He explains that eating stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system, with one of the messages to your body being, “Slow down, I need to focus energies on digestion.” Also, your brain is producing serotonin and melatonin, which promote drowsiness.
Luckily, many people make it a habit to take a short walk after a big meal instead of succumbing to a food coma. It’s a good pretext for adding a bit more activity to your day. In fact, easy movement, such as a stroll around the neighborhood, often helps prevent flatulence and bloating.
Enjoy your yummy meals, at restaurants or at home. Just remember that they send your digestive tract into “all systems go,” and a bit of alertness on your part will keep digestion humming.
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Reviewed January 19, 2012
by Michele Blacksberg RN
Edited by Jessica Obert