Understanding the Communication that Takes Place between the Stomach and Brain

Understanding the Communication that Takes Place between the Stomach and Brain

The key to stop overeating is to quit eating as much.  Sounds simple enough, right?  Wrong.  Many people find themselves with the uncontrollable urge to keep eating, even if they feel full.  Does this mean something is wrong them with?  Absolutely not. And best of all, there are steps a person can take to quit eating so much.

Here’s a quick overview of the communications that take place between the brain and the stomach

When a person eats, the brain and stomach start talking to each other.  The stomach will tell the brain that it is getting close to being full, and the brain tells the person that it’s time to put the fork down.  Sometimes, though, interruptions take place, and the person doesn’t receive the message from the brain that it’s time to quit eating because the stomach never tells the brain.

Have you ever heard of blowflies?  For these little creatures, when the stomach and brain don’t correspond with one another, they will eat until they explode (literally).  Fortunately, humans aren’t like that, but still yet, overeating does come with a wide array of negative consequences — obesity, high cholesterol, increased risk of stroke, etc.

Eating a well-balanced meal

One of the best ways to avoid overeating is by eating a well-balanced meal.  This means having a little bit of this and a little bit of that during each meal.  In doing this, you will have different foods that get digested at different rates.  For example, if you eat a steak and baked potato followed by a small piece of chocolate cake, then the cake will give you energy but it will be digested quickly.  The steak and baked potato will provide you with a long-lasting feeling of fullness, which will sustain you until your next meal.

Wait for the message

For most people, it takes about 10 to 20 minutes for the stomach to send the message to the brain that it’s getting full.  This is why many dietitians highly suggest that you quit eating after 10 minutes and wait for the message.  Most times, if you’re patient, your stomach will feel full and you’ll quit eating.  However, if you notice that you never feel full, then perhaps you aren’t eating the right foods, or there could be some type of interruption taking place within the communications that your stomach and brain share with one another.

If you would like more information on eating in moderation, or if you believe your brain and stomach are not communicating with each other effectively, make sure to contact us for a free phone consultation today.

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