Drinking water with meals? It's better not to

Drinking water with meals? It's better not to

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Drinking water with meals? It's better not to

The prevailing wisdom is that we could all drink more water.

Angela Lemond, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics spokeswoman, calls it “the gold standard fluid for the body,” in USA Today.

But Lemond also says that drinking and dining has its downside. Namely, gas and bloating, she said.

“For digestive health, we do say that drinking nothing during a meal is best, followed by the second best thing, drinking room temperature water.”

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Lemond doesn’t say that drinking water prevents nutrient absorption, although the claim has been made.

Instead, Lemond recommends getting between 90 and 120 ounces a day by starting with two glasses in the morning.

Kick start morning awesomeness

Go ahead and blend your nutrient-dense smoothie. Sweeten your coffee with the wonders of coconut milk.

But before that, reach for water. Here are her reasons for this non-negotiable morning habit:

  • Better digestion. Drinking two glasses of water in the morning on an empty stomach aids digestion and improve body function efficiency.
  • Regularity. “It also helps with moving the lower bowels for regularity in the mornings,” Lemond said.
  • Thwarting the munchies. When dehydrated, your body mistakes thirst for hunger, leading you to reach for something to eat when you’re not really hungry.

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