Food coma has happened to every person, whether he was eating at home or at a restaurant. However, if this is happening to you very often, you should change something because it isn’t a good sign.
If you are among those people who eat healthy and in moderate amounts, but you still feel sleepy and bloated after each meal, your digestive system probably isn’t working properly. Many people aren’t even aware that they have developed bad eating habits that cause indigestion.
Mistakes While Eating That Cause Indigestion
1. Drinking Too Much Water with Your Meal
You a probably confused why you should stop drinking water with your meals since drinking water is great for the body. It is good that you take small sips of water while you eat in order to deliver the food to the stomach, but if you drink few glasses you will get bloated and cause indigestion.
When the food you eat gets in the stomach, a substance known as hydrochloric acid is secreted in order to support digestion. This acid breaks down the large chunks of food into small nutrients, and when you drink a lot of water along with your meal you will lower the effects of hydrochloric acid.
If you want to avoid digestive issues you should drink water an hour before and an hour after the meal, and drink maximum one glass of water with your meal.
2. Eating Too Much Protein and Starch Together
If you eat a lot of starch such as pasta, potatoes, bread, rice, together with protein such as beef, chicken, eggs, or fish you might cause acid reflux and indigestion.
This happens because digestion occurs at a slower rate and starches digest fast into simple sugars. If you eat only starches they will pass through the stomach really quickly and enter the small intestine. However, when mixed with protein they need to stay in the stomach and wait until the protein is fully processed.
When starches stay in the stomach for a long time they release gas due to the process of fermentation and that is the reason we belch.
In order to avoid that you should first eat the starch and then the protein.
3. Drinking Very Cold Water with Your Meal
A lot of people don’t even pay attention to the water temperature they drink with their meals. Instead of drinking icy cold water you should drink water that has room temperature. If the water is too cold it will affect the blood vessels by tightening them. That means that the body will have digestion issues and harder time to absorb all nutrients.
Cold water also solidifies the fats, which makes it harder for the body to remove them. Also, the energy your body uses for food digestion will be used to warm up the cold water.
You can try an ancient Japanese method. You can prepare one glass of hot water with lemon or green tea before a meal. Drink the hot water slowly while you eat in order to prepare the body for digestion. If you are at a restaurant you can tell the waiter to bring you water without ice.
All of the tips will help you have better digestion. You can try the tips even if you don’t feel sluggish after a meal. You will surely see the difference.