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Does Eating Make You Tired?

March 8, 2019 by

It is common to feel tired after eating, especially in the afternoon, but by making a few changes to your diet, you can avoid this problem.

Carbohydrates can greatly decrease your energy level and crash your blood sugar. While foods with low net carbs, such as fruits and vegetables, won’t really impact your glucose levels, grains and sugars that are in processed foods break down into individual sugar units and absorb into your bloodstream.

After you digest carbs, your blood sugar rises, followed by a crash a few hours later, which makes you tired. Additionally, eating can increase your body’s production of tryptophan, which is an amino acid that is the precursor for serotonin, which helps control your mood and sleep.

Eating tryptophan-rich foods such as eggs or free-range organic chicken along with carbs may make you tired, but this is probably due more to the spike in insulin that your body experiences than the tryptophan and subsequent production of serotonin.

It can be tough to consume large amounts of tryptophan, especially if your diet consists of mostly processed foods. However, this is the only amino acid that can be converted into serotonin. There is very little tryptophan in foods other than eggs and certain poultry, so you won’t really get any of this important nutrient in your vegetables and definitely not any in your processed foods.

There might also be an ancient tie that links sleep with satiety, which could signal to a mammal that it?s safe to sleep. Studies have suggested that eating can induce sleep because sleeping is necessary or beneficial for certain metabolic processes to occur. Eating a meal may also signal safety to animals, letting them know that they have secured food and they’re in a good environment to sleep safely.

If you?ve ever felt especially tired after eating a big meal, it is because your body must use energy to digest the large amount of food, which can leave you feeling tired. It?s believed that when your body digests food, it increases blood flow to your digestive tract, meaning it takes away blood from your brain.

Eating also alters all of the hormones in your body, such as melatonin and orexins, and it promotes the activation of your vagal nervous system. Emerging studies have suggested that these pathways regulate the neural sleep centers.

So how can you avoid getting tired after eating a big meal?

Eating a cyclical ketogenic diet is ideal for most people and can keep your blood sugar from spiking and fallings after you eat. To do this, you must first focus on consuming minimal net carbohydrates and eating moderate amounts of protein and plenty of healthy fats. You definitely want to eliminate packaged, processed foods.

Eat whole foods that are as close to their natural form as possible. Keep track of what you are eating so you can be sure to stay on track with your eating and maintain a constant blood sugar level throughout the day. This will help you avoid becoming tired during the day and feeling like you need to nap instead of work.

Once you have gotten rid of the excess sugar and processed food in your body, you can reintroduce healthy carbs back into your diet. Foods like sweet potatoes and whole grains are a great place to start when you’re bringing carbohydrates back into your meals. The healthy carbs will keep your insulin levels healthy, which can in turn lower your overall blood sugar level.

Follow a ketogenic diet to not only keep yourself alert throughout the day but also to optimize your overall health. A lot of people feel tired or sleepy in the afternoon after eating lunch, which is commonly due to a period of hypoglycemia. However, if you are able to change your body to use fats instead of carbs for its primary source of energy, you can eliminate these drops in energy levels.

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