MYTH OR FACTS

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One of the most complex things I personally come across in life is practicing a healthy balance diet and I bet many of will agree. Those tempting platter of mouthwatering dishes served in restaurants, fast food chains and even right in our own home on special occasions are simply irresistible. Not only that... With our busy schedules or just by being so sluggish at times, we opt for ready to fry or some instant foods instead of preparing a healthy one.

Early last night while watching the regular evening news on TV, a healthy tips on what NOT to be done after meal was featured. Curiosity agitated me upon knowing that what I am doing after eating turned out to be a big "NO"!

Well here's what Dr. Philip S. Chua M.D. says on the myth and facts of the reported 7 DON'Ts AFTER MEAL.

  • DON'T SMOKE - fact: the bad effect of smoking cigarette becomes ten times worse. The natural bodily absorption rate following a meal is heightened, magnifying the ill-effects of tobacco (nicotine) on our system.
  • DON'T EAT FRUITS IMMEDIATELY - myth: this will cause the stomach to bloat with air. This is not true. Fruits improve our digestion. However, there are people who have some degree of intolerance to fruits (fructose intolerance), who will have the sense of bloating after ingestion of fruits. In general, eating fruits right after a meal is good and well-tolerated by the body.
  • DON'T DRINK TEA - fact: it is high in tannic acid and would harden the protein and make it difficult to digest...But the rest of the statement is false. Tea, as a matter of fact, improves our digestion. It is a tonic that invigorates the brain, speeds up the circulation, and makes the stomach digest food easier.
  • DON'T LOOSEN YOUR BELT - this will cause your intestines to twist and get blocked up. The first part of the statement is a sound advice, but not for the reason given. Not loosening your belt after a meal makes you more conscious that your stomach is full enough, so you do not overeat. Also, the "normal tightness" of the belt provides one a natural "suck-in-the-abdomen technic" of controlling your waistline. It has been shown that sucking in the abdomen does help prevent "bulging waistlines," since sucking in the belly is nothing but an exercise to contract the muscles of the abdomen. The part about intestinal twisting and obstruction is false.
  • DON'T BATHE AFTER MEAL - myth: this will weaken the digestion. While taking a bath (especially a warm one) will divert some blood from the stomach to the skin, taking a bath after a meal will not significantly impair digestion. The general rule is: after a meal, do not do strenuous activities that will divert a lot of the blood away from the stomach, which needs "enough" blood for digestion. What's enough for one person may be different from another individual's physiologic need.
  • DON'T WALK AFTER MEAL - myth: the digestive system will be unable to absorb the food. Walking or strolling after a meal is not bad at all. It will help burn up some calories without significantly diverting blood from the stomach. Only strenuous physical and mental activities are discouraged immediately after a meal.
  • DON'T SLEEP IMMEDIATELY - food will not be digested properly and will lead to gastric infection. The first part is true: it is not healthy to sleep with a full stomach. Not that it will cause "bangungot" or pancreatitis (as another myth claims), but gastric distention can lead to some heart irregularity in some people. Habitually sleeping immediately after a meal will also increase the tendency to obesity. As far as gastric infection is concerned, that claim is false.
There you go. I hope this clarifies our wavering thoughts on what to and what not to do after taking our everyday meals. Sometimes, it really pays off to watch and listen but it would be more satisfying to browse on the matters that we are uncertain of.

7 Response to "MYTH OR FACTS"

  1. Lizeth says:

    super guilty ako!

    smoke (before!), i eat fruits immediately (masama daw yan?!?), loosen my belt when im really full, i walk and sleep immediately after meal :)

    LOL

    Nancy says:

    don't be lizeth.u have the the options to re-program ur eating scheme. there can be a lot of ways to avoid immediate sleeping after meal. Ba't di ka mag blog hopping for one..hehe!

    anyway, thanks for sharing.
    Have a blissful sunday!

    astrid says:

    gee, hanks for hose tips :)

    ann says:

    Hello Nancy! have you visited my food blog? I am preparing diet foods everyday for 20 persons. (3 meals/day). I have sample pictures there. Kaya lang ang dami ko na napapayat dito sa place namin pero ako mabagal pumayat..hahaha!

    Here's the link www.passionofmyeyes.kadyo.com

    lheeanne says:

    Link You up already... tnx for dropping by!

    Nancy says:

    astrid,
    ur welcome...if not for my condition naman I wouldn't have found out na meron palang ganun.

    But that's a very good experience ha..it really compensate!

    ann,
    thanks for the idea. you know cooking is one of my passions.kaya lang ngayon medyo slow down na muna ako on meat..haha, alam mo na!

    anyway, speaking of papayat, worry not much coz we share the same frustration in life...lol!

    lheeanne,
    thanks for the add! I'll try to visit ur site more often.

    Take care and God bless!

    Lizeth says:

    eh kasi pagkakain ko..sleepy na ko e..but mejo tama yang sinabi mo.

    after i eat...derecho back in front of the pc na ko ulit .LOL

    have a nice weekend!

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