People usually lie down or sit comfortably in a chair after having dinner, but this is a big mistake you should never make after eating.
According to experts, these habits are highly dangerous and can put your health at risk. As much as we love indulging in a nice nap after a meal, it's actually a really bad habit!
After having a dinner, many people tend to lie down and watch a movie or just chill. So, if you are one of those who have this terrible habit, you should know that this can have a negative effect on your health.
Smoking is bad enough, but after a meal, it’s ten times the killer. Yep, that’s right! smoking right after a meal is very bad and if you must do it, you should wait for at least a couple of hours after the meal. Cigarette contain nicotine, a substance that binds to oxygen your body desperately needs for digestion, which makes your body absorb carcinogens. According to several studies, smoking a cigarette after a meal has the same effect as smoking 10 cigarettes at once, and increases your risk of bowel and lung cancer significantly as well.
2.Never go to bed after a meal
Lying down for a nap or sleeping after a meal is the favourite thing of millions of people, but this habit is not healthy at all. When we lie down some digestive juices from your stomach flow back to the oesophagus because of gravitational force, due to its acidic nature it can burn the inner layer of the oesophagus causing acid reflux.
3.Never rush to shower after a meal
Waiting 30 minutes after a meal in order to take a shower is the best suggestion one could give on this topic. Digestion needs a lot of energy and blood flow in our body. But when we take a warm water shower, blood flows towards your skin to release off the heat, thus making it difficult to digest.
Teas are healthy, but shouldn’t be consumed after a meal. Drinking tea after having a meal can interfere with the iron absorption in your body as tea contains tannic acid which binds to the iron and protein from our food. This can result in 87% decrease in iron absorption and even iron deficiency, which can lead to anemia, dizziness, weakness and fatigue
5.Eat your fruits before not after a meal
Fruits are recommended by almost everyone, be it some expert dietician, or just some inexperienced house-wife. But few of them know that fruits just after any meal can be harmful, and thus neglect to mention it to you. Fruits are the easiest to digest, and just take 20 minutes to travel from your stomach to intestines, where they are finally digested (bananas and dates being the two exceptions). So when you eat a fruit after a meal, it gets stuck with the food, thus not travelling in time to the intestines, and getting spoiled as a result, thus spoiling food too.
6.Avoid cold water after a meal
The reason is very simple. Ice water does not let the food digest properly because it causes clumping of food. Hot warm water helps absorbs nutrients better.