According to experts, drinking water right after your meals can tamper with the time it takes for your food to digest.
Coming to the issue of drinking water right after your meals, Dr. Sood notes the ill effects, “By drinking water
right after your meals, you are again tampering the natural time it takes for your food to digest. This also makes you feel hungrier faster than anticipated and results in overeating and bloating
.” She recommends a 30 minute window both before and after your meals. “In these 30 minutes, your system proceeds to the next stage of digestion.”
Studies suggest that it is essential to maintain some gap after your meals as this helps in absorption of essential nutrients too. Consuming water right after the meal tends to dilute gastric juice. Though, our stomach is adept at absorbing water, but an excess intake of water after meal dilutes enzymes that are essential for digestion
. This is responded by lesser secretion of digestive enzymes that in turn can lead to heartburn and acidity.