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Food Myth #12: It is good to drink liberal amounts of fluid with your meal. Print E-mail
by Ron Kennedy, M.D., Santa Rosa, CA

Dr. Kennedy Most people do not consider their meal complete without something to drink. Many restaurant personnel expect you to order a drink and are disturbed if you do not. You are best advised to resist these pressures, because fluid dilutes all digestive enzymes, beginning with ptyalin in the mouth and continuing with hydrochloric acid in the stomach. Hydrochloric acid is responsible for beginning the breakdown of protein, so that proteinase can complete that job in the small intestine. Drinking large quantities of fluid with a meal dilutes these digestive juices, making it impossible to digest your food properly. The best practice is to do your drinking between meals, beginning no earlier than two hours after your last meal. Two hours is the time required for your stomach to empty into the small intestine. A great time to hydrate yourself is when you first arise in the morning. A tall glass or two of steam distilled water will not only hydrate you but also may awaken your colon, so that you begin the day free from a powerful source of intoxication. The only good purpose served by fluid with meals is lubrication for swallowing. The need for fluid for this purpose may indicate that you are eating too fast — but not always, depending on the type of food you are eating. Very dry foods may require extra lubrication beyond the saliva you produce even after thorough chewing. Drink the minimum amount necessary to swallow your food!

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The information in this article is not meant to be medical advice.�Treatment for a medical condition should come at the recommendation of your personal physician.

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