How healthy/unhealthy is lying down after a big meal? Myths vs reality

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Almost every evening, I lie down on my bed for about a half hour after a large supper. I’ve been doing this for about two years and want to continue, but am wondering if this is good for the digestive system, especially since it is every single day?

Is this your question, or your girl friends? Are you also fighting with your self and asking so many questions about is it healthy or unhealthy meal and should you eat more or it is enough?


OK lets now read what is suggested to be done for better digestion:

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Myths, rules and must follows

  • Do not lie down right after eating. Our bodies are made to digest food in an upright position and lying down while your body is trying to digest food can lead to indigestion. Wait 2-3 hours after a meal before going to bed.
  • Eat foods containing probiotics, which are good bacteria that can be found in some foods as well as in your digestive tract, where they promote digestive health. Look for yogurts, such as Activa, that are labeled as containing live active cultures of Lactobacillus acidophilus. Other foods that contain probiotics include kefir, buttermilk, and probiotic drinks, such as GoodBelly, which is a line of non-dairy, non-soy and vegan probiotic juice drinks. I recently tried a sample of the GoodBelly Probiotic Coconut Water and loved the flavor.
  • Eat slowly. When you eat too quickly, you actually swallow a good deal of air, which can upset the digestive process.
  • Make sure you are getting plenty of fiber in your diet, but don’t go from eating very little fiber to lots of fiber overnight as that can lead to gastrointestinal issues. Instead, add more high-fiber foods into your diet slowly and drink plenty of water with them.
  • Keep a food journal to identify foods that trigger indigestion for you personally. Often foods or beverages that are high in acid, caffeine, or alcohol or that are spicy are trigger foods.
  • Don’t wear tight-fitting clothes or belts while eating as this can compress the stomach and make heartburn more likely.
  • Try chewing gum after your meals. It will help to stimulate the production of saliva, which helps to neutralize stomach acid and decreases the likelihood of experiencing indigestion.

My reality

I’m with the “if it feels good, do it” crowd here. Our digestive system does NOT depend on gravity, as we have something called “peristalsis” that moves things generally in one direction.

Some people get refluxy laying down right away, because the stuff is still in their stomach, and that’s about the only place where gravity matters, and even then, only if you have a leaky valve that allows stuff in your stomach to go back into the esophagus.

If you look at a diagram of your guts, the intestines twist every which way, meaning stuff is going up, down, sideways, up again, back down, around in circles, etc, all the way to the end of the line.

What are your habits, myths and reality?

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