If you want to improve your health and avoid unnecessary fat (obesity), try to wait at least half an hour to one hour before you do the following nine things after a meal:
1. It Is Not A Good Idea To “Stroll” After A Meal
Conducting a walk directly after eating will, instead of prolonging your life, cut it short due to indigestion and stomach disorders. It can also result in acid reflux (gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
2. Never Rush To The Shower After A Meal
When you eat, the stomach requires a good amount of blood for the digestion process to properly occur. But a warm bath reduces the amount of blood available to the stomach because it raises the temperature of our body and in order to cool the body there is more blood flow near the skin to allow the heat to be released.
3. 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 absorb nutrients better.
4. Eat Your Fruits Before, Not After A Meal
Most fruits contain simple sugars hence; they are easily digested and are broken down in the intestine. Fruits reach the intestines faster than food; eating them within an hour after a meal will make them get stuck in the stomach for longer periods and as such nullifying the fruits nutritional value.
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5. Never Drink Tea Or Coffee Immediately After A Meal
Tea/coffee contains substances that can absorb the essence of your food. Polyphenols and tannins found in tea/coffee can inhibit iron absorption by binding the iron in the foods, which can lead to an iron deficiency or anaemia. Tea/coffee also has a high acidic content which will cause the protein in the food to be hardened and so, difficult to digest. So, drink your tea at least 1 hour after the meal.
6. Never Smoke After A Meal
A stick of cigarette contains sickening ingredients like nicotine, hydrogen cyanide, carbon monoxide, tar, ammonia and as many as 60 carcinogens. Smoking a cigarette after your meal is equivalent to smoking 10 cigarettes, which aggravates the symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS); increases the hazard of lung cancer, emphysema, ulcerative colitis etc.
7. Never Dance Immediately After Eating
Moving or dancing too much after your meal will make it hard to ingest the foods in the bowel.
8. Never Go To Bed Immediately After A Meal
This is certainly not good for health because as you lie down, there is excessive pressure put on the diaphragm because of the food that is still in the stomach this causes snoring and even sleep Apnea.
9. Lastly, Never Go To The Gym (Exercise) After A Meal
Equally in the case with dancing (as noted above), it may result in vomiting, puffiness, nausea, and so on