Thursday, January 3

How to digest faster after a heavy meal

One of the reasons for weight gain is that the food does not get digested properly due to a slow metabolic rate. 
How you can speed up your metabolism?
You can speed up your metabolism by going for a walk or other mild exercise. What you don't want to do is take a nap. Even though that's what we all want to do after a heavy meal. 

Drink plenty of water
Water helps your body break down the foods you have eaten. 
You can also drink a cup of coffee, green tea or peppermint tea, which will also speed up your metabolism and it would digest the food quickly.

Increase physical activity. Physical activity helps keep food moving through the digestive process. If you're feeling overly full after eating a large meal, engaging in some mild physical activity can help jump start the digestive process. But ... wait at least 30 minutes after eating before any physical activity.
Do not run on a full stomach, this act can harm the walls of stomach and small intestine. Have a mild walk instead.  The wakling help to digest the food faster, it helps to move food along your digestive system and encourages cleansing of your body’s system. If you're doing this because you want to lose weight from the meal, it won't make you lose any weight, it'll just help with your digestion.

There are some fruits which make the digestion very fast like grapefruit and water melon
The best time to eat a fruit (any fruit) is either first thing in the morning on an empty stomach or as a mid-morning snack, between breakfast and lunch. It is advisable to eat fruits at least 30 minutes before any heavy meal.
In the morning include a good amount of yogurt in your breakfast, it is a best thing to make your digestion system strong and it help to digest a heavy meal easily. 

A little reminder!
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Do not sleep after meals: 
Sleeping will stop the process of digesting which will turns food into fat. Also chew food slowly, the saliva and small portions of food will help the digestive system breaks food apart quicker. If you drink water in-between meals, the liquid slows down digestion. Try to drink water 15 minutes before or after a meal.


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  2. Appreciate the tips to the general public, and please don't take this the wrong way but I see some common misconceptions repeated all over the internet (and even in some respected books). My goal is only to educate on a few misconceptions.

    1) You do not need to wait 30 minutes after eating any sized meal. It is NOT harmful to go jog, workout, swim, etc immediately after eating. This is a long standing myth and is understandable that you would put this as advice as most people think this as fact/truth. Studies have long since disproven this.

    With that in mind -- a large meal CAN cause discomfort with exercise immediately after, but it isn't harming you.

    Running after a large meal will NOT damage your stomach walls. If you have ever taken a proper collegiate (or medical school anatomy course) you will see how elastic and tough the actual stomach walls are. Palpate them,.. get a real visceral feel for them. They can be damaged by caustic materials over long periods of time but even this is largely exaggerated. Your stomach has a very low PH acid within it.. nothing we drink is more acidic than the stomach enzymes/"juices" themselves.

    The logic that jogging/running after a heavy meal will damage the stomach walls is completely wrong. It very well may cause pain, and discomfort -- but this isn't causing internal damage.

    Another myth "Sleeping will stop the process of digesting which will turns food into fat." -- No it doesn't. Digestion does not STOP when we sleep. Our endocrine system is going non stop, 24/7/365. Sleeping will slow most systems of the body naturally to conserve energy but it does not , I repeat, not stop digestion. Further, studies over the last several years (half decade) have shown that there is no appreciable difference in weight gain, fat storage vs. energy expenditure or ATP synthesis when one eats before sleeping, or eats during the day.

    It all comes down to eating less calories than you expend per day. That is the fundamental rule you need to follow if striving to lose weight. Adding exercise helps with dozens if not hundreds of other processes including burning calories and increasing metabolic rate -- so do it. 3-5 days per week, 30 mins minimum per session. You don't need to kill yourself.. a 30 minute walk is fine.. if you do this regularly for years it WILL make a difference on your weight, health, and longevity (and quality of life).

    Also,.. Water will not slow digestion.. You stated: " If you drink water in-between meals, the liquid slows down digestion." -- All I can say here is false. You contradicted yourself a bit with your original statement of: "Drink plenty of water.
    Water helps your body break down the foods you have eaten.
    You can also drink a cup of coffee, green tea or peppermint tea, which will also speed up your metabolism and it would digest the food quickly" -- Now perhaps you simply meant between meals made the difference. It does not. Liquids go straight to the duodenum and small intestine within minutes of consumption -- They do not hang around gastrically like meats, and other "foods".

    The good -- Your advice on doing some light exercise to aid in digestion is good advice, much recommended.

    Your advice that water will aid in digestion is good advice.

    Again, I'm not here to offend you -- so please take this in the right tone,.. just trying to correct misconceptions so we can all have the facts/truth in life.

    Take care,

    Baxter, Ph.S/M.D.

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