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What causes "food coma"?

What causes "food coma"?

Bodily hormones: The body shifts from intense hunting for food to calm digestion following a heavy meal. This is the result of hormone shifts within the body. Some persons have more dramatic hormone shifts than others. Some foods induce these hormone shifts or even contain hormones that help shift body function. This is especially prominent at thanksgiving! alcohol adds to the effects. ...Read more

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I've eaten too much. Whats the best way to get over a "food coma"?

I've eaten too much. Whats the best way to get over a "food coma"?

Mild Exercise: The "food coma" is a result of blood moving from your arms, legs and brain to your gut to digest the food which also requires energy. After consuming large meals your body may feel lethargic. Try walking or doing mild non-stressful activities during this time to keep blood flowing to other parts of your body. Eating smaller meals more frequently will also reduce the effects of said "coma". ...Read more

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What can I do to minimize the effects of food coma other than eating less per meal?

Easy does it: Eat smaller, frequent meals instead of 3 large meals. Eat less fattening foods. Don't relax after eating; go for a walk. ...Read more

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I have had severe food comas and food-induced insomnia for months. These symptoms appear related to portion sizes rather than specific foods. Causes?

I have had severe food comas and food-induced insomnia for months. These symptoms appear related to portion sizes rather than specific foods. Causes?

Neuro-reflex: When the stomach becomes full there is a neurological reflex that tries to shut down the body in order to facilitate digestion. This causes a state of severe lethargy (coma?). However the body also stays alert to protect from danger - unable to sleep. You are expressing more of this reflex than normal. Get a thorough medical evaluation. Try frequent small meals with less carbohydrates. ...Read more

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What's the difference between food coma and diabetic coma?

What's the difference between food coma and diabetic coma?

They are different: Food coma is a common term used to describe the sleepiness experienced after a large meal. It is not a medical term. Diabetic coma can occur when the blood sugar is very high or very low. Either one is a serious medical emergency. ...Read more

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Why can't I ever stay awake after having some things? Ex. Lettuce, spinach, berry smoothie. I thought "food comas" happen with high fat/large meals?

Why can't I ever stay awake after having some things? Ex. Lettuce, spinach, berry smoothie. I thought "food comas" happen with high fat/large meals?

Other causes?: You are correct! Lettuce and spinach should absolutely not induce a " food coma" Think about other causes of daytime sleepiness as not enough evening sleep? Other medications? Mood? Other factors? ...Read more

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My mam she is 50 years old was unconscious since 8 month the doctors says the cause she got coma was she did not take food for long time and the MRI r?

Unlikely reason: Starvation is not the usual cause to go into coma, you may not be knowing all the facts , have to speak to the doctor , she may have other associated diseases , bad diabetic may have taken excessive Insulin accidentally , stroke etc. Most likely she had all the required tests , . ...Read more

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Mom got feeded through food tube.mom got lung infection and lung failure and she in coma Will it cause aspiration. Will aspiration cause coma?pls hlp

Mom got feeded through food tube.mom got lung infection and lung failure and she in coma
 Will it cause aspiration. Will aspiration cause coma?pls hlp

Mgt discussion/ICU: If food contents get into the lung in large amounts, an infection may result. The coma may be a result of loss of oxygen to the brain, but I would discuss having an EEG performed and a brain MRI with the ICU physicians. If this has been done, schedule a time to meet with the doctor or head nurse to discuss your mom's condition. I hope that your mom recovers. ...Read more

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What causes a coma?

What causes a coma?

Coma : Think of the brain as having a wake and sleep center. When something bad happens to the wake center of the brain, it can no longer do its job to keep the brain awake in the spectrum of maintaining cousiousess. This can be from an anatomic/structural and/or physiological problem. Some of these are reversible and some are unfortunately not. ...Read more

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What can cause a coma?

Brain injury: Deep centers of the brain control the ability to react to our environment and control our basic needs. When these deep centers are damaged we lose the ability to react and control. This is described as a state of coma. Brain swelling, brain infection, brain hemorrhage, stroke, trauma, all can result in a state of coma. Recovery depends on the degree of initial damage. ...Read more

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