Why does overeating make you tired and how can hydrogen water help?
Thanksgiving is always a great time to spend with your family, the ones you love… and of course eating an absurd amount of food. Don’t want to worry about the extra belt size it brings? Or just want to be awake after? Reading our article on hydrogen water can help you and your loved ones make this day a little bit better.
Thanksgiving elicits different memories for many of us. For most, it means spending time with our family, friends, and loved ones. We share this time together for different reasons but the one common factor is the food we enjoy. Each plate might be different, and the number of seats might change, but our overconsumption always remains the same. This is almost always directly followed by a trip to the couch and the ensuing nap. As much as we try to fight it, or just embrace it, the health ramifications are still present. Why are we fighting off the heavy eyes after our meal? And most importantly, how can we make our overindulgence a little more guilt free, because let’s face it, this food is too good to pass.
Many of us have been taught to believe that the culprit for our thanksgiving naps is something called tryptophan. It has been drilled into our brains that eating the traditional turkey causes an unusual amount of this chemical to be deposited into our bodies. And yes, while it is true that turkey does contain tryptophan (which can make you tired), it’s levels are comparable to most other meats. The real reason we are dragging ourselves to the couch after our meal is simply because of our overconsumption of food, mainly carbohydrates (1). When large amounts of carbs are digested, our body responds by overproducing insulin. In turn, this triggers our muscles to absorb glucose and amino acids leaving the tryptophan alone in our bloodstream to be absorbed by the brain. During this process, a large portion of blood flow is also being allocated for gut function to help digest our meal. This leaves the brain with a lower level of blood flow and a higher ratio of tryptophan in the body. The chemical is then converted into serotonin and melatonin which then results in the fatigue you are used to. Long story short, it’s not what you’re eating, but rather the abundance of food you’re piling on your plate that makes you tired. It doesn’t have to be this way though. There are plenty of ways to fight the sandman and also be a little healthier in the process.
Drinking hydrogen water is one simple solution that has been scientifically proven. It doesn’t compromise your meal or require any difficult diet. Rather, hydrogen water has been found to have similar effects as coffee with regards to keeping you awake, plus hydrogen water has many additional benefits including reducing inflammation and oxidative stress, and improving gut function(2). Pairing hydrogen water with your meal will aid digestion, improve gut function along the way, and of course leave you awake and engaged to deal with the in-laws or your crazy family. For those of you who are vegetarian, hydrogen water offers an additional boost to your alertness compared to your omnivore counterparts(3). Beyond this, hydrogen water offers a variety of other benefits such as improved cognitive function and immune system support which can always come in handy around the holidays. If you want an edge in the family games or just want to make sure you don’t get sick over the holiday, hydrogen water is right for you.
For those of you who are a little more concerned about the additional waist size this holiday represents, don’t worry, you’re in luck! Hydrogen water has also been shown to protect against weight gain by attenuating fat and sugar metabolism (4). We’re sure you want to enjoy as much of the food as possible this holiday and hydrogen water can help. Simply pairing it with your meals will extremely help your body during this time. Finding simple solutions like this are far and few between. Mainly, an excuse to gorge ourselves only comes around once a year. However, if you want to take an alternative health route here, we encourage it all the same.
What we’re talking about here is really not a world-shattering problem. Having an excess amount of food is something that we should be thankful for. This is simply our attempt to improve our lives and the lives of those around us. However small or large that improvement might be, is an improvement nonetheless. So take the small victories when you can. Invest in yourself and the many thanksgivings to come for you and your loved ones. When hydrogen water can improve your life in any way, we say give it a shot.
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