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Walking after meals aids digestion and lowers blood sugar

by Larry Magid

Taking a walk after dinner — even a short 15 minute one — can help move your food through your digestive system and lower any after-meal blood sugar spike.

A 2008 study found that after eating, “walking accelerated gastric emptying of the meal.” It also found that alcohol, including a so-called “digestif” slows down the process.

And, according to the New York Times, “researchers have found that walking has a significant effect on blood sugar after meals.”

And timing does matter. A study published in 2009 found that walking after meals “general reduces glycemia more than pre-meal,”  in pre-diabetic indviduals. The study concluded that “Twenty minutes of self-paced walking done shortly after meal consumption resulted in lower plasma glucose levels at the end of exercise compared to values at the same time point when subjects had walked pre-dinner.”

So, if you’re stuffed from a big meal or even just somewhat full from a normal-sized one, don’t take a nap or a drink but take a walk. It’s good for your stomach and good for your blood sugar.

 

 

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