Case No. 7: Relaxing After Dinner
When we're really stuffed, we tend to go for one of three options: a nap, a dose of tableside chitchat or caffeine. But, healthwise, they're all wrong compared with that old-fashioned-but-now-seldom-observed pastime: a walk
. A German study revealed that a post-meal "constitutional" moves food through the system much faster
(espresso didn't, surprisingly). At the same time, it helps to neutralize the blood sugar surge
—linked with cardiovascular disease and weight gain—reported a study at Old Dominion University of volunteers with type 2 diabetes.
Stand up within 15 minutes of your last bite—and go for a 15- to 20-minute stroll (wherever you are). Even slightly exercised muscles clear glucose from the bloodstream