Heading out the door for a 15 minute walk, instead of heading to the couch after dinner can do two things for your health:
1. Improve digestion
2. Improve blood sugar levels.
In a study published in the “Journal of Gastrointestinal and Liver Diseases,” research showed that walking after a meal will speed up the rate of digestion. This translates as less gas, bloating and discomfort and more regular bowel movements.
Researchers also found that post-meal walks help clear glucose from the bloodstream, in part because more of it is taken up by muscles. This is especially helpful for people with diabetes or anyone wanting to lose weight. Blood sugar levels rise following a meal; going for a walk will give this excess glucose to your muscles cells rather than your fat cells.
Bottom line: A post-meal walk can improve your overall health by improving digestion and blood sugar levels.