Ahhhh. So painful to realize I have been “doing it” all wrong for decades. I am referring to my eating patterns.

My chiropractor father taught me to drink a glass of water just before you eat. Starts the digestive fluids, which will help digestion. WRONG!

I heard this week from a naturopath that water should be ingested 10-20 minutes before the meal, so it can pass quickly through your stomach. Once you start eating, nothing leaves your stomach until it’s been digested. So if you just took in a glass of water, it is going to stay in there with the food. And it’s also going to dilute the stomach acids, which will slow down the speed of digestion.

So you are bloated with the water and stay that way longer, until everything is digested. Duhhhh. In fact the stomach will call for more acid to make up for the diluted acid that is supposed to do all the work. This puts additional strain on the whole system.

No wonder I feel bloated and it takes me so long to digest my food.

Beer and juices with your meal create the same problem. Wine however is acidic, so it helps digestion.

I hope there aren’t too many mistakes like this in other parts of my life…