Your food coma isn’t all in your head.
The humorous way to report the indolent feeling you get after overindulging on the smorgasboard line is actually a legitimate medical condition doctors call postprandial somnolence.
“It’s real. If the dish consumed is vast enough, one can go into a food coma due to changes in circulation,” says Dr. Lisa Young, a nutritionist.
Once the muck hits your stomach and activates the gastrointestinal tract, blood upsurge shifts from the muscles and the brain into the stomach and viscera to assist digestion. So when there’s reduction blood in the brain, the feeling of lassitude kicks in.
And certain forms of dishes can trigger this faster than others.
Meals high in carbohydrates have a high glycemic index, which means they recover sugar into the bloodstream quickly. This results in an boost in the hormone insulin, which triggers chemicals in your brain like serotonin that leave you feeling drowsy.
“Solid dishes like beef may have some-more of an outcome than liquids,” says Young.
Too much protein can also lead to a food-induced snooze fest. A new study by the Scripps Research Institute involving fruit flies found that the flies that consumed the many protein slept the longest.
So if you wish to fight your next food coma, try eating some-more tiny meals, and opt for low-glycemic index carbs like whole wheat bread, brownish-red rice and oatmeal.
You also competence wish to refrain from grouping a potion of booze or beer, Young advises. Since ethanol is a sedative, it’ll only make you some-more tired.