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If you’re the type of person that likes to do certain things after eating, then you should take a close look at the following list, to see those things that are unhealthy, and must be avoided by you. Because the truth is not every after-meal habit is good for your health.
- DO NOT DRINK COLD WATER
Drinking very cold water after a meal is not healthy because it causes the food to clump together, and that is not good for digestion. Drinking hot or warm water is advised.
- DO NOT WORK OUT
If you must work out to keep fit, do it before, not after you eat. Hitting the gym to work out after a meal would have a negative effect on you, and can result in vomiting, and nausea.
- AVOID DANCING
Dancing involves moving the body usually in an intense manner, and that isn’t something you should do after a meal, as that would only make it difficult for your body to absorb the nutrients of the food properly. After eating, wait for a while before dancing.
- DO NOT GO TO SLEEP OR LIE DOWN AFTER A MEAL
Lying down after a meal only puts a lot of pressure on the diaphragm due to the fact that there’s still food in the stomach, and that may lead to snoring or sleep Apnea.
Also, due to the body posture, some acidic digestive juices from the stomach flow back into the esophagus, and burns the inner layer…and it could lead to obesity too, so try to always stay up for a bit after a meal before going to sleep.
- DO NOT SMOKE
It’s bad enough to smoke at all, and doing it after a meal is even worse. Smoking just one stick of cigarette after a meal is like smoking ten, and that would increase your chances of getting cancer, irritable bowel syndrome, emphysema, etc. It also isn’t good for your colon.
- AVOID TEA/COFFEE
Taking tea or coffee after a meal isn’t good for you because they contain substances that can absorb the essence of your food. Polyphenols and tannins found in tea/coffee can inhibit iron absorption by binding the iron in the foods, which can lead to iron deficiency or anemia. Tea/coffee also has high acidic content which will cause the protein in the food to be hardened and make it difficult to digest.
- DO NOT RUSH OFF TO THE SHOWER
Bathing in hot or warm water after a meal is not such a good thing because the stomach often requires a good amount of blood for digestion to properly take place. A warm bath reduces the amount of blood available to the stomach because it raises the temperature of our body, and in order to cool the body there is more blood flow near the skin to allow the heat to be released. it’s better to wait for at least half an hour before getting a bath after eating.
- DO NOT TAKE A WALK
It’s good to take a walk after eating but it’s important to be conscious of how early you do it. Taking a walk less than half an hour after eating may result in indigestion and stomach upsets.
Now that you’ve seen what not to do after eating, try to live by them to maintain a long, healthy life.