Overeating…!

Have you ever wondered how overeating can impact your body’s physical and mental well being? And of course Social. There are people who think that after eating a heavy meal/overeating, they can compensate for the calorie intake by eating less the next day or by fasting. While that makes them feel less guilty, they forget the damage is done. The bio chemical process of digestion releases high doses of acid in the body making you feel sluggish and slow. So while you fast, you leave the body to deal with your fault of overeating.

One can never recover from the acid generated in the body due to overeating. It’s like dropping acid on your skin or clothes and trying to wipe it off with a cloth or a paper to minimize the damage caused, but the damage caused is inevitable. And irreversible.

So what makes us Overeat?

Overeating can happen due to various reason like  –  a particular liking for something, a certain craving or predilection, feeling extremely hungry due to not eating for a long gap, when one is enjoying and having fun, or also when one is depressed and angry etc. Whatever the reason might be, the acid generated in the body because of overeating is bound to damage your tissues.

Normally, a person doesn’t show signs of any serious disease till 30-40 years of age. But the symptoms do occur and are often ignored and considered normal. But the regular damage to the tissues can lead to permanent damage, which might not be visible in young age.

People think that if there is no symptom, there is no issue at hand and all is good. But that is not the case. The symptoms disappear as the acid gets absorbed by the tissues and makes it weaker in terms of body’s overall immunity. This gradual process of tissue damage leads to serious health issues in the middle age or even earlier depending upon the person.

Once the issue comes to surface, we naturally try to put the blame on our genetics and family’s background history of symptoms and diseases. If some rare issue comes to knowledge, we tag it on our luck and destiny. The reality is not the same. It is our own doing, our own ‘karma’ of overeating for 2-3 decades which then turns into a serious life threat.

Overeating leads to ingestion and causes multiple symptoms in the GI tract which includes –

1. Bloating

2. Acidity

3. Heartburn

4. Gases

5. Heaviness

6. Lethargy

7. Itch in the throat

8. Belching & burping

These symptoms go away once the acid moves from the GI tract and get absorbed in the
tissues. But, eating till one starts to feel pain from overeating due to
stretching of the stomach walls is a habit which is the underlying cause of all
leading health problems.

HELP AT HAND :-

Our stomach needs to be 1/3 empty and 2/3 full to suffice the calorie need of the body.
Some simple do’s and don’ts in one’s daily life can contribute in maintaining a
healthy body and mind.

1. Eat to live and not live to eat. Eat in accordance with your body’s natural function,
not to stretch your guts out.

2. Buy a food weighing scale.

3. Follow the basic principle of eating – two hands full of normal food.

4. The more fried or sweet stuff you consume, reduce half hand full for such a meal.

5. Focus on Balanced Meals. This includes fruits and water. Often we are careless and
forget the benefits they bring.

6. Keep the phones on silent. Concentrate on chewing the food and not swallowing.

Craving for something to eat or drink after you have just eaten is a sign of indigestion
caused by overeating. Eat to live and not eat to kill yourself by your guided
emotions.

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