Thursday, 18 July 2013

5 Things Not To Do After Eating

There are a whole lot of suggestions surrounding what to eat and what not to eat immediately after your meals. Whilst some of these suggestions are true, the rest are just myths. Let us bust a few myths and present a few facts by listing down five things you should not do after you have had a meal.

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1. Do Not Have Tea:
Whilst tea has its own benefits, when it comes to diffusing cardiovascular diseases, the polyphenols in tea makes it difficult for your body to absorb the iron from your food. The acid content in tea also interferes with the proteins in the food. This is the reason it is recommended not to drink tea immediately after a meal

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2. Do not take a Bath or Shower:
To digest your food properly, you need the blood flow to be stimulated towards stomach. Bathing does exactly the opposite. It diverts the blood flow towards your hands and feet. This affects the digestion of the food and can further lead to more health issues. Experts recommend that you wait for around half an hour before you take a shower after having meal.

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3. Do Not Sleep:
Gravity plays its part here. As soon as you lie down, the digestive juices start flowing away from the stomach, and this can cause intestinal inflammation. This is the reason why people feel a burning sensation in their mouth if they sleep immediately after a heavy meal. By sleeping after eating, you are only putting additional pressure on your diaphragm

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4. Do Not Go For a Walk:
Get rid of the age-old belief that walking immediately after the meal helps in better digestion. Walking indeed helps in burning energy but doing it as soon as you finish your meals only leads to acid reflux and prevents digestive juices from absorbing the nutrients of the food.

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5. Do Not Eat Fruits:
There is no dearth of benefits of fruits for your body. The fact that they contain absorbable sugars makes them ideal to be consumed at any time of the day, except immediately after finishing your meal. Fruits delay the time food takes to reach your intestines. So, avoid them right after a meal. Apart from afore-mentioned points, there are a few more ‘instructions’ flying around. But there is more fiction to them rather than fact. Eat right and live

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