After having a meal, people have different habits – some lay down for a while, some smoke a cigarette, while others eat fruit. However, some of these habits are not only unhealthy – they can seriously harm your health as well. Here are the 5 things you shouldn’t do after eating:

  1. Eat fruit

Fruits are best consumed before a meal, not after. Fruits require special enzymes in order to be digested, and the sugars present in them may take a while to be fully absorbed. Eating fruits before your meals will also help you completely absorb their nutrients, while eating them after a meal can cause a host of digestive problems.

  1. Smoke

Smoking is bad on its own, but it’s especially bad after a meal. You may smoke a cigarette a couple of hours after a meal as it contains nicotine which binds to excess oxygen your body needs for digestion. According to studies, smoking after a meal is equal to smoking 10 cigarettes at once and significantly increases the risk of bowel and lung cancer.

  1. Sleep

Sleeping right after a meal may cause bloating, indigestion and irregular sleeping patterns. According to a study conducted by the University of Ioannina Medical School, people who wait a longer time to go to bed after a meal have a significantly lower risk of stroke. This is why it’s important to avoid going to bed for at least 2 hours after a meal.

  1. Shower

Showering after a meal increases the blood flow to your limbs while reducing the blood flow in the stomach. This will weaken your digestion and cause stomach pain.

  1. Drink tea

Drinking tea after a meal can disrupt the iron absorption in the body. Tea contains tannic acid which binds with iron and protein from food, which results in 87% decrease in the absorption of iron. Iron deficiency is a serious health problem that can cause poor appetite, cold feet and hands, weakness, dizziness, fatigue and pale skin.

As you can see, eating fruit or lying down after a meal are not so innocent after all. Change these habits immediately in order to live a healthier life.