Drinking with a meal


Drink after a meal? 

Many people have a similar system for taking meals. For example, first we eat sandwiches, which we then drink with tea. We can not imagine a dinner without a compote, as well as drinking during a meal. Seemingly nothing bad, but is it certainly not affect the quality and pace of digesting eaten meal? Will our stomach feel any change? 


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When we eat something light, eg breakfast, boiled vegetables, soup, steamed meat and fish in small portions – we will rather slow down the decomposition of food to the first few factors. A glass of tea or natural juice should not hurt us. 

Drinking and digestive enzymes 

It will be different in the case of a traditional Polish two-course dinner. Sipping it with compote, juice or tea, we will prolong its retention in the stomach and impair digestive processes. We will see a well-known feeling of fullness and heaviness in the stomach, which will show indigestion. This happens due to the dilution of the gastric juice with accepted fluids. Therefore, sipping a meal, we will feel satiated for longer. 



When to drink? 

Nutritionists recommend that all drinks should be taken on average half an hour before and half an hour after a meal – to minimize digestive disorders. Taking some fluids after a meal, some recommend to put off in time – from 40 to 60 minutes. We should also eat the soup half an hour before the second course. During the meal it would also be good to give up billet. This will avoid dilution and alkalization of gastric acid, i.e. shorten the time of eating in the stomach. 

The quality of the drink and its temperature 

The kind of liquid we drink between meals is not without significance. Better when they are cooler drinks, which stimulate metabolism, dormant with the supply of a warm dinner. It is good to drink tea that supports digestion – black, red, green, and also herbs – mint, St. John’s wort, chamomile; of course, it’s best if they are not hot and summer is. 

Soda water, beer, soda and colorful drinks are certainly not suitable for drinking. They promote bloating and bouncing, so it is better to save the gastrointestinal discomfort. Oranżady and other similar drinks have additional calories, which should also lead us to avoid such liquids. 



Savory dry wine? 

Great importance is attached to red wine. The French have long appreciated its beneficial effects on our digestive system. Therefore, if there are no contraindications, it is worth having a glass of red, dry wine after dinner or a sumptuous dinner. Substances from this wine that we owe to digestion support are cinnamic acid and tannins. They stimulate the secretion of saliva, gastric juice (digestion of proteins, carbohydrates and the beginning of decomposition of fats) and bile (breakdown of fats into better absorbed molecules). 

Remember that when we get to satiety, it’s better not to put extra liquids on the stomach. Let’s give him a chance to digest the food. We can drink tea or coffee only after some time after taking a meal, when we feel that the feeling of fullness is weakening. In addition, it is worth implementing the principles of healthy nutrition in your everyday lifestyle. Overeating, even occasional, is not beneficial to health, and causes problems with the stomach for a long time. It is better to eat less than later to barely move with a full belly. 


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Posted on: February 13, 2019

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