So you put your health at risk if you do any of these 5 things after eating.

After having a satisfying meal, many of us just want to lie down the rest of the night and watch a movie or TV show. But little do we know, that this is really one of the worst things we can do after eating.

Small bad habits like this can get in the way of reaching our healthiest potential. Keep reading to find out 5 things that are not recommended to do after eating if you want to have optimal wellness.

5 things you should never do after eating

1. Sleep

Going to sleep right after eating, causes your stomach to have acidity at night, which causes discomfort, swelling and strange sleep patterns. One study found that people who waited longer after eating to go to bed were less likely to have a stroke. With this in mind, the general rule is to eat at least 3 hours before bedtime.

2. Smoking

Unfortunately for some people, it is very difficult to quit smoking. While it’s probably one of the most damaging things you can do to your lungs, at least wait a couple of hours after eating if you’re going to do it. This is because the nicotine in cigarettes binds to the excess oxygen that is necessary in digestion, and this allows your body to absorb more carcinogens than normal.

According to some studies, smoking right after a meal is the same as smoking ten cigarettes at a time. It also increases the risk of bowel and lung cancer.

3. Shower

When we shower, our body increases blood flow to reach the hands, legs and body, which decreases the amount of blood flow to the stomach. Showering after eating weakens the digestive system, causing it to become inefficient, which can cause stomach aches.

4. Eat fruits

You probably thought you could eat fruit at any time, right? Well, it’s actually better to eat fruit on an empty stomach. This is because fruits require different enzymes to be digested, and simple sugars in fruits need time to be completely absorbed by the body.

With nothing in your stomach other than good fruit, you will benefit from all the nutrients, fibers and simple sugars. If you wait until near or after a meal, the fruit stays in the stomach for a prolonged period and rots in the intestine. This can cause indigestion, heartburn, belching and other discomfort.

5. Drink tea

Drinking tea right after a meal interferes with iron absorption. Tannic acid in 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!

The low level of iron can trigger anemia, a deficiency of red blood cells in the blood, which causes extreme fatigue, weakness, pale skin, chest pain, dizziness, cold hands and feet, brittle nails and lack of appetite.

The next time you eat, make a mental note of the time and make sure to leave some space between rest, eat fruit, drink tea or shower. And also, stop smoking.