Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is the key to constant good health. Are you looking for a way to improve your health?
Just as breakfast is the most important meal of the day, dinner is also crucial as it fuels your body until breakfast. Eating a healthy meal before retiring for the day gives you a sound and restful sleep and also makes you feel good!
We all try to maintain a good lifestyle in order to keep our body fit and stay healthy. From avoiding carbs to loading up on proteins, we make sure we don’t end up having a heavy dinner. However, nearly all of us miss out on the post-meal math. More than the food we eat, it’s the after eating behavior that affects our digestion and therefore the calories we stock up after dinner. Before you begin to wonder, check out some easy things to do after dinner for optimal health.
- Sit in Vajrasana
Vajrasana is a simple yoga asana which has magical benefits when done immediately after meals, especially after dinner. Also known as the thunderbolt pose, it’s best for digestion as it increases the blood circulation to the lower body. It is very easy to do – just sit over your heels such that your buttocks sit on your heels and thighs on the calf muscles. Sit straight with head facing forward, hands on your knees and focus on your breathing. Vajrasana can be done immediately after meals for 5 to 15 minutes.
- Go for a short walk
Walking after dinner or any meal for that matter is the best way to good health. There is no need for an hour-long walk. You can simply enjoy a short 15 to 20 minute stroll near your house. Just put on your walking shoes to get the benefit of improved digestion, boosted metabolism and a good night’s sleep. Walking has a whole lot of other perks like it helps prevent diabetes, heart problems, aids in weight loss, lowers triglycerides and relieves stress.
- Brush your teeth
What if just brushing your teeth after dinner can help you lose up to two kilos a month? Yes, it’s true. Brushing your teeth after dinner can serve you as a reminder that you are not supposed to grab a bag of chips or open the refrigerator for a box of ice cream while watching TV. The fresh minty taste of the toothpaste reduces the temptation of eating again.
- Sleep on the left side
When you sleep on your left side, you contribute to the health of many of your organs, since it makes their work easier. Among other functions, you improve your circulation and digestion. This benefit can be explained by gravity, as it allows for the easy passage of food through the digestive tract. The stomach and pancreas also hang naturally, as the stomach is situated towards the left side of the body.
When you take a few minutes to rest after eating a meal or lie or lean on your left side, it allows your stomach to cradle the food and then to push it along and empty in a more relaxed fashion.
- Chew on Fennel Seeds
Chewing on saunf/ fennel seeds is an age old practice among Indian households as a mouth freshener. Fennels are beneficial when eaten after meals. Fennel seeds are a good source of antioxidants, vitamins and dietary fibre which help to increase the bulk of food by absorbing water throughout the digestive system and alleviating any constipation. Plus they are an excellent remedy to heartburn, bloating and indigestion.
The path to good health is a steady one, incorporate these small practices and be on your way to a healthier way of living. Just a few tricks and habits after dinner, when done regularly can make a huge difference in optimizing your digestion, nutrient absorption, help you to sleep better and will make you feel more energetic and fresh when you wake up.
So, what are you waiting for? Resort to a healthy way of living by making just a few small lifestyle changes.
Dr. Hetal holds a doctoral degree in foods, nutrition & dietetics. With an expertise of more than 8 years in her domain, she welds research-based nutrition and analytics to healthy and most importantly guilt-free eating.