Many people all over the world have the habit to lay down after having a dinner and to watch a great movie or TV show. However, this is a terrible habit and there are more like this one which get in the way of reaching our healthiest potential.
In this article, we will present you 5 things you should never do after having dinner or lunch:
Even though people are aware of the fact that smoking is very harmful for their overall health, they still continue smoking and they even do it right after having a meal. Instead of doing that, wait a couple of hours after eating and then smoke a cigarette because they contain nicotine which binds to the excess oxygen that is necessary in digestion, thus allowing your body to absorb more carcinogens than normal. There are some studies which have discovered that smoking right after a meal is the same as smoking ten cigarettes at once. Moreover, this also increases the risk of bowel and lung cancer.
Going to sleep right after you eat causes discomfort, bloating, and odd sleeping patterns. A study at the University of Ioannina Medical School found that people who waited the longest after eating to go to bed were less likely to have a stroke. Having this in mind, try not to eat at least a few hours before bed.
- Eat Fruit
The best time for consuming fruit is before a meal, on an empty stomach due to the fact that fruits require different enzymes in order to digest. Also, the sugars contained in fruit need more time so they can be completely absorbed. You will also obtain the best benefits from all the nutrients, fiber and other sugars when your stomach is empty. Eating fruit after a meal, on the other hand, can cause heartburn, indigestion, and burping.
When we shower, our blood flow increases thus reaching our hands, legs, and body. On the other hand ,the amount of blood flow to our stomach decreases. This weakens the digestive system, causing it to become inefficient, which can cause stomach pains.
- Drink Tea
Make sure to avoid drinking tea right after having dinner because it interferes with the absorption of iron. Our body is prevented from reaping the benefits from the fruit because the tannic acid in the tea binds with protein and iron in our food. According to the statistics, this results in 87% decrease in iron absorption. Lack of iron in our body can lead to anemia, which is a deficiency of red blood cells In the blood, thus causing chest pain, cold hands and feet, brittle nails, poor appetite, pale skin, extreme fatigue, weakness and dizziness.
As you can see, some things should not be consumed right after having a meal, so the next time you want to eat or do something after a meal, make a mental note of the time and leave some space in between lying down, eating fruit, drinking tea, or showering. When it comes to smoking, just make sure to get rid of this bad habit once and for all.