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Festive Food Coma Alert

by Liubov Edwards  -  December 31st, 2016

Festive Food Coma Alert

Plenty of delicious food non stop and then sudden sleepiness - it has happened to everybody. But what is the link between food and sleepiness? Scientists have discovered that meals high in carbohydrates that also have a high glycaemic index, cause an increase in the hormone insulin, and it allows the entry of a special amino acid, called tryptophan, into the brain. Tryptophan is converted into another chemical in the brain called serotonin, which is associated with calmness and drowsiness. So, to avoid falling into food coma you should first of all rethink you menu, for example food rich in salt and protein more likely to make you sleepy.

Here are some tips to help you avoid nodding off after a meal:

1) Don’t overeat; watch your portion size.

2) Balance your meal; have protein and carbohydrate in a one-to-two proportion. Don’t forget to include into your ration vegetables , fruit, grains, lean meats and dairy products, as they all contain essential nutrients that human bodies can’t manufacture.

3) Stay active after the main meal of the day, to promote better blood sugar control.

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Liubov Edwards worked as our freelance graphic designer since 2011 for kingsblog.

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