In today’s video I wanted to cover how to improve digestion using water!
Water is important to our body, we are about 70% water after all. It affects all systems in the body. There are some ways to be strategic with drinking water to benefit your digestion.
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1. Drink room temperature or warmer water. If water is too cold the body has to spend energy raising the temperature before it can be absorbed. Of course we want hydration quickly as fluid is the main way molecules are transported into and out of cells. We also need to be adequately hydrated to have proper digestion.
2. Have water 30-45 minutes before or after a meal. To have proper digestion we need to be well hydrated. If we have water with a meal it will hamper digestion. The stomach needs to remove the excess water before digestion continues. This slows down digestion and that may create more gas, bloating or putrefaction. Of course the weaker our digestive system the better it is to not have water with our meals.
3. If you do find that you need water with a meal that means your meal doesn’t contain enough water containing foods. This is a clue to look at your plate. Make sure your meal is at least 50% veggies (raw, salad steamed). You can also start a meal with a soup that contains more water. If you do need water have 1/2 a cup if hot ginger or mint tea to help with digestion and sip as needed.
I hope these tips help you – let me know if you try them. If you need any clarification let me know. if you have other tips I would love to hear them.
To better digestion,
Certified Holistic Nutritionist.