After a satisfying meal, it is either lying down horizontally or walk it out for most people. However, the latter is better for you in many ways.
Some benefits of taking a walk post meals include:
All the nutrients get in the process of breaking down into simpler substances once a person is done having his meal and the proteins, vitamins, carbohydrates, electrolytes and water start to absorb in the body and get transported to whatever part in the body requires it. This process is said to be improved when a person walks post his meals as walking reduces the gastric emptying time as food tends to move faster via the gastro-intestinal tract. This results in less bloating and faster digestion.
IMPROVES BLOOD SUGAR
Walking post meals also helps in regulating the levels of blood sugar. Research has evidently proven that even as little as only ten minutes of walking after eating can lead to an improvement in the blood glucose levels as compared to other times during the day. This also helps in reducing the risk of developing type II diabetes and other heart-related issues.
Walking post meals have a soothing and calming effect on the body by releasing endorphins which happens to reduce stress. Walking also helps release another feel-good chemical in the human body namely serotonin which promotes a sound sleep, regulates appetite, improves memory and increases the positive feelings felt by one.
BOOSTS BLOOD FLOW
The human body pumps more blood while an individual is walking which is beneficial especially post a meal. Better blood flow is also good for the muscles of the body and movement due to walks cause better circulation in the body resulting in a healthier vascular system which more efficiently transports nutrients to the organs and muscles.
AIDS IN BETTER SLEEP
Even a short walk enables one to have a better sleep after a meal even though one might feel curling up immediately after a meal would provide them a sounder sleep. Due to the release of serotonin, one is able to sleep faster and better as suggested by science.
COULD HELP IN SHEDDING THOSE EXTRA KILOS
Since walking post meals helps in controlling spike in blood sugar levels, it can lead to shedding those extra kilos as a result of lesser blood sugar fluctuations.
It is therefore about time to clock some steps before hitting the bed after having that sumptuous meal.