Drinking water while standing bad for you?

Jitendra Chouksey
Jitendra Chouksey

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Fitness Myths
Argument : Drinking water while standing is bad for you!

Logic : When you drink water while standing, it travels faster down your oesophagus and hits your Sphincter valve (it's a one way valve that keeps food inside your stomach) and damages it which leads to gastric reflux or GERD. It is also said that When you drink water while standing, it leads to malabsorption. It is also suggested to cause arthritis as it imbalances other fluids in the joints 😑 Well, we evaluated this and found it to be total BS. Lay your eyes on the video which shows that oesophagus is not like a hollow pipe from which water and food will just splash onto your stomach valve but instead is carried through waves of muscular contractions. While there are studied done that suggest the velocity difference while standing and lying down, there are non done to study the effect of standing vs sitting down. Since the oesophagus position doesn't change in either. I doubt, there would be any difference. Moreover, as you can see in the video, the water isn't exactly falling. Also don't forget that your water and food has to travel almost 25+ feet through intestines before it turns to gold. Can you imagine how the intestines fit in your 6 ft frame? And what change will happen whether you sit or you stand? Just like your oesophagus, the intestines aren't hollow tubes either and both food and water travels through waves of muscular contraction. Lets talk about the arthritis bit as well. When they say imbalance in the fluids, I hope they mean the synovial fluid which is actually produced by the synovial cells. While overall hydration does play a huge role in healthy production of the synovial fluid, the cells don't feel bad if you stand and drink water. They don't feel happy either when you sit and drink water. Basically, they don't care. The few reasons which affect the synovial fluid production are inflammation, injuries, dehydration, trauma, lack of physical activity, obesity and so on. I could not find "Standing and drinking water" in any of the research papers. I did however find them on blogs which were probably written by people who drank something else* while sitting. There are other claims like it calms your nerves and make you feel better and suppresses your appetite, yeah whatever! Bottomline, drink water! References: Video credits: This video (gfycat) is an videofluoroscopy of swallowing and esophageal peristalsis. The content is a barium sulfate suspension. (Video from Patterson, 2006.) https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/medicine-and-dentistry/synovial-fluid https://skeptics.stackexchange.com/questions/27338/is-drinking-while-standing-unhealthy https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1382811/pdf/gut00528-0043.pdf
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Ruchi

JC, Thanks for this vital information. Having studied physiology and biochemistry, I totally get your scientific arguements. However, with grey hair I also have more appreication for Dadi-Nani wisdom. Could there be any benefit of drinking water while sitting? Some even suggest to squat while drinking any fluids. I drink water standing out of habit.

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