Taking a Walk After a Meal Aids Digestion

Really? June 24, 2013, 1:49 pm46 Comments

Really? The Claim: Taking a Walk After a Meal Aids Digestion



For many people, the food-induced stupor that often follows a big meal is a good excuse for a nap. But for some, a brief walk shortly after eating is a quick way to burn some calories and aid digestion.

Over the years, researchers have found that a post-meal walk, as short as 15 minutes, can in fact help with digestion and improve blood sugar levels. In one study in 2008, German researchers looked at what happened when people ate a large meal and then consumed either an espresso or an alcoholic digestif — like brandy or flavored liqueur — or walked at a slow pace on a treadmill. Walking, they found, sped the rate at which food moved through the stomach. The beverages had no effect.

In other studies, researchers have found that walking has a significant effect on blood sugar after meals. Blood sugar typically rises and then falls after eating, but large spikes and variations can raise cardiovascular risk and potentially signal diabetes.

In a study published in 2009, researchers found that a 20-minute walk about 15 minutes after dinner led to lower post-meal blood sugar levels in people with Type 2 diabetes than either a walk before dinner or no walking at all. Another study, published recently in Diabetes Care, found that in older adults who were overweight and sedentary, walking for 15 minutes shortly after each meal improved daily blood sugar levels to a greater extent than a single 45-minute walk in the morning.

Researchers say that a post-meal stroll helps clear glucose from the bloodstream in part because more of it is taken up by the muscles.


Heading for a brief walk, instead of the couch, about 15 minutes after a meal may improve digestion and blood sugar control.

About Dr Colin Holloway

Gp interested in natural hormone treatment for men and women of all ages

Posted on July 2, 2013, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Whatever the “white “spot is it has nothing to do with hormones. If you search my web-site for “benefits of Oestrogen” you will find the wonderful things it does for women. It has a generally unjustified bad reputation, not borne out by the recent research on it. Most oestrogen given to women in the past was synthetic or animal derived (premia or similar) and not the bioidentical Oestrogen, which must be given through the skin.

  2. Catherine Worgan

    Good afternoon Colin

    I was recently referred to Dr Evans from my GP Dr Alison Powell after an examination where she saw something white on my cervix.

    Dr Evans said she thought it was scar tissue. I thought this would have been picked up years ago as my last baby was born 38 years ago. Remembering I have had a curette within the last few years. What do you think should I have an internal ultra sound??

    Do you think I should take more oestrogen in my trouches???

    Thank you for your time.


    Cathy Worgan Kilcoy. 4515 Sent from my iPad


  3. Catherine Worgan

    Dear Colin

    A couple of weeks ago you sent me an emails and video about a lady with a lapband and gall stones. As you know I have a lap band and recently found out I have gall stones.

    Could you please resend me this email as I seem to have lost it.


    Catherine Worgan

    Sent from my iPad

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