After having had a satisfying meal, many of us just want to lie down for the rest of the night and watch a movie or TV show. But little do we know, that this is really one of the worst things we can do after eating. Little bad habits like this can get in the way of reaching our healthiest potential. Keep reading to know 5 things that are not recommended after eating if you want to have optimal well-being.
5 things you should never do after eating
Going to sleep right after eating causes your stomach to have heartburn during the night , which causes discomfort, swelling and strange sleep patterns. One study found that people who waited longer after eating to go to bed were less likely to have a stroke. With this in mind, the general rule is to eat at least 3 hours before bedtime.
Unfortunately for some people, it’s very difficult to stop smoking. While it is probably one of the most damaging things you can do to your lungs, at least wait a few hours after eating if you are going to do it. This is because the nicotine in cigarettes joins the excess oxygen that is needed in digestion, and this allows your body to absorb more carcinogens than normal.
According to scientists, smoking just after a meal is the same as smoking ten cigarettes at a time. It also increases the risk of bowel and lung cancer.
When we shower, our body increases blood flow to reach the hands, legs and body, which decreases the amount of blood flow to the stomach. Showering after eating weakens the digestive system , causing it to become inefficient, which can cause stomach pains.
4. Eat fruits
You probably thought you could eat fruit at any time, right? Well, it’s actually better to eat fruit on an empty stomach. This is because fruits require different enzymes to digest, and simple sugars in fruits need time to be completely absorbed by the body.
With nothing in your stomach other than good fruit, you will benefit from all the nutrients, fibers and simple sugars. If you wait until near or after a meal, the fruit stays in the stomach for an extended period and rots in the intestine. This can cause indigestion, heartburn, bloating, belching and other discomfort.
5. Drinking tea
Drinking tea just after a meal interferes with the absorption of iron. Tannic acid in tea binds with protein and iron in our food, preventing our bodies from reaping the benefits of digesting them. This results in an 87% decrease in iron absorption!
The next time you eat, make a mental note of the time and be sure to leave some space between rest, eating fruit, drinking tea or taking a shower. And also, stop smoking.