Food comas: Real or Imaginative

Do you encounter the feeling of doing nothing after having a big meal that has stuffed your stomach? Well this challenge has been named as postprandial somnolence, frequently addressed as food coma. It is the tired and sleepy feeling after one has consumed a large meal. And the purpose are emanate from varied theories, some more logical and acceptable than others.

According to David Levitsky, professor of nutrition and psychology at Cornell University states that elucidation for food comas relates to alteration in the flow. When the food infiltrates the stomach and initiates the gastrointestinal tract, blood flow amends from the muscles and brain into the stomach and intestines, and when blood volume sinks in the brain we become woozy and tired.

This transportation of blood takes place because consuming a meal actuates our parasympathetic nervous system, that section of the nervous system that stimulates digestion and absorption of food. It has been termed as “rest and digest system,” as its focal point is conservation of energy as it decelerates heart rate and expands intestinal activity, composing the body to incorporate a meal’s nutrients.

On the other hand, sympathetic nervous system adorns the other role.  It sets in motion the answer to the danger instigates a fight or flight response ensuing the proliferated heart rate and increased blood flow to the brain.

Levitsky said that you are going to prevent food coma if you partake only a few bites of snacks. The parasympathetic nervous system is actuated when you eat but the relies on the enormity of the meal.


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