late night eating

Optimize Your Possibilities With Healthy Eating

A health body is crucial to optimizing the possibilities in life. A healthy body is a factor of eating healthy food and eating at the right time. It is a lifestyle, and a lifestyle is a choice. Nutrition experts caution people not to eat late at night because of health problems associated with it. When to eat is as important as what you eat. There are several risks associated with eating late at night.

Research shows that late night eating may impact a person’s sleep cycle, throwing off normal body rhythm. And eating at the wrong time may disrupt your biological clock and interfere with your sleep, it may as well devastate vital body functions and contribute to disease. According to Ori Hofmekler the body functions in such away that during the day the body is in an active mode, because of this, it spends a lot of energy, implying that metabolism and digestion is most efficient at day-time. At night the body is in an energy replenishing relaxed and sleepy mode, meaning that at night biologically the body’s metabolism and digestion is less active, and inefficient.

Therefore, if we overload the digestive system which is less active with food late at night, then the risk is that the body stores the unburned calories as fat, which may directly lead to weight gain, a major cause of obesity. According to Louis Arrone, a specialist in weight control at the New York Presbyterian Hospital, eating a big meal before bedtime may raise triglycerides, and a higher level is associated with metabolic syndrome and insulin resistance – both related to weight gain. Another risk is that, less active metabolism and digestion may generate residues in the body as toxins, debris, and other impurities, which may impair, pollute, and interfere with normal body functioning.

Eating a full meal late at night and lay down to sleep on a full stomach could cause acid to spill out of your stomach leading to acid reflux. Acid reflux is the main cause of heartburn; it can also lead to esophageal cancer. People tend to use pain killers such as aspirin to try stop the pain, however, according to Dr. Stephen Sinatra this may disturb the heart causing racing hearts and skipping heart beats. Dr. Jamie Koufman, M.D., who specialize in acid reflux and for over thirty years of practice and research, found that eating earlier could help alleviate allergies, sinusitis, asthma, sleep apnea.

Nutrition experts suggest that we eat our dinner at least three hours before we go to bed so as to give the body adequate time to digest the food.

Recommended Resources

  1. The Trouble with Late Night Eating / Heart MD Institute – Dr. Stephen Sinatra’s Information Site
  2.  Mercola.com – The Dangers of Eating Late at Night
  3. Article by Jean-Philippe Chaput Ph.D, Angelo Tremblay Ph.D “Adequate sleep to improve the treatment of obesity,” published at cmaj.ca – Canada Medical Association

Disclaimer: This should not be construed as a medical advice; it is information I have gleaned from leading experts on this subject to share with you hoping that it may benefit you in one way or the other.

Kennedy June 9, 2016

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