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Medical Drinkng liquids during eating?

  1. Oct 24, 2008 #1
    Is it advisable to not drink any liquids when chewing food? would that allow more saliva to develop as oppose to taking sips with every intake of food? And if more saliva develops would it be better for digestion?
     
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  3. Oct 24, 2008 #2

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    Digesive fluids do help with digestion, but often there is not enough to wash the food down into the stomach or to quench thirst.

    If you have chewed properly, enough saliva should have been dispensed to properly digest the food.
     
  4. Oct 24, 2008 #3
    Saliva only aids in the digestion of food until it reaches the stomache. The ammount of saliva produced would be more to do with the length of time the food was chewed for rather than if there was a presence of another liquid (although i'm just guessing). However, seeing how water is needed for the chemistry of digestion, it would improve digestion to increase the water intake during or immediately following a meal.
     
  5. Oct 25, 2008 #4
    So is it better to drink during chewing or after the food has been swallowed? I thought that saliva aided digestion, so if you were to secrete more of it the better for you stomach.
     
  6. Oct 25, 2008 #5
    As I recall from biology, saliva works in the mouth and esophagus; but the pH of the stomache deactivates it from working further. I don't know which would be better; to drink during chewing or after chewing, but if I had to guess i'd say immediately after swallowing. Although I have no basis for that.
     
  7. Oct 25, 2008 #6

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    My parents never allowed me to drink during diner. Depending on how much you drink, you do dilute your stomach juices. I don't know what the effect of drinking is on saliva production.
     
  8. Oct 25, 2008 #7
    It's a little off topic, but I do know that drinking high pH (basic) liquids, or eating foods that have a high pH hampers the effectiveness of digestion. The pH difference neutralizes a portion of the stomaches acid and reduces the digestion of substances that rely on an acidic environment to be broken down. As I recall, proteins are digested by the acids in the stomache, then upon entering the intestinal tract the pH changes from acidic to alkaline and carbohydrates and fats are digested by the high pH bile in the small intestine.

    So, one could infer that consuming alkaline foods or liquids, or even just diluting the stomache acid with a large ammount of water, would affect the efficiency of protein digestion.
     
  9. Oct 25, 2008 #8

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    Saliva is mostly water isn't it? I do not believe that drinking while eating influences saliva production nor does it have that much of an affect on the enzymes.
     
  10. Oct 25, 2008 #9

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    Not by acids, but by pepsin, digestive enzyme. Pepsin needs very low pH.
     
  11. Oct 26, 2008 #10
    That's right yes. All I could remember was the connection between low pH and protein. :)
     
  12. Oct 26, 2008 #11

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    I noticed many years back that I stopped salivating when I'm full.
    It's the bodies way of telling you you've had enough to eat.
    A lot of people think I'm rude, or that I'm a freak because I now refuse to drink anything during my meals.

    This may be one factor that explains why I'm not overweight, as are 5 of my 6 siblings.

    You might look to nature for something as basic as eating habits. How many creatures, besides man, eat and drink at the same time? Racoons maybe. But look how fat they are.
     
  13. Oct 26, 2008 #12

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    Otters, beavers, seals, whales, dolphins... :wink:
     
  14. Oct 26, 2008 #13

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    I've always drunk while eating (in fact everytime I felt thirsty). Sometimes while chewing but mostly just after swallowing/ just before swallowing. I've never had any problem with my digestion, I never took any pills for that.
    Maybe should you follow what your brain wants (if you're thirsty, drink.), but I'm not sure if it's the best.
     
  15. Oct 26, 2008 #14

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    Ah ha! More proof.

    Eskimo's eat whale and seal "blubber" = fat.

    And who's ever seen a skinny beaver?

    Dolphins and otters may keep trim with constant exercise.
    They do seem always on the move.

    That would explain why my one sibling is not overweight, he spends half the day in the gym.
     
  16. Oct 26, 2008 #15

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    Most animals eat raw food - when you cook food you drive off water, which has to be replaced with water you drink.

    Just so we're clear here, did anyone else notice that this is a thread about drinking while eating?
     
  17. Oct 26, 2008 #16

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    I'm not quite clear on whether the OP is talking about drinking while having a mouthful of food being chewed, or just while sitting down to a meal. In the former case, that seems a bit impolite and perhaps puts you at risk of choking if you're trying to chew and drink at the same time. But, nothing wrong with taking a sip of water between bites. It might even help you eat less if you fill your stomach with some water and slow down your eating a bit.
     
  18. Oct 26, 2008 #17

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    How did humans survive before they had PF to tell them the procedure for eating?!
     
  19. Oct 26, 2008 #18
    But that doesn't mean that what you are doing naturally can be optimal for you.
     
  20. Oct 26, 2008 #19

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    They died?

    My favorite saying from when I was 14, from a friend's professor - masticating to peptic euphoria. It always reminded me to carefully chew my food.
     
  21. Oct 27, 2008 #20

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    Yes, whenever I eat raw foods like a spoonful of fresh ground peanut, or cashew butter, i cannot swallow without choking. Is it only me? I was thinking maybe our saliva is not enough to wash down these lipid-rich foods.. I need to combine them with something higher in moisture, like jam, milk, water, fruit..
     
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