Many elders would advise us to drink water sitting down for varius health benefits.
Drinking water in the standing position is associated with numrous unpleasant or adverse effects. While drinking in the standing position, people suffer indigestion, the kidneys filter impurities sub-optimally when compared to sitting positon. When consumed in the erect posture, the splashing of water in the lower parts of the stomach can lead to ulceration reflux symptoms related to the regurgigations of acidic content into the lower oesophagus because of weakening of the upper oesophageal sphincter.
WHile sitting down and drink water, the nerves are said to be relaxed and work better aiding in digestion and the process runs more smoother. Long term practice of drinking water while standing can lead to an imbalance in body fluids, leading to increased joints fluids that can cause joint pains.
Ayurvedic experts also suggest to slowly sip the water and not to gulp it. Sitting and drinking water slowly also gives a chance for the windpipe to get enough oxygen and air avoiding respiratory problems later on. Hence, as far as possible, we need to drink water while sitting down and do it slowly that we do not disturb the harmony of the digestive system and the nerves that control it.