Is it okay to drink water immediately after eating meals?

Medically Reviewed by Checkmark Medically Reviewed By: Sravanthi Sunkaraneni

There is no evidence to suggest that consuming water at a certain time is better or bad for health. Very few credible published studies discuss whether drinking water immediately after eating a meal has negative effects on health. The same has been highlighted by a (2019) study on the timing of drinking water and beverages during the day. 

The Indian Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences, Ministry of AYUSH website recommends people with a poor digestive system to avoid drinking water after meals. This website also suggests that drinking water after a meal may lead to obesity and affect stamina by accumulating ‘Kapha in the parts above the stomach’ in some people. 

The Healthy Indian Project (THIP Media) has factchecked that there is no good time to drink water and highlights a recommendation made by the research director of the Amrita Centre for Advanced Research in Ayurveda that sipping water when thirsty and in small quantities throughout the day is beneficial.

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