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Fake News: Drinking Water Standing Up is Perfectly FINE

  • by: Maarten Schenk
  • (Mon, 04 Feb 2019 09:44:47 Z)

Should you never drink water standing up because else you don't get the nutrition or cleansing benefits from it? No, that's not true, it is total nonsense based on no actual science. The human digestive system is quite long, with lots of twists, turns and "valves" so it really does not matter in which position you drink water as long as it gets in there.

The story recently appeared in an article published by The Times of India on February 1, 2019 in the Times of India titled "Why you should NEVER drink water standing up - Times of India" (archived here) which opened:

When you have water standing up, you don't get the required nutrition. Shocked? Water, if not consumed in the right manner, can be very bad for you an

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Why you should NEVER drink water standing up - Times of India

When you have water standing up, you don't get the required nutrition. Shocked? Water, if not consumed in the right manner, can be very bad for you an

People who click through to the article at the time of writing are now greeted only by a picture of a man drinking and the headline but the actual article text is gone. We managed to find a copy in the Google Cache here (archived here), it opened:

There is nothing like water to quench your thirst. It plays a key role in keeping you hydrated and just so you know, there are a lot many health problems and other related illnesses (and even weight issues) which can be solved if you just keep up with the intake of water on a regular basis. For ideal health, it is important that you have at least 8 glasses of water every day.

We all have the habit of getting home and drinking water right away, often standing. Since we all believe that there is nothing wrong that water can do, we don't give it a though how we are having it - standing or sitting. Well, wake up to the reality. When you have water standing up, you don't get the required nutrition. Shocked? Water, if not consumed in the right manner, can be very bad for you and put you at risk of potential health problems. This is also what Ayurveda says.

There is actually a right way to have water to detoxify the body and gain all the nutrients and minerals. It is important to remember that our body, though made up of 70% water, loses so much of it everyday, it is crucial to fill up on the quantity and hence, it matters that you consume it the RIGHT WAY. And no, it cannot be achieved when you stand up and drink! Wondering why? We tell you.

When you drink water standing up, the water which goes in passes through the system with a straight gush, not really reaching the organs where it is supposed to do the job. Hence, the impurities which are supposed to go out get deposited in the kidneys and the bladder. Wellness coach and fitness enthusiast Nikita Parmar also shared a post which highlighted some of the dangers of standing up and drinking water.

Water doesn't pass through the body in a straight gush if you drink standing up and you can easily test this yourself: simply stand up and drink some water. Does it immediately come out at the other end? Obviously not.

You can read up on how the human digestive system works here:

Your Digestive System

Your digestive system is uniquely designed to turn the food you eat into nutrients, which the body uses for energy, growth and cell repair. Here's how it works. The mouth is the beginning of the digestive tract. In fact, digestion starts here as soon as you take the first bite of a meal.

It is quite clear that water can't run straight through and that it stays in there quite a long time before being absorbed into the body. The article published by the Times of India offers no plausible explanation why this would work differentlly or less well if the water was initially consumed while standing up.

We have contacted the Times of India to inquire how such an article got published and why the headline is still up after the rest of the story seems to have been deleted, we will update this story when we hear back from them.

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About the author:

Maarten Schenk is our resident expert on fake news and hoax websites. He likes to go beyond just debunking trending fake news stories and is endlessly fascinated by the dazzling variety of psychological and technical tricks used by the people and networks who intentionally spread made-up things on the internet.  He can often be found at conferences and events about fake news, disinformation and fact checking when he is not in his office in Belgium monitoring and tracking the latest fake article to go viral.

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