During an empty stomach, a certain amount of gastric juice is secreted in the human stomach. The main ingredients are gastric acid, pepsin and mucus. These are all indispensable substances for digesting food and protecting the gastric mucosa. If you drink a lot of water before meals, the water will dilute the secreted gastric juice, thereby affecting appetite and stomach digestion. Not only do you feel full in your stomach when you eat, the food you eat will also be difficult to digest and absorb due to too thin gastric juice, which will lead to stomach problems over time and may also cause malnutrition in your body.
Generally, drinking a glass of water about 1 hour before meals will not only not affect appetite, but also help increase gastric juice secretion and improve digestive function. Because the water only stays in the stomach for about 10 minutes, it then enters the small intestine and replenishes the cells in all tissues of the body, including saliva and gastric juice. If you drink water 1 hour before a meal, it will catch up with the strong secretion of digestive juice when eating, which can increase appetite and promote digestion.
Question: What are the benefits of drinking plain water?
Answer: Fresh boiled water at a temperature of 20°C to 25°C has effects that many high-end beverages cannot match. Studies have found that mild boiled water can penetrate cell membranes, promote metabolism, increase blood hemoglobin content, and improve the body’s immune function. People who are accustomed to drinking warm plain water have higher dehydrogenase activity in the body, which eliminates the accumulation of lactic acid in the muscles faster, so it is not easy to feel fatigue.