Everyone faced that situation while one hand is clutching your stomach while your other hand is leaning forward and reaching for chicken. Even though feel full stomach, you would like to eat more due to its taste. Chicken will fill caloric deficit right now. If you are experiencing the same thing every time when you go to a restaurant, then you need to change.

It’s not normal to feel sleepy, sluggish and bloated after every meal. This happens due to over eating.

What if you’re eating healthy, not overeating and yet you still feel sluggish and bloated afterwards? That’s where digestion comes come into picture. Unfortunately people do not know about the food habits that they have  developed as a society are causing us to feel this way.

Here are the top 3 unhealthy habits to avoid at your next meal:

Drinking lots of water with your meal

Are you confused? Some doctors say not to drink water. But water is a wonderful medicine. And it’s great to have with your meal in small sips, for the purpose of helping the food along the digestive tract. But do not drink too much of water. It makes you to feel bloated afterwards.

When food enters your stomach, a substance called hydrochloric acid (HCL) is secreted from the stomach lining to help begin the process of digestion. HCL is super acidic and it needs to be in order to break big chunks of food into tiny, absorbable nutrients. So if you start taking water with food, you are going to be diluted with the HCL and thereby it shows its effects.

Imagine a pool of water in your stomach with bits of food floating around, the acid starts its work then.

Solution:

Drink lots of water either an hour before or after your meals. Only sip on a glass of water throughout your meal.

Eating lots of starch and protein together

Mashed potatoes, burger, fries and eggs make us to pass out on the counch after. Eating large amounts of starch (e.g. bread, pasta, rice, potatoes) and protein (e.g. fish, chicken, beef, eggs) at the same time can cause indigestion and acid reflux.

It occurs due to slower rate of digestion, and starches digest much faster into simple sugars. Technically speaking, starches should be saying “hasta la vista” to the stomach pretty quickly and entering the next stage of digestion in the small intestine.

When they are mixed with the protein in the stomach, they have to hang around and wait for hours until the protein completes digestion.

And when starches hang around too long, they ferment i.e. release gas which causes us to belch every so eloquently.

Solution:

Eat your starch first, and then proteins. Do not waste them by sweating if you take a small amount of starch alongside your protein. Do not overdo the rice and potatoes.

Having ice-cold water with your meal

When it comes to temperature of drinking water at a meal, choose for room temperature instead of cold. Ice-cold water blocks blood vessels and it hinders the capability of blood to digest it and absorb nutrients.

They absorb any fats that are being eaten making them difficult to digest as well.

Solution:

Take some hot water (with lemon, optional) or green tea before the start of your meal and slowly take a sip that is needed for optimal digestion.

Keep in mind that these tips are for optimal digestion. If you suffer from weak digestion, these are some tips you need to follow.

If you find these tips as a difficult, or remember a big brunch or celebratory meal, then a food coma is just around the corner.

Source: Super Tasty Recipes