Should You Drink Water With Your Meal or Not?

  • Published on Apr 19, 2019
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    In this video, Dr. Berg answers the question if should you be drinking water when you eat food. The thought is when you drink too much water, it will dilute the hydrochloric acid in the stomach and is going to weaken the ability to digest food. The purpose of hydrochloric acid in the stomach is to trigger the enzymes to primarily help digest protein, absorb minerals, and kill off microbes.
    If you are going to drink water on your meal, add apple cider vinegar to help you keep the pH where it needs to be. Avoid adding calcium carbonate or drinking alkaline water to the meal because it will dilute it. But then, what’s more important is what you are eating or the quality of food you are consuming, and don’t force yourself to drink a lot of water especially when you ate protein because potentially, it can also dilute the HCL and weaken the ability to break down protein. If you are doing a salad with a meal or combining it with protein, you may find that you are thirstier at the end of the meal because a lot of the fiber attracts water and it gels up in the colon, so the body will tell you to drink a little more.
    If you have a weak digestive system or your stomach isn’t that strong with a good enough acid, don’t go drink too much water, and start to build it up with betaine hydrochloride, apple cider vinegar, or apple cider vinegar pills.
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Comments • 562

  • Ali  Zakat
    Ali Zakat 18 days ago

    Ive noticed water increase my digestion exponentially

  • Priscilla Ducharm-Ferster

    For 5 years now i may have a cup of water nearby but i don't drink more than a couple sips in order not to flush out the enzymes that come to break down the food i just swallowed. I can out eat anyone now and not be bloated. Everyone complains about eating too much.. I wait maybe a half hour i try to push to am hour then i drink a full glass.. I won't ever go back to drinking so much during a meal like everyone else.. I'm 48

  • A O
    A O Month ago

    Ffs people just eat a bit healthier and a bit less, who the hell is going to put vinegar in their water!? I think intermittent fasting in general makes sense, but these does and dont's are just freakin' crazy. And this dude seems pretty intelligent and nice, but who the hell is he to have the answers to allt this stuff when nutrition is such a fuzzy topic and nobody really knows what is good for you and what is not.

  • Shilpa Gupta
    Shilpa Gupta 3 months ago

    If you drink water while consuming your salad that makes you gain weight

    KUNDAN KUMAR 3 months ago +1

    Love from india

  • Ghassan Haddad
    Ghassan Haddad 4 months ago

    Thanks a lot for this information. But please I have a question. When should I have vinegar pills. I mean is it ok to take it before breakfast or when?
    Please answer me. Thanks.

  • Keith
    Keith 5 months ago

    Please don't wait until you get the hiccups to drink a liquid...then you've gone too far. 😂
    I find when I drench my foods in good fat oils and Grass Fed Organic Butters that I need to drink less liquids.

  • Joel W
    Joel W 5 months ago

    'Gonna have to test the waters'?????? You sir, are the King of Puns, whether they are intentional or not. This is the second time you threw a slick comment like that in that cleverly played on the video title in the past month or two. Informative and (accidentally??) funny. Gotta love it.

  • Muhammad Uzair Bhatti
    Muhammad Uzair Bhatti 5 months ago

    test the waters XDXDXD

  • Amira L
    Amira L 6 months ago

    OMG I have been harassed my whole life by my arab family who thinks its idiotic to drink water with a meal. 😭

  • entertainment guru
    entertainment guru 6 months ago

    Most logical ancer I have ever heard on the fucken internet

  • bioschlock
    bioschlock 6 months ago

    How much apv is too much? Like with every meal?

  • Jimmy Bumgardner
    Jimmy Bumgardner 7 months ago

    Had my gallbladder removed years ago. Never had any problems, but now that I am 68 and some of the videos I have watched. I recognize that I have some of the symptom because of no gallbladder. What should I take and or eat to help.

  • soldier of tough love
    soldier of tough love 7 months ago

    I highly suggest Barbara O'Neill "sunshine and rest" And you'll not drink before during or after meals.

  • Persha maja
    Persha maja 7 months ago

    I have electricity allergy what should i do???

    • Worship
      Worship 7 months ago

      Persha Sh, you better call Saul.

  • Vitika Arora
    Vitika Arora 7 months ago +1

    Sir my eyes are drastically sinkingg in ...i feel pain in facial muscles and cheeks are also sinking in...i really need ur help..bcz no dr. Is able to understand wht it face has started lookinh like hell ..plz help me out

    • dejfreedom
      dejfreedom 7 months ago

      Vitika Arora what made it start?

