The dangers of overeating

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The holidays are a time to spend time with family and enjoy really good food. Sometimes this may cause us to overeating and believe it or not, this can pose some serious health concerns.  This is not surprising, as the body lets you know you ate too much as it makes you feel bad.  This is what I like to call a “food hangover”.

Overeating not only causes you to gain weight, but it impacts your sleep, puts stress on your organs, and increases your chances of serious health conditions.

How does this happen?

When we consume large quantities of good, our stomach has to secrete extra hormones and enzymes to break down the food; since we have a limited amount of these enzymes in our body, our food remains in the stomach longer and therefore is likely to turn to fat.  Hence, the weight gain. 

Our body only has a limited supply of blood and energy, so when large quantities of food are consumed, most of the blood and energy is devoted towards the breakdown of the food and there are less resources available for the brain and limbs.  This puts a lot of stress on our body.

Organ malfunctioning is another health risk due to overeating.  The organs that are mostly impacted are the kidney, liver, and the stomach  as these organs are those that take part in the digestion and assimilation of food but there are organs that are impacted as well.  The stress placed on these organs makes them more prone to disorders.

Overeating impacts your sleep patterns too, by disrupting your circadian clock.  Your circadian clock is the system that regulates your sleep and hormone levels.  Therefore when you overeat, the hormone levels are impacted, and your sleep pattern is disrupted. 

So the next time you are enjoying a holiday meal, think twice before having two or more servings of food; remember the phraise, “everything in moderation”.

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