I love food, and I mean love it! I’ve eaten myself into a food coma more times than I should probably admit but that’s just how much I love some good food. And I know that I’ll regret it after I’ve eaten it and I’m too bloated to fit into my jeans, but when I’m presented with a full english breakfast or a burger with every ingredient imaginable stuffed between the buns, what am I supposed to do? Turn it down? You know that’s not going to happen!
But what if I told you that there are some things you absolutely shouldn’t do after you’ve just eaten your fill? I mean, we all know that we shouldn’t go swimming for an hour after we’ve eaten, but there are five other things that should be an absolute no no after you’ve eaten. Today we’re going to be looking at these five post-meal time activities that you should definitely avoid if you want to avoid problems with your digestive system. So pull up a chair and let’s get started, shall we?
1. Eating fruit
Fruit is wonderful, it’s good for you and it’s one of the healthiest snacks around, but eating fruit after you’ve eaten a meal can be problematic for your body. Although fruit is full of healthy vitamins and minerals, the high calorie count can mean that eating more than half a cup of fruit every day can cause you to gain weight. Also, snacking on fruit after you’ve eaten can interfere with your body’s signals that tell you you’re full, meaning that you won’t know when your body wants you to stop eating, making it easier to overeat.
2. Taking a shower
Sometimes you eat your food and think that you could really use a shower to freshen yourself up after all that eating. But your post meal shower could be more problematic than you think. When you’re digesting, your stomach and intestines need blood flow to keep the digestive system running smoothly. If you take a shower, blood flow to your other extremities, like your arms and legs, will increase, meaning that there’s less blood flow to your digestive system.
3. Lying down
If you’ve just gorged yourself on a huge meal, then you’re probably going to want to have a lie down, or maybe even a sneaky nap right away afterwards. What can I say? There’s just something about eating a bit too much that makes us sleepy! But lying down after you’ve eaten can cause bloating, intestinal discomfort and even heartburn! Researchers at the University of Ioannina Medical School have even performed studies that showed that people who wait for longer after a meal before lying down have a lower risk of having a stroke. Do yourself a favour and wait for a few hours after you’ve eaten before getting some shut eye.
Some people like to follow up a good meal with a nice long walk, believing that getting active can help them to digest the meal they’ve just eaten. The truth of the matter is that going for a walk after you’ve eaten can lead to indigestion and acid reflux, leaving you with painful and irritating heartburn. Researchers have said that if you really want to take a walk after your meal, you should wait for at least thirty minutes after you’ve finished eating and then not walk for more than ten minutes. So if you’re going walking, make it a short one!
5. Drinking tea
If you’re a tea lover, a nice cup of tea might be the first thing you reach for after you’ve had a meal… along with the dessert of course! Unfortunately for our tea drinkers though, a cup of tea may be one of the worst things you can drink after you’ve eaten. This is because tea contains something called tannin, which can interfere with iron absorption, having the potential to cause an iron deficiency. Doctors say that you should avoid drinking tea for one hour before and one hour after you eat a meal, to ensure you absorb enough iron from your food.
What do you think of our list of five things you should never do after eating? Are you guilty of doing any of the things on our list after you’ve eaten? Are you thinking about changing your ways now that you know the kind of trouble these things can cause? Let us know what you think in the comments and don’t forget to share this article with your family and friends!