After eating, many people have a habit of laying down and relaxing oblivious of the fact that this is a bad habit that can be very dangerous to their overall health.
Here, we present you 5 things you should avoid doing after having a meal:
If you smoke, it is imperative that you wait a couple of hours after eating and then smoke a cigarette. This is because cigarettes contain nicotine that can bind to the excess oxygen needed for digestion. This allows the body to take in abnormally more carcinogen. In fact, some studies have shown that smoking right after eating is akin to smoking 10 cigarettes at a go. This can raise your risk of bowel and lung cancer.
- Eat Fruit
It’s advisable to eat fruit before a meal, and not after, since fruits need different enzymes so as to digest. Likewise, the sugars in fruit require more time to digest. These sugars also require more time to be effectively absorbed. You’ll also derive maximum nutritional benefits from the fruit when your stomach is empty. Conversely, consuming fruit after a meal can lead to indigestion, heartburn, and burping.
Going to bed right after eating usually leads to discomfort, bloating, among other sleeping disorders. It can cause your stomach to burn in the night. According to a study conducted by the University of Ioannina Medical School, individuals who stayed longer before going to bed after eating had a reduced risk of having a stroke. Hence, it’s advisable to eat a couple of hours before you go to bed.
If you shower right after eating, it can lead to an increased blood flow in the hands and legs, thereby lowering the blood flow in your stomach. This causes stomach pain and weakens the digestive system.
- Drink Tea
Drinking tea right after having a meal can affect the absorption of iron. Namely, tea has tannic acid that can bind with iron and protein in food, which normally leads to 87% decrease in absorption of iron. Subsequently, iron deficiency may cause anemia, with symptoms like poor appetite, pale skin, dizziness, chest pain, cold feet and hands, as well as extreme fatigue.
These are the things that you shouldn’t do right after having your lunch or dinner in order to uphold good health.