What Happens When You Overeat?

Overeating is something that happens when you’re stressed, bored, or just super hungry. It’s one of the biggest and most common causes of the deterioration of the digestive system. Those that make it a habit of overeating can be left with a stomach ache, bloating, constipation, heartburn, and even cramps. Many times it’s the food that we eat that make our stomachs hurt, but when you eat too much, it puts your digestive system under a lot of pressure, making it work harder, which could lead to bigger problems.

eatingAs you may already know, your stomach produces certain substances like stomach acids and enzymes that move food through the digestive tract and when you eat too much it just can’t handle the volume. When you put large portions of food into your stomach it can add pressure to the way you digest food, which results in heartburn. Eating a lot of fatty salty foods and fizzy drinks can lead to gas, cramping, and bloating.

Ever notice how tired you get when you overeat? This happens when the small intestine sends out signals to the brain that your body needs to take it easy, rest and digest. When you overeat your insulin levels go up and high insulin levels are associated to feeling really tired. This can lead to low blood sugar and exhaustion. Plus, after you wake up, you may feel hungry again.