The 5 Things That You Should NEVER Do After Eating

1. Smoke

Unfortunately for some people, smoking is still a thing. While it’s probably one of the most damaging things you can do to your lungs, if you’re going to do it, at least wait a couple hours after eating.

This is because the nicotine in cigarettes binds to the excess oxygen that is necessary in digestion, which then allows your body to absorbs more carcinogens than normal. According to studies, smoking right after a meal is the same as smoking ten cigarettes at once. It also increases the risk of bowel and lung cancer.

2. Shower

If you’re thinking of freshening up after eating, you may want to rethink that according to Ecooe. In order for food to digest, your body needs energy and blood flow toward the stomach.

After eating, there is a lot of blood circulating to the intestines to help with digestion. But when you take a shower immediately after eating, the brain will order the blood to rush to your hands, feet, legs, and arms to moderate the temperature. This means there will be limited blood flow for digestion.

3. Drink Tea

Drinking eat right after a meal interferes with iron absorption. The tannic acid in the tea binds with protein and iron in our food, preventing our bodies from reaping the benefits of digesting them.

This results in an 87% decrease in iron absorption! Low iron can trigger anemia, a deficiency of red blood cells in the blood, which then causes extreme fatigue, weakness, pale skin, chest pain, dizziness, cold hands and feet, brittle nails, and poor appetite.

4. Sleep

Going to sleep right after you eat causing your stomach to burn through the night, which causes discomfort, bloating, and odd sleeping patterns.

A study at the University of Ioannina Medical School found that people who waited the longest after eating to go to bed were less likely to have a stroke. With this is mind, the rule of thumb is to not eat at least a few hours before bed.

5. Eat Fruit

There really is no bad time to eat fruit; you’re doing your body a favor each time you consume fruits. But that doesn’t mean that there aren’t some consequences. According to Dr. Melina Jampolis, physician and nutrition specialist for, fruit has almost three times the calorie count as vegetables.

She adds that consuming more than ½ a cup of it per day could cause weight gain. It also can cause you to get into the habit of eating a snack after eating a meal, which may also cause you to ignore your fullness signals from your body.