Everyone is well-aware of the fact that one should not take a shower immediately after having a meal, most especially if it’s a large one. However, it seems like no one really knows the reason behind it. Well, there’s actually a good reason as to why you should refrain from showering as soon as you’re through eating.
So if all this time you were thinking that it’s just an old wives’ tale, then this article is made exclusively for you.
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Digestion Needs Circulation
Let’s get to the bottom of things first: the process of digestion. As soon as you put something in your mouth, your digestive system springs into action right away — your stomach is flooded with hydrochloric acid and all kinds of digestive enzymes in preparation for the food that it has to digest.
In order to make sure that your digestive system is functioning optimally and that all the nutrients from the food you eat will get transported to the various cells and tissues, a huge chunk of your blood is diverted to the digestive system.
It’s exactly for this reason why some notable changes concerning the circulatory system takes place during and especially right after a meal — your heart beats faster in order to direct more blood to your digestive system, and your blood pressure reading drops a little as much of your blood is in the digestive system.
Showering is Cooling
Now let us discuss the other important element, which taking a shower. When we take a shower, we tend to feel cooler. It’s for the fact that water causes our body’s core temperature to lower — it’s for this reason exactly why showering during a particularly hot and humid day leaves us feeling cool and refreshed.
It’s important to note that your body always wants its core temperature stable. This only means that when it becomes lower due to showering or any other activity or environmental factors, it springs into action right away in an attempt to bring back your core temperature to within the normal range.
In order for your body to achieve that feat, it will cause the blood vessels near your skin to expand — blood is warm and thus providing the skin with more blood supply via the widening of the blood vessels can help in commencing the stabilization of your core temperature.
You Can Put the Blame on Blood
This is when the problem comes into being: by diverting more blood to your skin in an attempt to regulate your core temperature, the digestive system is robbed of much-needed blood. Due to the fact that the digestive system is no longer supplied with enough blood, it’s very much likely for you to end up with a bout of indigestion.
Will taking a hot shower keep the issue from striking? No. When you take a hot shower, the blood vessels near your skin will also widen. It’s your body’s way of getting rid of excess heat to ensure that your core temperature stays stable — a hot shower can cause your body’s core temperature to rise.
So in order to keep indigestion at bay, it’s a good idea for you to shower an hour to half an hour after a meal, most especially after you just finished a really large one.