Drinking water and other fluids can cause dilution of stomach acids and digestive enzymes, making them less effective at breaking down food. So, whenever possible, it is best to drink fluids before and two hours after meals as this helps uptake of nutrients.
Drinking water during or after a meal can actually improve digestion. Water and other liquids help break down the food in your stomach and keep your digestive system on track.
Let common sense prevail:
You may have to drink water if you are having meals after a hard day of work or exercise.
You may have to drink more water in hot and dry climate.
The amount of water required will depend on type of food you are eating.
Drink smaller amounts of water with meals.
Water should be room temperature.
Drink more water about 2 hours after meals or ½ hour before meals.
Drinking more water ½ hour before meals may help promote weight loss as you feel fuller, faster.