It is fair to say that majority of people love food. We like fast food, we like comfort food, we love desserts and yes, some people even love healthy food. Food is how we survive but overabundance of it is how our bodies slowly die. We all have heard the fact about how many calories comes in hat is how many have to come out. If you do o burn the calories you have consumed it will be stored as fat. If you burn more than you have ingested you will be seeing a drop in numbers on the scale. Good, we all understand that. Today, I will tell you a few simple facts that will help you keep your weight in check, make sure that those unwanted pounds do not creep in on you or your thighs and you say “goodbye” to heartburn or indigestion.
Bellow, you will find facts that scientist have found to be true and may surprise many of you, it sure have surprised me.
# 1 Fruit
How often do you hear yourself think “I want something sweet now!”? And most of the time people think that choosing a fruit is a good alternative to high calorie desserts. It has vitamins, it is relatively low in sugar, it is natural and it can help to digest food. How bad can it be? All true, fruit is a great food by itself but if eaten right after a big meal it can actually disrupt the digestive processes in our body.
Focus from digesting the food eaten is shifted to immediately digest the fruit that came in last (different enzymes are used to digest fruit) and so the first food to reach our stomachs stays undigested and it will rot and ferment in the gut.
If you are like most people, you have a glass of water or a can of soda or maybe a glass of milk next to the plate of food you eat as a meal. Doesn’t it feel great to wash down your food with a cold glass or water? It does but what we do not know is that will disrupt the natural digestive processes in the stomach by diluting the gastric juices. As a result, he process of digestion takes much longer and the quality decreases too.
As a result of these processes is much longer and the quality decreases. For the best uninterrupted process of digestion, doctors recommend that we drink water or any liquid of choice 30 -40 minutes before the meal.
#3 Rest and Sleep
Don’t you just love crashing on the couch or a comfy chair right after a delicious comforting meal? All I want to do is take a nice and quiet nap. Not so fast! Research has shown that laying down or going to sleep right after the meal can cause some serious digestive problems: heartburn, indigestion and upset stomach. During sleep our system shuts off to rest, so does the digestive system. To prevent the food rotting in your system make sure to eat your last meal at least 2 hours prior to your bedtime. It would be even better if you took a short 15 minute walk right after the meal or before going to bed.
I will not try to remind you how bad smoking is in general. But one thing I will is how bad it is to do it right after the meal. I know many of you will say “Oh, but that is when it feels the most satisfying!”. Let me tell you that smoking right after a meal is worse and more damaging to your body than smoking any other time of the day. Instead of digesting the food, bodies priority shifts to protecting the blood cells and ridding of toxins from the brain.
Doctors have spent many hours proving that smoking after a meal is the equivalent of smoking 10 cigarettes at once. Smoking right after a meal can increase the risk of bowel cancer.
#5 Bath, Shower or a Pool
When we enjoy a hot bath, shower or simply want to do laps in the pool our blood flow to the extremities and all other surfaces of the body and your stomach increases therefore it distracts your body from doing what it is meant to do first – digest the food.
Go to the pool after a meal, or go to the shower or taking a bath should not be. This is due to the fact that during water treatment increases blood flow to the extremities and all surfaces of the body, respectively, the blood flow around your stomach is reduced. It turns out that you dip your distract the body from digesting food.
As you can see disrupting the natural process of digestion can be easily avoided if you can simply relax for about 20-30 minutes after a meal. Talk to your family members, read a book or simply take a nice refreshing 15 minute walk. If you follow these simple rules your stomach should work like a well oiled machine and heartburn or stomach pains should be soon forgotten.