This question had troubled me for more than 15 years. I changed various formats of drinking water. I drank water on empty stomach for a good 10 years or more. I used to avoid drinking water with meals.
Results – Whitish layer on tongue. Increased sensation of thirst with passage of time. Thick saliva. The taste of food was impaired. I did not like the taste of most of the food that once I used to like.
So 2 months back I decided to drink 200 to 300 ml water with each meal.
Result shocked me – I stopped feeling thirsty. Saliva volume increased 10 fold. Food started tasting better. There seemed to be significant improvement in the sharpness of brain. Not drinking water for 36 hours was very easy.
The first argument against drinking water with meals is – that it will dilute the stomach acids. I do not think that is right. Stomach acids are produced after we eat food. Based on the volume of food and type of food that we eat, stomach acids are produced. If we take 50% of our normal meal there will be 50% acids that will be there in stomach. Same way if we eat non-veg the amount of acids that stomach will have will be far as compared to when we eat veg food.
Same way water taken along with meal will become part of the food and stomach acids will be adjusted accordingly.
Let us first understand about what is there in our body:
65 to 75% of body weight is fluid.
15% of body weight is bones.
5% could be waste sitting in large and small intestines waiting to be excreted.
Rest is FATs, muscles and other molecules.
So going by weight / volume fluid should be most important. Otherwise also bones, FAT and muscles are fed the nutrients supplied by fluids. They all (bones, muscles etc) are stationary. It is the fluid which moves from one place to another. So we need to control and understand the working of fluids.
This fluid is there in 3 major compartments. Of the total fluid 10% is blood. Rest of 90% fluid is there in cells and in space between cells.
Blood (10% of total fluid) feeds the nutrients to rest of 90% fluids.
Think – what will happen if the 90% of the fluids falls short of minerals and carbs.
Now understand that almost 70% of the minerals and carbs are manufactured in the body itself with the help of other minerals, hormones and enzymes.
Think again – If there is shortage of blood glucose in 90% of the fluids the body (liver) will raise glucose in the blood by assigning top priority to convert everything into glucose.
Glucose is the single most important nutrient needed in our body. No diabetic dies due to excess of blood glucose. They die when body fails to meet the requirement of glucose. When there is shortage of energy heart and other vital organs do not get enough energy to operate optimally. Heart attack and cholesterol is never caused by anything but by excessive fluids caused due to insufficient energy supplied to the heart to push the fluids with required force. Heart stops working due to lack of energy and not due to clotting. Clotting takes place when heart stops working.
The explanation of drinking water with meals is as under:
When we eat food our stomach produces acids and other enzymes to convert the food and other liquids into a paste. This paste is passed on to small intestines. Small intestine is connected to blood veins. The minerals, carbohydrates, Fats, proteins, water, enzymes and other nutrients are absorbed in small intestines and moved to liver for further processing. After processing in liver the mineralized blood is sent to kidney for balancing of the minerals. Any minerals found to be out of correct proportions are filtered out.
First benefit of this will be that blood volume will increase as more fluids will be absorbed with minerals because of more water content in the food. Second there will be better absorption of minerals, proteins, carbs and Fats etc.
When we drink water on empty stomach there will be acid production in stomach. The water will not be absorbed in small intestines.
If we drink water after more than 1o minutes after a meal, the water will not form part of the paste.
Now take an example – take some tooth paste in a bottle. Add some water to that. Now shake the bottle for 15 minutes. After shaking for 15 minutes you can see water and particles of paste separetly.
This water will not be absorbed in small intestines. Even the absorption of minerals will be low due to formation of crystal of paste. That is what will happen in our stomach.
So we should drink water in the middle of a meal. Or rather spread out the water evenly throughout the meal.
So drinking water with meals should help cure varicose veins problem and other health conditions associated with poor blood circulation as well as anemia. It should also help improve the skin. It should remove the dark eye spots and improve eye sight. It can improve cataract as well. It can prevent prostate cancer as well. There are 1000s of possibilities.
But I remember very clearly that when I increased my water intake and started drinking on empty stomach all the health problems were cured in less than 10 days. Same result I saw with lot of other people also.
That is an indication that drinking water on empty stomach is meant to remove metabolic toxins. So we do need to drink water on empty stomach as well after every few days.
Diabetes Cure and Weight Loss
When we drink water or any other liquid after more than 10 minutes after a meal, the water and other liquids are not absorbed in small intestines (in the absence of stomach acids. Stomach acids are produced only in response to food and not in response to water and other liquids). The liquids and water are passed on to large intestines. In large intestines also the excess water and vitamins are absorbed. However the large intestine does not absorb any minerals, carbohydrates, fats and proteins. This water is passed on to intra-cellular fluids. No processing is done by liver and kidneys. This is kind of direct reach to the body fluids which are passed on to cells. Over a period of time, the intra-cellular fluids around the large intestines become devoid of most of the minerals. These fluids are also striped off the essential glucose. In the absence of glucose the metabolic rate falls which causes increase in blood sugar to compensate for the lack of glucose in intra-cellular fluids.
Absence (or lack) of glucose in interstitial fluids will cause flight of fluids from blood making a person feel thirst all the time. That gets converted into diabetes in due course of time.
Not drinking any fluids except with meals will dehydrate the large intestine and surrounding areas of excess fluids. This will result in increase in metabolic rate.
It will also help reduce intracellular water. Average total intra-cellular fluid makes up about 30 to 50 liters of fluid. That means a loss of 5 liters of intra-cellular fluid can be brought in about 30 days. That is the fastest and safest weight loss that is possible.
But weight loss is not happening. I am expecting it come later. Body goes through a process of adjustment. There are obvious improvements. Weight loss will follow. The increase in blood volume may cause weight gain initially. As the metabolic rate picks up the weight loss will be there.
The excess water reaching in large intestine is the cause for prostate problems.