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The real energy cost of food
Food-related processes consume a significant portion of daily energy expenditure. Digestion, absorption, transportation of nutrients in the bloodstream and their absorption by the cells are all very expensive processes for the body, not to mention growing, collecting and processing agricultural products, as well as making money to purchase it. Sometimes we spend more energy on food processing than we receive as a result of its absorption.
The transformation of food into fuel and building blocks for tissues is one of the most energy-intensive functions of the body.
Any abundant feast entails the desire to sleep, as the digestion of food consumes a lot of energy
The entire digestion process, from beginning to end, consumes a tremendous amount of energy. It is spent on the production of saliva and enzymes (during the purification program in your body, the content of enzymes will increase due to the consumption of large quantities of raw foods, thereby saving energy and maintaining the digestive process). Muscles need energy to reduce and push food into the stomach, which must produce digestive juices and supply digested food to the intestines. The pancreas and gallbladder produce substances necessary for the absorption of food - insulin and glucagon, respectively.
When food breaks down into sufficiently small molecules, they are absorbed by the intestinal walls and enter the bloodstream, after which these building blocks are transferred to different parts of the body, where they are absorbed by the cells and used to form tissues, carry out chemical reactions and for other purposes.
As a result, the process of digestion requires huge energy costs.
The process of food processing is completed approximately 8 hours after it is taken.
The more you eat, the longer the process of processing food lasts and the later the signal to start detoxification is activated
Since in the conditions of modern life during the day we eat many times, the need for energy is permanent. Often, nothing else is enough for her. Recall the traditional Thanksgiving dinner: the only possible activity after all this culinary abundance is nap.
Although each has its own theory explaining such a drastic decrease in energy levels - from drowsiness-causing tryptophan contained in turkey meat to an increase in blood alkali content as a result of an excessive amount of acid in the stomach - the fact remains: any heavy feast entails the desire to sleep, because the digestion of food consumes a lot of energy. This is characteristic of animals of all kinds. After a successful hunt and subsequent feast, the lions sleep for several days.
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