Should You Drink Water During Meals?

Q: I’ve heard it’s a bad idea to drink water during meals, but I know hydration is important overall. What’s your position?

A: Hydration is one of my favorite topics, and I encourage you to be sipping on H2O 24-7—that includes water during meals.

The rumor that you should skip fluids while you eat comes from a flimsy thesis: some people say that water you drink while eating can affect your digestion by diluting the acid your stomach used to break down food. That, they claim, can prevent your body from absorbing nutrients properly and lead to bloating.

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But that theory is not supported by research, and even if we did find out there was some truth to it, the benefits of drinking water during meals (trust me!) would far outweigh that effect.

Benefits of Water During Meals

Research has shown that water during meals can help curb weight gain by preventing overeating. (We’re talking a couple glasses; don’t get so excited that you start chugging from that Swell bottle pre-dinner.)

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In one study, adults who drank water right before digging in lost more weight than those who didn’t. Finishing off a glass while you wait for your steak salad to show up, it turns out, may cause you to feel full sooner.

Other studies have shown stopping for sips slows down the speed at which you eat, causing you to eat less overall. Eating at a slower speed allows you to check in with your hunger signals and usually makes a meal more enjoyable. And we all know enjoying what you eat is a big part of maintaining a sustainable balanced diet.

Liquids may also help move food through your digestive tract smoothly, so your water intake could actually prevent bloating and constipation. Score!

Finally, did I mention I LOVE talking about the overall importance of hydration? Drinking enough water throughout the day is associated with weight loss, improved moods and energy, and better skin.

With all that going for it, it definitely makes sense to keep it up before, during, and between meals.

 

How Does Lauren Roxburgh Live a Nutritious Life?

Lauren Roxburgh is an international best-selling author of  Taller, Slimmer, Younger – 21 Days to a Foam Roller Physique’, and creator of the Lo Rox Aligned Rollers and the Aligned Life video series. Certified in the fields of Structural Integration, classical Pilates, nutrition and pre/post-natal yoga, Lauren is a body alignment, fascia and movement healer, and has been fortunate enough to work with some of the world’s top athletes and celebrities. She is the go-to writer and expert on all things fascia, alignment and foam rolling and regularly works with some of the country’s top orthopedic surgeons.

Currently, she is working on making me two inches taller. Perhaps I won’t get two inches, but she can, for real, make you taller (and calmer at the same time.) Named “Body Alignment Pro” by Vogue and dubbed “The Body Whisperer” by Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop.com, Lauren has also been listed as one of the “Hottest Trainers in America” by Shape magazine.

I love every minute I spend with Lauren as she truly radiates all things Nutritious Life in her calm, positive, beautiful inside and out way. Read on to learn how this gorgeous mama lives her most Nutritious Life:

(PS: I know you’re going to want to lie down on the ground and start rolling the minute you read this and lucky for us, you’ll be learning more from Lauren in the blog here soon. So, keep checking back.)

How do you DRINK UP?

I stay hydrated with Alkaline water, Rosemary Lemon Water, Chlorophyll Water, loose-leaf green tea and a bit of Italian or French red wine and organic coffee.


How do you EAT EMPOWERED?

Nourish and live with the 80/20 Rule! Go Alkaline 80% of your life and go ahead and allow yourself to indulge a bit for the other 20%.  Start your day with an 8oz glass of water and a squeeze of lemon before you have coffee or breakfast. Reduce red meat, wheat, dairy, processed foods, refined sugar and alcohol in your diet.

 

How do you LIVE CONSCIOUSLY?

My whole philosophy is about empowerment and connecting with our true strength and authentic selves. Finding alignment in your physical body is the first step to aligning your life, connecting to your gifts, attracting your deepest desires and feeling like you are on your true path. It’s not about what you think the world wants you to have, but actually digging deeper into what your own true desires, passions and loves truly are.

Over the years as I was so deeply studying the body, I realized many other things in my life and self were also coming into ‘alignment’.  I’ve seen it with hundreds of my clients too. People who have struggled with weight issues, stress, toxic relationships, addictions or other personal issues often find they finally get resolved once their body is correctly aligned, connected and stronger and they start to feel empowered. When we take time to really BE in our bodies and out of our heads, magic happens, light bulbs go off and your true inner self can start leading the way. Hence my motto: Aligned body, aligned life! I also practice TM meditation to help me connect to my higher self.

 

How do you LOVE MORE?

Practice gratitude, soulful self-love and acceptance, not just saying it in our heads, but feeling the love for self and acceptance of self in our bodies and at a cellular level…That’s when we change our vibrations and we start connecting to what and who we truly desire.

When people focus on the positive, life becomes better, you glow more and you attract more positive in your life. Even when we go through awful things in life like break-ups, losses, deaths, illnesses and betrayal we can choose how we view the experience. We can choose to be a victim or look at lesson. Ultimately, finding balance in life, letting go of the small stuff, prioritizing love, health, laughter and nurturing your body and emotional wellbeing.

 

How do you NURTURE YOURSELF?

Roll, bounce, sauna, mineral bathes. Surround myself in scent. Rub 2-3 drops of skin suitable lavender oil into your palms and rub together, then inhale 4 times to relax my mind and body. Then rub on my temples and neck and feel the tension flow away!  Another great way to nurture myself is to take hot salt bath. Salt baths and saunas helps release unwanted tension, flush the body of toxins, hydrate connective tissue, reduce soreness, help you sleep better and fully relax your entire body and mind.

 

How do you SLEEP DEEP?

Natural CALM Magnesium drink helps relax my body so much.

 

How do you STRESS LESS?

Be here and now. Remember to breathe…in just a few minutes a day you can dramatically increase your lung capacity, improve posture and reduce stress by doing what I call “Umbrella Breathing”: Visualize your lungs as a 3-dimensional umbrella.  Imagine you are opening the umbrella by taking a full inhale to expand your lungs as much as possible. Pause at the top of the breath, then take a full calm exhale (as if you were sighing in relief). Pause again at the bottom of your breath and repeat.  Decide which way is easier for you: the inhale or the exhale? Then focus on the weaker direction to help increase the absorption of oxygen.  It’s so simple but the benefits are increased metabolism, better posture, decreased stress, more energy and even feeling more inspired.

 

How do you SWEAT OFTEN?

Get on my Bellicon rebounder and do my Total Body foam roller Workout Aligned Life video series Foam rolling increases circulation, smoothes out fascia and helps ‘wring’ out your organs all of which can help regenerate and restructure your connective tissue, reduce stress and inflammation, detoxify your body, and even beat cellulite once and for all.  

Cellulite occurs when underlying fat pushes through weakened, dry, or brittle connective tissue (or fascia). This weakened or imbalanced connective tissue structure can be caused by gravity, aging, dehydration, and lack of movement and poor muscle tone and/or circulation.  But 10 minutes a day on your roller can rejuvenate this connective tissue as well as giving your lymphatic system a boost so that it is more efficient in flushing toxins from the body.

The rebounder is another great way to boost lymphatic drainage and rid your the body of waste and toxins.  Getting rid of the waste helps reduce cellulite, keep skin clear, hydrated, supple and glowing, which helps you look and feel younger. Plus it’s fun, helps build bone density and is the perfect way to get a low impact cardio workout as well. Combine it with 10 minutes of rolling for an incredibly effective de-stressing and slimming combo.