After eating a tasty meal, number of people have a tendency to lay down or smoke a cigarette (smokers kryptonite) without knowing that this is a terrible habit which and can be extremely harmful to their health.
Here’s a list of 5 things that you should never do after having a meal:
No matter how satisfying a good smoke after an even better meal may seem, your body needs to digest properly after eating. If you go ahead and smoke right after, the nicotine binds to the excess oxygen that is required in digestion, allowing your body to absorb more carcinogens than usual.
2. Eat Fruit
Since fruits require different enzymes to digest, it’s best to eat fruit on an empty stomach to allow maximum absorption. Also, the sugars contained in fruit need more time so they can be completely absorbed. Do not forget to mention that you will obtain the best benefits from all the nutrients, fiber and other sugars when your stomach is empty. Eating fruit after a meal, on the other hand, can cause heartburn, indigestion, 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. Resist the temptation for at least a few hours.
When you take a shower, your body adjusts the blood flow to reach your skin more quickly to compensate for the change in temperature. This means that there’s less blood available to help you digest your food, which can slow the process or render it inefficient.
5. Drink Tea
Even though this habit is applied by most people, it isn’t good at all. Tea contains tannic acid – the main ingredient in tea binds with iron and makes digestion difficult, which can be bad for anemic people who should drink it at least one hour before eating.
There are certain things that you must avoid right after having a meal, no matter the temptation. Make sure to make a mental note of the time and leave some space in between eating fruit, drinking tea, or having a cigarette.