We all know the feeling of sleepiness, bloating and sluggishness whenever we eat. Some people feel this now and then, but some have problems every time they consume food especially after eating in the restaurants every weekend, and this is a bad habit which must be changed.
What can we do when this happens even though you eat healthy, you are not overeaten but you still are bloated and sluggish? Well, this is digestion and many people are not aware of their bad habits. Our modern society makes our eating regimen fast and unhealthy, therefore we experience some of these conditions.
Read more about the three most unhealthy habits which we must avoid in order to decrease the bloating, below:
Eating lots of starch and protein together
Our favorite combinations including burger and fries, steak and mashed potatoes or eggs Benedict make us feel tired and not able to do anything just sitting in our sofa. If we consume protein like chicken, fish, eggs or beef together with starch such as pasta, potatoes, bread or rice can cause acid reflux or in many cases indigestion.
Why is this happening? First, the starch digests very fast into simple sugars whereas the protein need more time to process. While the protein takes time to digest, starch is already done and prepared for the next level of digestion in the small intestine.
Because of the combination with protein, the starch must wait until the protein is digested which takes even hours. This long period of waiting can ferment the starch or releases gas which makes us burp every time.
Eat the starch first and then eat the protein for easy digestion. Do not worry if the portion consists of little starch and a lot of protein, since the advice is to not overdo the potatoes with rice. The combination of vegetables and starch or veggies and protein is great so you can eat them in this way.
Drinking ice-cold water while eating
If you want to drink water when you have your meal tend to drink a room temperature and not cold one. The ice-cold water compresses the blood vessels and in this way they are not able to absorb the nutrients or to digest any of the food.
The cold water will hardens the fats and makes them difficult to digest as well. Then, your body will be exhausted because of the struggle between digesting food or regulating temperature.
Do as a Japanese would, drink hot water (flavored with lemon) or green tea together with your meals. You can drink a little bit for better digestion and calming the gut. Whenever you drink something ask for a water or juice without ice and say room temperature instead.
You must be careful, because these tips are for optimal digestion and for someone suffering from weak digestion these can be more relevant than people who feel bloated sometimes. If you have celebratory meal or big brunch than these tips will be very important for you, since you know the consequences – food coma.
Drinking lot of water while having meal
It may sound strange, since water is good but only if you drink it in small sips during your meal. In this way you can help the digestive tract. But, if you drink water in great amount altogether with the meals, you will cause indigestion and bloating as well as unpleasant feeling.
In the process of digestion, the stomach secrets a substance called hydrochloric acid from the moment the food enters inside and it helps the digestion. This acid is great since it is able to dissolve big chunks of food into a smaller and absorbable nutrients.
Therefore, if you drink a lot of water together with the meal, you will dilute the hydrochloric acid and lower its capability.
For more picture-like vision, imagine a pool in your stomach full with water and the food floating around while the acid is mixed on the surface. It is not a pleasant view, don’t you think? Well, read for the solution below.
It is recommended to drink water at least one hour before or after the meal. If you cannot eat without drinking, then just a sip of water is enough, do not overdo it.