Many people enjoy laying down or watching a movie after having a large meal. However, these habits can be extremely harmful and can even damage your overall health. We have prepared a list of 5 thins you must never do after having a meal.
Many people are aware that smoking is extremely harmful to their health and yet they still continue with this terrible habit, and they even do it right after having a meal. It is very important to wait a few hours after having a meal and then smoke a cigarette because cigarettes contain nicotine which can bind to the excess oxygen essential for digestion, thus allowing the body to absorb more carcinogens than usual. According to some studies, smoking right after a meal is equal to smoking 10 cigarettes at once. In addition, this can increase your risk of lung and bowel cancer.
Fruits should be consumed before meals, on an empty stomach because they need different enzymes to be properly digested. They also contain sugar which needs more time to be absorbed completely. You will get most of the nutrients in fruits if you consume them on an empty stomach. And if you eat them after meals you can only cause health issues such as indigestion, heartburn and burping.
If you go to bed right after having a meal, it is more likely to experience discomfort, bloating and other sleeping patterns because this can cause your stomach to burn during the night. The University of Ioannina Medical School conducted a study which proved that people who waited a longer period of time to go to bed after having a meal, had less risk of experiencing a stroke. So, make sure not to eat at least a few hours before going to sleep.
After you eat a meal your stomach needs a larger supply of blood to digest the food properly. If you shower right after eating that blood flow will be redirected to your hands and legs which can weaken your digestive system thus lead to stomach pain.
Drinking tea after a meal disrupts the absorption of iron because it contains tannic acid that binds with the protein and iron from the food we eat. It can lead to 87% decrease of iron absorption which can result with anemia, poor appetite, dizziness, chest pain, weakness and severe fatigue.