Updated: Nov 14, 2020
Have you tried drinking warm water between meals to aid digestion? I started doing just that.
When I was in my 20's I had stopped drinking tea with milk. It was a survival tactic. I was living on my own for the first time and my milk was often ‘iffy’ i.e. been in the fridge too long and gone slightly lumpy…yuk! It wasn’t worth the risk so I decided to go milk-free in tea. My tea began to get weaker and weaker until I was practically drinking water anyway. My Granny said it was good for me but at that time, I had no idea why. Now I know a little more and I actively cultivate the habit.
Ayurveda recommends drinking only warm/room temperature between meals. In other words, there’s no other calorific intake between meals (3-6 hours). This allows the digestion to do its work unhampered. If you like to have coffee in the afternoon, try having it shortly after your meal. That way it doesn’t interrupt the work of the digestive organs.
Drinking warm water has loads of other benefits. It also calms the nervous system. It relieves constipation by making the faecal matter more lubricated and more able to move through the digestive tract. Warm water hydrates the body better than cold water as cold water has to be warmed to body temperature to be digested. That takes more energy. Drinking warm water makes you sweat which is a way for toxins to leave the body, helps stimulate circulation.