Perhaps you’ve heard by now that eating turkey can make you tired. With Thanksgiving just around the corner, we asked our very own Co-Founder Dr. James Lee to weigh in on the science behind “food-coma” and why our favorite meal of the year makes us feel less than lively.
"Well, there are a couple of reasons that a traditional Thanksgiving meal would make us enter a lethargic state of food coma called 'postprandial sleep'.
First of all, any big meal (especially Thanksgiving probably representing the biggest of them all) will load the stomach. This triggers a redirection of blood flow from your body to your gut. As blood is drawn from your brain to your digestive system, the ability to be awake and active declines. Enter, food coma.
Secondly, Turkey contains l-tryptophan within its structure, which our body transforms into serotonin and then melatonin. Melatonin is the biochemical signal to sleep. Serotonin is the neurotransmitter that allows us to feel relaxed and maintain sleep. Simply put, the amount of food we eat affects our brain and our brains control our food coma.
Just some food for thought-- take the day to enjoy special friends & family and take advantage of all the good things life has to offer us."
Happy Thanksgiving from your friends at Liveli.