We do many things wrongly in our daily life, and below are some of those which we follow daily thinking they are correct. But these habits need to be changed as it affects the health directly.
1. Eating fruits immediately after meals
Eating fruits is recommended by almost everyone. But among all those who tell you to eat fruits, few speak about the right time to eat them. Fruits actually are the easiest to digest; they contain simple sugars. Most fruits except bananas and dates pass through the stomach into the intestine within 20 minutes of eating. It is in the intestines that they are broken down.When you eat your fruits with meals, the fruit is stuck in the stomach along with the contents of the meals and cannot reach the intestines in time. Lying there they get spoilt and spoil the remaining food in the stomach too. Thus it is recommended that you eat a fruit not sooner than one hour after eating a meal or before your meal and preferably in the morning on an empty stomach. It is in the morning that the body can best use the nutrients in the fruit and get the energy to start the day.
2. Smoking after meals
Cigarettes are harmful for you not just after your meal but before the meal too. A cigarette contains as many as 60 carcinogens, which are the elements that cause cancer. It also contains nicotine and tar. Smoking a cigarette right after your meal is equivalent to smoking 10 cigarettes which increases the risk of cancer. Cigarette also causes lung cancer, emphysema, and many more.
3. Tea after having a meal
This habit is not good, although many people are practicing this habit. Tea caffeine as the main ingredient binds to iron and slows digestion, which can be very bad for anemic people. Anemic people should not drink tea at least one hour after eating.
4. Loosening the belt after meals
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!
5. Don’t Take a Walk
6. An immediate after meal nap
Activity after eating
7. Swimming after eating
“Don’t walk after meals, don’t even think about smoking after eating and there will be no more cups of tea after dinner!”
This is what you hear your wife/husband/friend/mother say after reading the famously circulated mail about 7 things not to do after meals. We investigate each of them to find whether it is fact or fiction.