Did you know there are some things you do after meals that are not healthy for you? This article will direct you to five things you probably should not be doing after a heavy meal. After eating, you need to allow your body to focus on digestion otherwise, you might end up with stomach and gut issues as well as a host of other conditions that stem from chronic indigestion. Although those might seem to be healthy, they have negative effects on digestion and absorption of nutrients. Below are 5 things you shouldn’t do right after a heavy meal.
1. Fruits and Vegetables
Eating fruits and vegetables might seem like a healthy way to cleanse your palate after a meal but their fibre content could get in the way of proper digestion. If you’re eating them on top of a meal additionally, many fruits are filled with fructose, which could cause bloating if eaten when the stomach is already full.
Many people go for a walk right after having a meal, especially at night because they think it'll help boost their metabolism or speed up their digestion. But the problem with this is it puts you at a higher risk of indigestion, acid reflux and digestive distress. Strenuous exercise has even worse effects. The best thing to do is wait at least an hour after eating before engaging in any physical activity to make sure it does not affect your digestion.
3. Take a Shower
Taking a shower immediately after eating might not seem like a bad idea. It might not even look like those two activities have anything to do with each other but when you shower, your blood flow focuses on controlling the temperature of your skin, instead of concentrating all of its energy on digesting food efficiently. That's why it's always best to wait at least 30 minutes after eating before you jump into the shower.
4. Drink Cold Water
There’s a lot of conflicting opinions about drinking water with and after meals. While some say it could help flush out toxins, others believe it could dilute stomach enzymes and could make them less effective. Coldwater might especially be detrimental because the body uses additional energy to warm it up to internal body temperature, which could have been used to aid digestion.
5. Lie Down
After a heavy meal, this is the first thing that mostly comes to mind but lying down after eating can cause serious harm. Your digestive juices could flow into your oesophagus and cause it to burn or become inflamed. That’ll also divert gastric juices from your stomach and cause indigestion.
Since indigestion is the cause of most sicknesses, avoiding any of these acts after eating may lead you into the land of ultimate health.
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