Top Habits You Should Avoid After Eating

Do you know that we are not supposed to drink water immediately after our meals? Strange right? Aside that, there are many other post-meal habits we take as normal and we engage in them without realizing that they are not healthy habits. A lot of people are guilty of one or more. These habits should be noted and avoided the best way we can for a safer health. Here are the ones topping the list:

1. Smoking: Do you know that smoking right after eating can equal to smoking ten cigarettes at one go? Scientists warn that smoking cigarette immediately after a meal increases the risk of lung and bowel cancer and smoking after meals also slows down your metabolism. Avoid this habit so you dont go down with lung or bowel cancer. If you must smoke, smoking can wait until your food is well digested i.e hours after you ate your food.

2. Drinking tea: Drinking tea right after eating can interfere with the iron absorption in your body. Scientists also found that consuming tea during meals decreases the availability of catechins to the body  compounds that are present in tea and play a vital role in various physiological profiles. Avoid taking tea after your meals. Instead, take it hours before the meal or after it.

3. Eating fruits: Eating fruit after a meal can cause indigestion, heartburn and burping, also, getting into the habit of eating something after a meal will put you at a higher risk of weight gain and a fruit has an average of three times the calorie count of most vegetables. Trust me, you don't need this. Take your fruits before the meals instead. Keep it for later if you have started eating when you got it.

4. Sleeping: If you sleep right after your meal, you can be more likely to experience discomfort and bloating, according to research, lying down disturbs the digestion process and causes acid reflux. 

Go for an hour or more before hitting your bed after eating. If you have nothing to do, pick a book to read and allow your food to digest before going to bed.
5. Taking a shower: You need the blood flow to be stimulated towards the stomach for proper digestion of food, taking a shower right after meals diverts the blood flow towards your legs and hands and this affects digestion. I must confess I do this a lot but I stopped when I learnt that its unhealthy. Take a break after your meal before heading to the shower. Or even shower before you eat if you don't have much time.

There are other general unhealthy habits we involve ourselves in like eating before hitting the gym or other sport, eating before crashing in front of the computer i.e working, tightly putting on your belt after eating, etc. the most important to remember is that your health is paramount here and should not be toyed with. 
Give yourself breaks each time you finish eating before going ahead to do other things! Your food need to digest before you do anything else so try to make that a priority always.


  1. Wow... Guilty as charged!! Lol!

  2. Wow I never knew, thanks for all the great info!



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