This dilutes the stomach acids and digestive enzymes. It is best to drink 30 minutes before your meal - this helps uptake of nutrients and move bowels. It is best not to drink for 1 hour post-meal to help the enzymes and stomach acids do their work.
If you feel your mouth is just so darn dry while eating, that is likely due to being:
- Stressed while you eat.
- Eating in a rush.
- Not being aware that you are eating.
- Secretory glands not functioning well due to drinking during meals [conditioned not to secrete].
If you absolutely cannot avoid drinking during meals then:
- Avoid cold drinks.
- Drink warm to hot teas.
- Avoid milk during meals.
- Drink a tablespoon or so of apple cider vinegar prior to eating to encourage acidity in the gut.
We had a patient come in to the clinic with chronic constipation for years. She was improving but not rapidly. She happened to stop by my website and read information about avoiding drinks and especially cold drinks during meals. Once she changed this, she now goes 2 times a day!
Give it a shot.
For those who have a tough time with changes (like me!), aim to drink room temperature beverages to start. Consciously realize how much fluid you are drinking while eating - don't just guzzle.
It takes time to retrain your salivary glands but in time they will regain proper function. If your salivary glands are not working, then you are losing pre-digestion also. Never thought your spit was so handy did ya? It helps kill bugs. Use it and don't dilute it.
If you're doctor told you to drink during meals - then by all means, listen to 'em.
Also drink plenty of water while you take your fiber supplement. If you don't you'll have a big bunch of fiber sitting like concrete.