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Why You Should Stop Snacking &/or Starving

Updated: Sep 4, 2023

In the symphony of our body's intricate systems, there's an ensemble of players that dictate our well-being. Among them, the vagus nerve, blood sugar, leptin, and cortisol take centre stage. The rhythm of our eating habits profoundly influences this performance, and finding the right tempo is key to orchestrating good health.

The Vagus Nerve: The Conductor of Digestion The vagus nerve, aptly named after the Latin word for "wandering," meanders from our brainstem through our body, touching our heart, lungs, and gut. It's the conductor of the orchestra, orchestrating the digestion process. When we eat, it signals our stomach to produce digestive juices and our intestines to absorb nutrients. However, for this conductor to perform at its best, it needs regular cues from our eating schedule. Blood Sugar: The Fuel of the Symphony Blood sugar, or glucose, is the fuel that powers our body's orchestra. It's essential to maintain stable levels. When we eat, our blood sugar rises, providing energy. But when we go too long without eating, the orchestra falters, and we experience drops in energy, focus, and mood. It's the delicate balance of glucose levels that keeps the symphony harmonious. Leptin: The Satiety Maestro Leptin, known as the "satiety hormone," plays a critical role in telling us when to stop eating. It's released by our fat cells and communicates with the brain to signal fullness. When we eat too frequently or consume imbalanced m

eals, this conductor becomes tone-deaf, leading to overeating and potential weight gain. Cortisol: The Stressful Dissonance Cortisol, our stress hormone, influences our eating patterns. Chronic stress can lead to cortisol imbalances, disrupting our meal rhythm. We might eat too much when stressed or forget to eat when overwhelmed. This dissonance can have detrimental effects on our overall health. The Harmonious Solution: Balanced Meals Every 4.5 to 5 Hours So, what's the solution to maintain this harmonious symphony? The answer lies in balanced meals spaced at regular intervals, approximately every 4.5 to 5 hours.

1. Stable Blood Sugar: Regular meals provide a steady stream of glucose, preventing energy crashes and mood swings. 2. Leptin Sensitivity: Balanced meals support healthy leptin levels, ensuring that you receive the "fullness" signal when you've had enough to eat.

3. Cortisol Regulation: A consistent eating schedule helps regulate cortisol levels, reducing stress-related disruptions to your meal rhythm. 4. Vagus Nerve Activation: The vagus nerve thrives on a predictable schedule, optimizing digestion and nutrient absorption. 5. Overall Health: This approach promotes metabolic health, weight management, and emotional well-being. In the grand performance of life, maintaining

a rhythmic eating pattern, like a well-conducted symphony, ensures that every player in your body's orchestra performs at its peak. So, savor the sweet melodies of balanced meals every 4.5 to 5 hours, and let your body's harmony resonate with good health and vitality.


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