Drinking water immediately after eating is Poisonous and Harmful

Drinking water immediately after eating is Poisonous and Harmful

Not many of us know this, but drinking water immediately after eating is poisonous and harmful, I am using the word poison here because this habit of ours actually creates poisonous substances in our body.

Ayurveda has stated some rules/Sutras (Sanskrit word for rules) about when and how to drink water. When we start to look at these sutras from a scientific perspective, we realize how meaningful and effective these Sutras are. These sutras are also very easy to follow in our daily routine. By following this particular sutra about drinking water, you can avoid/control major diseases like high cholesterol, high blood pressure, other heart diseases etc.

“Digestion of food is more important than eating it”

Let’s understand Amashay / epigastrium:

There is a small part of our stomach called Epigastrium. In Sanskrit, it is called as Jathar. Epigastrium is a small bag like organ present in our stomach. The food we eat first goes into it. Epigastrium stimulates the Jathar-Agni / digestive fire to digest the food in it.

Let’s understand Jathar-Agni/digestive fire:

As soon as we take the first bite of our food (solid or liquid), our digestive fire starts to stimulate. This digestive fire (acid in the stomach) helps us to digest our food. This digestive fire remains active till the digestion of the food is completed. This well-digested food will convert into energy and will nourish our body.

What happens when we drink water immediately after our meal:

We all know that pouring water over fire puts out the fire. Similarly, when we drink water immediately after our meal, it puts out the digestive fire in our stomach (dilutes/weakens the digestive acid in our stomach). Some people even drink cold water after their meal which is very harmful. (Why? Read my other blog to know more about it: Is Drinking Refreshing Cold Water Making You Ill ? ) Also, people have a habit of drinking lots and lots of water after eating food.

We don’t realize it but all these daily habits of ours are creating poisonous substances in our body, which cause many diseases.

How exactly are the Poisons created inside our body?

As mentioned above, when we drink water immediately after a meal, the digestive fire/acid will be weakened. Because of this, our stomach becomes a stagnant pond of water with undigested food in it. So instead of digestion, fermentation of food starts in our stomach. Fermentation is nothing but the decomposition of food. This decomposition of food creates the following poisons in our body.

What are these Poisonous substances?

1. Uric acid:

First poison is the increase in Uric acid levels. Symptoms of increase in uric acid levels are:

Pain in knee, shoulder and wrist joints.

Swelling and pain in the ankles, feet, wrists or elbows.

2. LDL (low-density lipoproteins) / Bad cholesterol:

Second poison is the increase in LDL cholesterol levels. We all know that when the level of LDL cholesterol increases in our body it becomes difficult for the blood to flow through the veins of the heart. This increases blood pressure. If this poison continues to increase every day it blocks the heart veins. Ultimately it will cause a heart attack.

3. VLDL (Very low-density lipoproteins):

This type of cholesterol is more dangerous than the LDL type of cholesterol. If the level of this cholesterol increases, it is life-threatening.

4. An increase in triglycerides levels:

High triglycerides levels increase the risk of heart diseases. Very high triglycerides may cause blocking of the blood supply to the heart or the brain.

water drinking habits linked to heart diseases

So from above information, we can say that many of the heart and blood-related problems could be caused by our daily habit of drinking water immediately after a meal. Next time if someone says that their cholesterol, triglycerides or uric acid levels have increased, know that their body is not digesting the food properly.

“Digestion of food is more important than eating it”

How long should you wait to drink water after a meal?

  • You can take one or two sips of water immediately after having a meal just to rinse/clean your mouth and oesophagus (tube that carries food, liquids, and saliva from your mouth to the stomach)
  • According to Ayurveda, one should drink water after 1 hour 48 minutes of having a meal. This much time is required for the digestion of the food in our stomach. After this time duration, the digestive fire naturally slows down. At this time our body requires water to circulate this digested food throughout the body. You can drink as much water as you want after this time.

(I know It is very difficult to wait 1 hour 48 minutes after a meal to drink water. So it might not be possible for everyone to wait that long. But still, you should try to wait at least 45 minutes to 1 hour before you drink water. Once you are used to this habit, you can gradually increase the time.)

  • People with higher metabolism (if you do more physical activities or any kind of heavy exercises) can drink water after 1 hour of having their meal. A higher metabolism digests the food faster.

These simple lifestyle or habit changes can protect you from major life-threatening diseases. The National Cholesterol Education Program advises that everyone have a lipid profile every five years starting at age 20. Take charge of your health and Remember this “prevention is always better than cure”.

You may also like to read my other posts related to this topic- Health Benefits Of Drinking Warm Water – A Natural Detox For The Body

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12 thoughts on “Drinking water immediately after eating is Poisonous and Harmful

  1. This is a very interesting post. I have known that drinking water interferes with digestion but I still drink a lot during meals. I might just slow it down a little though and see whether I can get out of this habit.

  2. How is it that entire mankind since its inception have been programmed to drink water after eating??!! No theory is perfect & I find it hard to buy this (not drinking water after eating) and feel that there could be some merit to this but it is not entirely true. We should discover our own truth.

    1. Its not that you should not drink any water at all after eating food. As I have mentioned in the blog, you can take a few sips of water to clear your mouth and esophagus. Its just that we should not drink too much water immediately after eating, and I have mentioned the reasons above. I have written the blog based on my research and personal experience. But you are right when you say that we should discover our own truth.
      Me and my family members have personally tried this and it has worked for us. Same goes for many others I have personally known. But what works for one, may not work for others. So you could try this for a few days and see if it works for you.

  3. You did not mention that there are alternatives to water like juice, butter milk and milk that can be taken after or during meals to quench your thirst. Not sure about the quantity. Also in the order of the time of the meals like breakfast- juice, lunch- butter milk and dinner-milk. Can you please put more light on this.

  4. I guess people with ANY digestive issues should abstain from drinking with/just after meals. Many other people will not have short-term negative effects…

  5. I was also wondering what would be the least negative stimulating drink after heavy meal – small coffee / tea yerba mate / cocoa?

  6. Yes madhavi I agree with you 100% as I also caught some digestive issues recently but found out that if I drink water at least one and half hour before and after meals then firstly my digestive issues goes off automatically and it seems as if I hv never had them also my stamina, strength and power has increased manifold as I m a powerlifter also so this technique has helped me manifold it’s true I think everyone should give it a try everyone will like it

  7. I was searching how to drink water,when to drink water,because I was feeling that there must be some reason to drink at a suitable time. This is a light on that querry.
    Will read more n get more better health tips. Thanks a lot.

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