Many of us practice some habits after a meal. Some of them are healthy, but some of them aren’t that much. Scientists have compiled a list of seven bad habits that majority practice. Here is the list and reasons why you should change your habits:
1. Smoking: This habit is more harmful than you think. Just one cigarette after a meal has an effect as if you burned the digestive system. Smoking particularly affects the irritation of the intestines. Also, the nicotine binds with oxygen in the blood system.
2. Eating Fruits: Fruits are quickly digested. If you eat fruits immediately after a meal, it will remain in the body for a longer period of time due to the previous amount of food. It is so long retained in the stomach that starts to rot and release toxins. Fruits should be eaten on an empty stomach or two hours after a meal.
3. Drinking tea or coffee: The caffeine in tea called Tein, which is the main ingredient of tea, binds iron decreasing its absorption. This habit can be bad for anemic people. The digestion is slower because the caffeine needs to dissolve first. Avoid tea or coffee at least an hour after eating.
4. Swimming: Water stimulates and improves blood circulation in the body. However, after a meal the blood flows to our stomach, where digestion takes place. Because of that, the blood gets busy by absorbing nutrients and would leave the limbs so devoid of blood that they would unable to function normally.
5. Don’t loosen your belt: Loosening the belt is a bad habit because it means that you have over eaten to a level that you are uncomfortable. By doing this, you may continue overeating without noticing.
6. Physical activity: While everyone thinks that physical activity after eating is good, the truth is different. Training hinders the digestive system. Eating before working out can make you feel sluggish. This can lead to stomach discomfort.
7. Sleeping: This is the most common habit among people. Our bodies are made to digest food in an upright position, so lying down after eating slows our digestion. Sleeping makes easier for your stomach acid to come up, which may cause many digestive issues.