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Check your eating environment is favorable or not for your digestive system. Ask these questions to yourself and keep an eye on the environment in which you are feeding to your stomach.
Healthy eating environment and watchful stopovers: A happy couple having dinner in a beautiful restaurant and another odd couple seeing them with jealousy: Couple pic illustration by Sneha
Sometimes it is regardless that where and with whom you are sitting. Even the surrounding around can't help. The eating environment becomes happy and healthy just by changing the weather of the heart!

Are you quickly gulping the food due to fear of getting late for college? Is your tie or pant tight when you are taking your lunch in the office? Are you distressed or annoyed because of your husband while having dinner due to your pending demand for a new dress? Have you ever noticed whether your eating habits are favorable or not for your digestive system?

Eating Environment: Husband wife fighting on dining table
Couple fighting on dining table

Ask these questions to yourself and keep an eye on your eating habits to ensure the environment in which you are feeding to your stomach.

Eating Habits: Lady eating too much food in clipart
Lady enjoying eating, unaware of anything else

People have started taking care of their diet regimen, but they still are unaware of how important their eating environment is. An unhealthy or unfavorable environment influences the mind and leaves adverse effects. It impinges on the digestive system as the mind is connected to every organ and directs them.

Even if you follow a healthy diet chart, it won’t work great if the surrounding is not settled. If you want the maximum outcome of your efforts, then make sure you maintain a few essential norms:

Habit-1. Eat in a Calm and Settled Environment

Family eating together on dinning table in a calm and settled environment
Happy family eating together on dinning table! But where is the chair of that lovely dog?!

Despite the hectic work-schedule and irrespective nature of the job, one must find 20-30 minutes and have the meal at a quiet, relaxed, and peaceful place.

Why Environment Is Imperative: How Beneficial to Health

All family members eating together on dinning table in happy environment
Calm, settled and happy environment on dinning table
  • If we take our meal hastily at unsettled surroundings, it causes stress instead of nutrition.
  • A stable posture allows energy and efforts to focus on eating and further digesting process.

Habit-2. Don’t Take Food at Standing Position: Sit and Eat

Boy eating burger at standing position
A guy taking a bite of burger at standing position. He has perhaps sold all the chairs of his home on OLX!

An upright and well-aligned sitting position is said to be an idol for better coordination of muscles used for biting, chewing, gulping and breathing. Early medical literature and conventional Japanese suggest vajraasan to be the right posture.

Why Not: How Beneficial to Health

Uncle eating burger at standing position
Uncleji stop! Have a seat first please!

Sitting posture relaxes the digestive tract, smoothing the progress of digestive juice secretion.

Habit-3. Say ‘No’ to Tight Clothing while Having Eatables

Boy wearing tight cloths while having food
Ouch! How the food-piece will go down the throat? Wonder!

High-necked outfits, skinny jeans, ultra-fitted pants, and tight or ill-fitting clothes above the navel or around waist lead to disposition of organs.

Why ‘No’: How Beneficial to Health

A man eating a heavy fast food in tight cloths
Food saying, "Gentleman! Please make some space for me. The way of your mouth appears too small to go!

It also affects the abdominal muscles, resulting in digestive problems such as abdominal distention, indigestion, and heartburn.

Habit-4. Keep Emotional Factors at Bay at Dining Table

Lady eating food at dinning table in anger
It seems the lady is set to start "Kung-fu" on dinning table!

When you are having your meal, strictly prohibit the heated argument, deep-rooted anger, heavy discussions, hatred, bitterness, and emotions like fear, worry, and nervousness.

Why to Prohibit: How Beneficial to Health

Angry boy eating hot meal
Sip some water; you are burning buddy!

Such an aggressive state of body and mind hampers the blood supply to our digestive tract. It not only restricts the movement of the intestine and stomach but also reduces the salivary secretion.

Second, it creates difficulty for the inner lining of the abdomen, causing congestion. The problem leads to acidity.

Habit-5. Adopt a Position of Rest after Meal

Boy sitting on sofa and taking rest after having food
A happy-go-dude!

Give your belly a position of rest after having a meal. Either sit on a cozy couch or lie down on the left side. Relax for at least 10-15 minutes.

Why to Adopt: How Beneficial to Health

Girl relaxing and reading book after taking food
A girl relaxing!
  • It encourages easy digestion.
  • The position arouses the better digestive process.

Habit-6. Close the Doors for Strenuous Workout after Meal

A man doing strenuous workout and carrying heavyweight after Meal
Workout just after taking food? Say "No" to it!

Heavy physical work negatively affects the digestion system.

Why Not to Work: How Beneficial to Health

Kids holding heavy weight to shift after food
Kids holding heavy weight to shift after food

Doing work distracts the proper blood supply to the organs of the abdomen and disturbs the digestive system.

Habit-7. Eat and Sleep at Rhythmic Interval

Eat and Sleep at Rhythmic Interval
The modes of eating and relaxing are the most enjoyable.

Aim for one snack and three meals, giving a break of three to four hours. When your body and mind feel tiredness and urge rest, dim the light, take your feet up, and take a break of 10 minutes. Take a sound and satisfactory sleep after dinner.

Why to Adopt: How Beneficial to Health

Boy relaxing on sofa, watching TV
Let's watch a movie!

Eating and sleeping with the tune of clock prevents from altered digestion.

Convert Adverse to Favorable: Tips to Maintain the Eating Rule Book

  • For better digestion, take a sound sleep at night hours.
A small kid sleeping happily after having his meal
A sound sleep is the secret of my smile! Now you know the secret, enjoy!
  • In case you are supposed to perform the physical work right after having your meal, reduce the meal size.
Say no to heavy work after food
Say no to heavy work after food
  • If you find the emotional pressure or high sentiments while your mealtime, close your eyes and relax. Try to be calm and stable. If all the efforts prove worthless, skip your meal and intake light fruits or drink juice or soup.
Angry boy snatching his hair
Relax boy! Have a glass of fruit-juice to cheer!
  • Add soothing music to your meal and perk up your eating experience with laughter.
Happy family taking meal together on dinning table
Happy eating!

Eat the healthy! Stay healthy!

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