These are the five things people should avoid doing after eating a meal
Most of the people nowadays tend to lie down or watch a movie and most of the time to feel chill and relax with their friends after having dinner or lunch without knowing that this is a terrible habit which can be extremely harmful to their health.
Here is a list of 5 things that you should not do after eating lunch or dinner:
1. Do not smoke a cigarette after eating a full meal
We are all aware that smoking is one of the bad vices and is extremely harmful to our health,
but most of the people still continue do this terrible habit even right after they are done eating their meal.
It very necessary to wait for a few hours after eating your meal before smoking a cigarette
due to the fact that cigarettes contains nicotine which can bind to the excess oxygen
that is essential for digestion, this allows your body to absorb more carcinogens than the usual.
Studies have shown that smoking right after a meal is equal to smoking 10 cigarettes at once. In addition, this will actually boost your risk of having lung and bowel cancer.
2. Don’t go for walks immediately after a meal
It’s quite natural to think that once we eat a meal and walk it out quickly, it will burn the calories that we just consumed.
Brisk walking post meal is a not a very good idea. Or go if you really want to, but then you’ll have some serious acid re-flux and indigestion;
if that’s what you want. You can go for a walk after a meal, sure, but after at least 10 minutes please. Then it is perfectly healthy.
The reason is very simple- after the meal, our digestion process is all ready to go. Digestive juices are released in the stomach and intestine.
This is the time when the stomach and intestine need most blood supply to carry on this process smoothly. Hence, the blood flow needs to be directed to this area for better digestion.
If we perform any vigorous activity as simple as brisk walking after the meal, the blood circulation gets directed to our extremities which compromises the blood flow to the core region of the body, thus hampering the digestive processes.
3. Going to Sleep right after a meal
The problem with eating after sleeping is that your body is most comfortable digesting food in an upright position, allowing it to absorb food easily.
So unless you catch your zzz’s standing up like a horse, sleeping after eating is going to muddle with the digestion process which can lead to a mass of digestive diseases.
If you are about to go to bed just right after eating a meal, you will be experiencing discomfort, bloating and other sleeping patterns which can cause your stomach to burn during the night.
The University of Loannina Medical School has conducted a research study which proved that people who waited for a longer period of time before going to bed
after a meal are those who have less risk of experiencing a stroke. Therefore, you have to make sure not to eat at least a few hours before going to bed.
The bottom line is that sleeping after eating causes digestive problems because you’re not in an upright position which is the preferred way for your body to digest food.
4. Taking a bath or swimming right after eating
When you bathe, your surface temperature changes according to the temperature of the water you use.
When the water makes contact with your skin, your brain processes this change in body temperature as an immediate need
to direct blood to your skin and bring your temperature back to normal. If you use cold water, your blood vessels dilate.
As large volumes of blood flow to your skin, your body temperature increases and normalizes.
If you take a hot shower instead, the blood vessels in your skin dilate to dissipate the excess heat.
This in turn causes more blood to flow to your skin.This will make your digestive system weak and might lead to stomach pain. So it is better to wait atleast 30 mins before taking a bath or swimming.
5. Drinking tea immediately after eating
You should not drink tea just right after you had a dinner or lunch due to the fact that it will only interfere with
the iron absorption in your body. The tea contains tannic acid that binds with iron and protein in our food.
It is scientifically proven that in most cases results to 87% decrease in iron absorption.
Iron deficiency can cause anaemia which result to pale skin, poor appetite, chest pain, cold feet and hands, dizziness, weakness and an extreme fatigue.
In conclusion, there are certain things that you should avoid doing just right after having a meal. Make sure to have some time
and leave some space to your digestive system before smoking, eating fruits, sleeping, showering and drinking tea.