People usually lie down or sit comfortably in a chair after having dinner, but this is a big mistake you should never make. According to experts, these habits are highly dangerous and can put your health at risk. Here are the 5 things you should never do after eating:
If you’re a smoker, you know how powerful is the desire for a cigarette after a meal. However, 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. Cigarettes 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.
- Eating fruit
Consuming fruit should be done before a meal, not afterward. Fruits require special enzymes to be digested, and the natural sugars in them need more time to be absorbed. Furthermore, eating fruit after a meal can cause digestive problems such as indigestion, heartburn, and burping. On the other hand, eating fruit before meals will help your body benefit from all the nutrients, fiber and sugars.
Lying down for a nap or sleeping after a meal is the favorite thing of millions of people, but this habit is not healthy at all -it might cause discomfort and bloating besides disrupting your sleeping patterns. According to a study conducted by the University of Ioannina Medical School, people who wait for longer to go to bed after a meal have less chances of getting a stroke. This is why it’s important not to go to bed for at least 2 hours after your meals.
Showering after a meal is one of the worst things you can do. A hot shower will increase the blood flow to your limbs and reduce the blood flow to your stomach, thus negatively affecting your digestion.
- Drinking tea
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.
We’re sure you didn’t think these habits were harmful, but science says otherwise. If you want to keep your body healthy and properly functioning, you need to avoid them from now on.