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Happy Thanksgiving – What Happens When We Eat Too Much


 Click here for a great video about what happens when we eat too much.

Also if you are tired after eating do not blame the turkey.  Turkey contains no more tryptophan than other meats.   In the blood, tryptophan and other amino acids compete to cross the blood brain barrier.   When our insulin levels rise, then the amino acids that compete with tryptophan are reduced in the blood, but tryptophan remains at the same level.  This allows more tryptophan to cross the blood brain barrier. The more tryptophan that can enter the brain the more fatigued we feel as more serotonin and melatonin are produced from the tryptophan.

So it is the indulgence of carbohydrate rich foods combined with the larger amounts of fats and proteins that causes the hormone insulin to rise and stay elevated. The amino acids competing with tryptophan are reduced and more tryptophan enters the brain after that second helping of sweet potato or extra sweetened cranberry sauce.  So don’t blame the turkey or lousy NFL games, eat less sweets and feel less fatigued.

Also just plain overeating as the above video suggests can lead to wanting to crash on the couch.

Enjoy Thanksgiving in moderation. Chew your drink and drink your food for better Thanksgiving day digestive health.


Yours In Health,

George Mandler
Licensed Acupuncturist
Licensed Dietitian


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