There is an upper GI-series X-ray test that allows a radiologist to spot a peptic ulcer. Before going through this test one must drink a thick white chalky barium solution, which allows a radiologist to monitor its movement through your upper GI tract and to observe abnormalities. Forty years ago, radiologists noticed that the barium drink when consumed cold would leave the stomach and move to small intestines much quicker as compared to a slower evacuation of a warm drink. This was annoying for radiologists who did not have enough time to watch the process and, thereby, spot a peptic ulcer. Radiologists started experimenting with food and cold-water drinking after eating. This is the way many people have their cold drinks – right after or right before consuming a meal.
If the stomach’s content is colder than body temperature, then foods such as meat, fish, poultry, cheese, beans, nuts, and seeds, which are normally predigested in the stomach for 4-5 hours, are pushed out of the stomach to the small intestines in only 20 min. Food that are not processed to a certain condition in the stomach can not be broken down further when in the small intestines. That is why our food starts fermenting / putrefying in the intestines instead of being digested. Thus, a number of toxic chemicals are produced that cause bloating, belching, burping, bad breath, diarrhea, dysbacteriosis, headache, allergies, and a host of other disorders. This is how the indigestion is created; and indigested protein in our body is a cause of allergic reactions.
Definition: “Indigestion is just another name for an upset stomach – discomfort or colic abdominal pain. It usually happens when people eat too much or too fast, or have foods that don’t agree with them and with a normal digestive process.”
Therefore… drink plenty of room-temperature water 30 min before your meal, or four hours after eating a protein meal. Your food digestion slows down dramatically if your concentrated stomach juices, which are required for your proper food digestion, are diluted with water, even if it’s warm. It’s like filling up your gas tank with a mixture of 25% gasoline and 75% water and trying to drive your car. If your meal is too thick and hard to swallow, add more fresh raw salad to it and chew each bite many times until it is liquefied. If you travel the world and study the eating-and-water-drinking habits of different cultures, you’ll find no culture, besides Western, that drinks cold water while eating or right after it.