Does drinking water during or after a meal affect or disturb digestion?

Answer From Michael F. Picco, M.D.

There's no concern that water thins down or weakens down (dilute) the digestive juices or interfere with digestion. In fact, drinking water during or after a meal helps how your body breaks down and processes food (digestion).

Water is vital for good health. Water and other drinks help break down food so that your body can take in (absorb) the nutrients. Water also makes stool softer, which helps prevent constipation. Choose water when possible instead of drinks full of sugar.

Looking for other ways to promote good digestion? Live a healthy life. Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Also include low-fat or fat-free milk, yogurt and other dairy products and lean meats. Keep a healthy weight. Get active most days of the week.

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May 25, 2022 See more Expert Answers