Is Drinking Water With Meals Unhealthy? I always have a glass of water with my meals. But a friend pointed out that this is really bad for digestion and can even cause bloating and gas. I looked online and found the same information! Am I doing something harmful?
There’s no need to worry about drinking water with meals. While it can dilute digestive acids (which can slow digestion and increase the risk of bloat, abdominal cramps or fatigue as the body digests food), drinking water as you’re eating doesn’t really dilute stomach acids that much. In my opinion, it’s already difficult to get enough water into your system—there’s no need to complicate things. So keep up your habit if it’s not causing you any problems. (FYI: I always have water with my meals!)