  • C
    C 7 months ago

    i get fat when i drink lots of water with my food, so i drink water with my food all the time.
    i assume that means it's healthy if you do so. remember, we aren't supposed to 'leak' calories. in nature, we're supposed to absorb the maximum amount of calories from the meals we eat. for that same reason i'm a proponent of eating a little bit of fruits that are in season. every once in a while if you gain fat AND muscle, it's probably a sign that you're body is storing some stuff for rainy days.
    and when are you able to store up for rainy days? when you're happily over flowing with resources!
    don't be scared of gaining weight. it's natural if you stay below 20% bodyfat. you can always lean down during the winter!

  • Clark Robertson
    Clark Robertson 7 months ago +2

    This question really reflects just how much intelligence/common sense has declined over the past decade

  • Josef Kevin Lucero de Godoi

    ... I used a very expensive demo water ionizer for a week... after 4 days I was cramping severely and quit drinking the water on day 5... after 2 days the cramping was all but gone... very painful few days... ACV all the way...

  • Lee Holmes
    Lee Holmes 7 months ago

    Lol test the waters...I see what you did there

  • energiser303
    energiser303 7 months ago

    How about water in protein shakes

  • Defending the faith.
    Defending the faith. 7 months ago

    You need to eat before one o’clock. I would be laying in the corner in a fetal position if I had to wait that long to eat.

    • Defending the faith.
      Defending the faith. 7 months ago +1

      KingDavidTV I use to work nights. I ate at 7 am before bed. Everyone is different.

    • KingDavidTV
      KingDavidTV 7 months ago

      @Defending the faith. What if he works all night?

    • Defending the faith.
      Defending the faith. 7 months ago

      KingDavidTV I didn’t take him as being that lazy.

    • KingDavidTV
      KingDavidTV 7 months ago

      How do you know what time he gets up?

  • ams 15292
    ams 15292 7 months ago

    That's why there is Coca Cola.

  • Pablo
    Pablo 7 months ago

    You make me happy, thinking that there are american honest doctors! You are an example of excellent physician!

  • alyssa alaimo
    alyssa alaimo 7 months ago

    Carbonated water ?

  • Hristo Raychinov
    Hristo Raychinov 7 months ago +23

    Dr. Berg please make video should u breath or not while fasting.

    • Sir Wilhelm Steinway
      Sir Wilhelm Steinway 4 months ago

      No , certain co2 rich air mixtures actually reverse fasting and make you put on weight .
      Dr berg did a simmaler video on weather or not sniffing your childs farts can break a fast .

    • Keith
      Keith 5 months ago +2

      I don't breathe while fasting...I find I lose more weight that way by becoming a corpse.

  • Anthony scott
    Anthony scott 7 months ago +1

    Drinking water with meals is very important it helps break down food and help's soften stoles and adds digestion 👍

    • jp f
      jp f 2 months ago

      Anthony scott how much is too much?

  • SkyDaLimit925
    SkyDaLimit925 7 months ago

    Thanks dr Berg I wanted to know the answer for this for a while now . When you browse the net you get yes and no’s .

  • Israel Moreno
    Israel Moreno 7 months ago +1

    Thank you 🙏🏻

  • Jaxon
    Jaxon 7 months ago

    did you just contradict yourself. I drink about 4 glasses of water every meal not including iced tea juice or milk shake and I feel ok.

  • Suresh Sylar
    Suresh Sylar 7 months ago +2

    For the past 2 years i drink 2 hours before and after my meal, and i have seen major improvement in my health. I rarely get sick these days, even when someone near me is sick I am not affected at all. My next step is to completely stop sugar and focus on intermittent fasting, which is quite difficult in my country with their main dish consist of rice and noodles.

  • RipVanWinkle7
    RipVanWinkle7 7 months ago

    Thanks Dr. I’m a Dr too, I can explain my patients this. Thank you so much.

  • PrInCeSsuk8
    PrInCeSsuk8 7 months ago

    Only sip water don't gulp bad for your liver

    • Eddie Salas
      Eddie Salas 7 months ago

      So your saying that drinking water is unhealthy for you? Are you dumb?

  • PrInCeSsuk8
    PrInCeSsuk8 7 months ago

    Drink water 15mins before a meal

  • RoyalPizzaKing
    RoyalPizzaKing 7 months ago

    of course not! Water is for trees !!!

  • Victoria Calvert
    Victoria Calvert 7 months ago

    Dr. Berg. Please address hiatal hernias and acid reflux

  • Pamela Shinmar
    Pamela Shinmar 7 months ago

    Drinking water with meals makes me feel full. Drinking two 2 hours be for a meal doesnt make me feel full. Thanks

  • Jerry Lee
    Jerry Lee 7 months ago

    Why not drink lemon water with a meal? Lemon is acidic and tastes better than apple cider vinegar and water.

