Did you know that what we do after having our meal is as important as what we eat? Here are 7 things that you should avoid right after meal.
Don’t eat fruits. Eating fruit just after meal fills your stomach with air, which is not healthy. Eat your fruit 1 hour before or after your meal.
Don’t smoke. There is no doubt that smoking is harmful to your health, but you double the risk of cancer when you smoke right after meal. It is said that one single cigarette after meal equals 10 cigarettes.
A cigarette contains as many as 60 carcinogens (elements that cause cancer) along with other sickening ingredients like nicotine, tar etc. Along with emphysema (a lung disease that causes shortness of breath) and cancer there are other risks involved with smoking but there is no direct evidence to ascertain the effect of ‘after-meals- smoking’ on your health.
Don’t drink tea. It is a typical Turkish habit to drink tea right after meal, but it’s definitely not healthy. Tea leaves contain acid, which causes us to digest proteins slower and later and not to get benefit from vitamins wehave in our meal. To give an example, if you eat iron rich foods, you can’t get benefits from them when you drink tea after it as tea limits the amount of iron minerals your body gains. Especially those with anemia should avoid tea after meal. The best time for tea is at least one hour after meal.
Don’t have a walk. Walking right after meal makes it harder to digest food sources you get in your meal. Namely, it destroys nutritional value of your meal. It is better to walk or do any kind of sport at least one hour later.
Don’t take a shower. Shower speeds up the flow of blood in body, especially in hands and legs, so the amount of blood surrounding stomach reduces, which weakens digestion. This might also cause heart problems.
Don’t sleep. This effects digestion system badly and causes stomach and intestines problems. Also you gain weight if you sleep right after meal.
Loosening the belt after meals is not particularly bad for you!
We generally have an attitude that a good meal is that which forces us to loosen our belts. However, loosening the belt is bad, not because it causes the intestines to twist or block but because it means that you have over eaten to a level that you are uncomfortable with the belt becoming a noose. Loosening of the belt may also cause you to feel comfortable once again which means you may continue overeating.
Loosening your belt is basically relaxing your abdominal muscles which means having a bulging belly in the long run. Instead if you tuck in your stomach, you contract your abdominal muscles and are training them to be taut and firm. So eat only to the extent that you can be comfortable without loosening your belt!