It’s normal to have certain routines or habits that you engage in after you eat, all of us do it, but there are some things that you want to avoid just after you’ve fueled up. Some things that you may do after eating can have an adverse effect on your health, and you want to avoid these behaviors.

Here are 5 things to avoid after eating:

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#1. Lighting up

Smoking in general is an unhealthy and dangerous habit, but many people do it. If you’re a smoker, then you know that when you finish your meal, the first thing you want to do is smoke a cigarette, but you need to practice self-control.

Smoking immediately after eating can cause or worsen symptoms from irritable bowel syndrome and even prompt more serious issues like ulcerative colitis.

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#2. Enjoying fruit

Fruit contains very specific elements that require breaking down by special digestive enzymes. It takes a significant amount of time for fruit to be properly digested and broken down. When you eat fruit after a meal, you are likely to experience heartburn, acid reflux, and find yourself burping a lot.

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Opt to eat your fruit before your meal so that you can avoid discomfort and reap the nutritional benefits your fruit has to offer.

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#3. Getting too comfortable

Resist the very big temptation to lie down and drift off after a large meal. Even though it truly seems and feels like the best and most logical course action, it is a bad choice. When you nap or relax too much right after eating, you are setting yourself up to feel extremely bloated and heavy later on.

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#4. Taking a bath

When you shower or bathe, the blood flow in many areas of your body is greatly improved, the one area for which that is not true is your stomach. Actually, if you shower or take a bath right after eating, your food will not be digested properly and that will lead to other discomfort and issues.

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#5. Sipping tea

Sometimes you add certain foods to your diet because they provide you with nutrients that your body needs to maintain its proper balance. Iron is a common mineral that people actively try to add to their diets. Drinking tea directly after you’ve eaten, will reduce and block the absorption of iron into your body.

If you find yourself engaging in any of these after-meal habits on a regular basis, it’s time to make a change for your better health.

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The BetterMe Team wants you and those close to you to live a healthy, happy life! Your health is a valuable thing; look after your body and your mind so that you can live your life to the fullest – Remember you only get one!

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