  • onlygood stuff
    onlygood stuff 7 months ago

    Please. But why not Alkaline Water? Thanks.

  • Rizwan Chad
    Rizwan Chad 7 months ago

    Dr are you well?

  • Roop Singh
    Roop Singh 7 months ago +1

    In Ayurveda, water should be drunk 30 min before and an hour after food. That’s the rule

  • vaxen805
    vaxen805 7 months ago

    ACV with water DOES WORK. DO IT!

  • YhwhKhaiMostHigh
    YhwhKhaiMostHigh 7 months ago +1

    I always drink water or tea w/ acv with my meal.

  • Nobuhle Thusi
    Nobuhle Thusi 7 months ago

    Thank you Dr Berg

  • Eze Thomas
    Eze Thomas 7 months ago

    What about Chinese that only drink warm or hot water instead of cold? I swapped to hot water half an hour after and quit cold drinks and soda forever after my trip to China

  • aqualuv99
    aqualuv99 7 months ago

    I was told not to drink ice cold water. Chinese people drink lemon water

  • M Chan
    M Chan 7 months ago

    Can I drink Coke Zero instead of real-sugar-coke to lose weight? Does Coke Zero triggers insulin?

    • Lubov Glover
      Lubov Glover 7 months ago

      I wouldn't drink any pop whats so ever! It is hard at first but is so worth it. You will see those pouds shedding off so fast once you stop drinking anything but water. Gatorade and other sports drinks are the worst too, too much sugar!

    • Lubov Glover
      Lubov Glover 7 months ago

      Yes, fake sugar and the 0cal sweeteners still trigger the same dopamine receptors in our brain and make us craving for more sugar. I read a research somewhere that 0cal sweeteners actually make you insulin resistant and you become diabetic and gain fat more and more. The so popular stevia for example is "natural" but if you read the ingredients it is mixed with other ingredients that are not!

  • Casmige
    Casmige 7 months ago

    Digestion actually doesn’t take place so much in the stomach.
    The stomach, like a washing machine, simply bathes the food in digestive accoutrements....And yes some what sterilizes the food in the HCl environment.
    Digestion is primarily done in the small intestine....Although it is often said that digestion begins in the mouth as well with proper mastication.

  • Michael Becker
    Michael Becker 7 months ago

    What about soups? Are they healthy?

  • astralvenus
    astralvenus 7 months ago

    I drink water like a cat! Avoid it at all cost when eating bc if I drink water or anything cold the food just sits in my stomach and hrs will go by, I get hungry and I still feel the food in the back of my throat.

  • Virgil Reyes
    Virgil Reyes 7 months ago +1

    "Test the waters" puns! I love it!

  • Joe Al
    Joe Al 7 months ago

    How to get more acid? I've been having acid reflux for like six months and keep burping after eating simple foods.
    Thanks so much Dr. 🤝🏻

  • Melki Hassa
    Melki Hassa 7 months ago +2

    Thank you, Dr. Eric Berg, for your guidance on this lifestyle. I have lost significant amounts of weight comfortably and rejuvenated my skin. It's such an enjoyable experience it's amazing. Again thank you :)

  • Shadow On the Sun
    Shadow On the Sun 7 months ago +3

    Uhhh!!!!! The sound of him taking the cap off the marker 😬😬

  • No Name
    No Name 7 months ago

    *Always drink water or something with your food. What goes in must come out, yes? You like dry or semi wet bowel movements? Choice is yours.

  • Syed Abbas
    Syed Abbas 7 months ago

    Doctor, I have read that acid works better when diluted. But that doesn't clarify if we need water or not during meals. Water during meals should be helpful or otherwise due to other reasons, which I expect you to elaborate on.

  • Mehmet Ince
    Mehmet Ince 7 months ago

    Hello People. Pleas help me. My english is so bad, no good. Eat with water? or Eat with no water? Thanks my Friends

  • YB E
    YB E 7 months ago

    Soda water definitely alkalizes the stomach, I always wind up with reflux after drinking it.

  • kav sch
    kav sch 7 months ago

    Do a show on "chaga" tea.... dark bitter water... yummy...

  • Tariq Ahmad
    Tariq Ahmad 7 months ago

    Love ur videos Dr berg. Please throw some light on why i m allergic to butter and cooked tomatoes. It gives me kinda flu or jammed nose . Please consider my question.thanks.