know that it is not recommended to drink water before eating, but many people especially women do it, because they do some diets and when they drink about 200ml of water before eating, they don't feel that hungry, they actually cheat the organism and it is really harmful for it, because then it uses the stores substances which are stored or immergency cases
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@cintoy (1014)
• Indonesia
27 Feb 10
yup. both it is not good for metabolism, it also make the stomach hungry after one to two hours. and i hate hungry. My mind just can't concentrate when i am hungry. Lol
@monkeylong (3147)
• Guangzhou, China
24 Feb 10
Yeah, I can not agree with you more.As far as I am concenred, I seldom drink water before the lunch time or the dinner time after I know this information. Before I know this information, I usually drink a cup of water ,in order to make myself not thirsty. So as to get a body health, I think should not drink water before any more.
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@cintoy (1014)
• Indonesia
27 Feb 10
you have known this information before? nice. I just find out few days ago. and try to find from internet about the scientific facts. healthy habit, healthy life.
@junrapmian (2170)
• Philippines
24 Feb 10
Is it a fact? I haven't heard of it. I always have a glass of water before I take my meal so that I will easily feel full. After a meal I take another glass of water. Is it bad? Waiting for your explanation. Thanks.
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@cintoy (1014)
• Indonesia
27 Feb 10
see my posts and others post above. They have some great views and information. It's not really bad.. but it is more to make your body to work double. I don't know what will it caused in the long run. and drinking water just to make full is just temporary. later on, you will feel hungry again.
@ridwan08 (1184)
• Indonesia
24 Feb 10
honestly,I never heard about this before,everyday I always drink before eat something,but it's not good for health,I must change my habit drink water before eat.nice information cintoy,maybe I must monitoring this started,because I want to know about it.
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@cintoy (1014)
• Indonesia
27 Feb 10
yup. changing habit for healthy life. you can check the explanation above your posts. its about the enzyme workings. feel nice to be able to help others. ^^
@p3ks626 (6552)
• Philippines
24 Feb 10
I've heard that before. It helps in the digestion process that's why we need to drink water before meals. And it shouldn't be too cold. I didnt know it should be 1 hour before you eat but at least 30 minutes. Aside from this, I read somewhere in the internet that drinking water before going to bed is also important to prevent heart attack, do you know that?
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@cintoy (1014)
• Indonesia
27 Feb 10
As what i know, drinking water right before going to bed is not good as well. It will make your body which supposed to stop working when you sleep to not work to digest the water. It may cause some problem as what i know.. but dun really remember what kind of problem is that.
24 Feb 10
hi friend, ya i also know that we must drink water before 1 hour of urs lunch and dinner because It can help the brain maintain the vigor and save the new information in the mind. It may increase the immune system's activity and help resist bacteria. It can stimulate the nerve to produce material to resist depress. water is the essential item to make the natural sleep modulator. It can prevent the heart and brain blood vessels jamming. It is very good to drink water before meals, but do not drink too much.
@cintoy (1014)
• Indonesia
27 Feb 10
hm... i dont know about the nerve and brain things. is it based on research. well, thanks for the information. But what will happen if we drink water 30 min before meal. we won't get all the benefits you mentioned??
@Sreekala (19205)
• India
24 Feb 10
Hi cintoy, If we drink too much water before eating it will dilute the gastric juice (which helps digestion) and weaken the digestion. If there is problem with digestion then it may creates many problems later. Some people prefer to drink water before meals to reduce the amount of eating. We may feel our stomach full when we drink water and don’t feel to eat. According to studies this habit will harm the stomach.
@cintoy (1014)
• Indonesia
27 Feb 10
wow. you sure knows alot. i haven't managed to find anything about that yet. Will try to come up with more information later. But you sure helps alot. Thanks Sreekala
• Philippines
24 Feb 10
not really, some says of not to drink water before we eat coz it will make us feel full and theres a tendency that we can only eat small than a lot coz we already feel full. my father always told me about that when i was a child but when i grow up, i really dont bother. i even eat small food before i eat. besides what if we already feel so hungry. i find no problem nor harm if w drink water before we eat.
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@cintoy (1014)
• Indonesia
27 Feb 10
yup.. just like what i said,we will lose the appetite... mostly because we have been drinking water and it is full (for a while) but, it can be different if you have make it as habit
@jb78000 (15178)
24 Feb 10
never heard this before. the only explanation i can think of is that being slightly dehydrated will make you hungrier so you will eat more. it is polite to eat everything you are given and easier when you are hungrier. so the reason is probably for courtesy purposes.
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@cyrus123 (6383)
• United States
25 Feb 10
I've never heard this, myself. I've often heard that you should drink water before eating any meal if you're trying to lose weight. This way, you will get filled up faster and you won't eat as much. Some of the mylotters here are sying it's not good for you, though. I've never heard this. Kathy.
@cintoy (1014)
• Indonesia
27 Feb 10
well, you should try to see some posts from the respondents here. They have some scientifically facts that proves this. cheers
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@cyrus123 (6383)
• United States
28 Feb 10
I read these comments but I was taught the opposite.Kathy.