Feeling Groggy after eating your Thanksgiving Meal? Or because you ate too much?
The Truth About L-Tryptophan
Turkey is a good source of L-tryptophan. It is an essential amino acid and not only is Tryptophan found in Turkey but it is also found in meat, cheese, yogurt, fish, and eggs. Turkey along with a glass of milk are also high in Tryptophan which in combination with the carbohydrates and everything else on your plate give you that feeling of the Sleepies.
Tryptophan is used by the body to make niacin, a B vitamin that is important for digestion, skin and nerves, and serotonin. Serotonin is a brain chemical that plays a large role in mood and can help to create a feeling of well-being and relaxation. When levels of serotonin are high, you’re in a better mood, sleep better, and have a higher pain tolerance.
So why the grogginess after eating turkey?
Thanksgiving can be a time when people overeat and usually eat other foods along with turkey that contain tryptophan, carbohydrates, and desserts or anything else yummy on their plate.
Don’t Blame the Turkey!
So, all of the mashed potatoes, green bean casseroles, pumpkin pie combined with our Thanksgiving Turkey can cause the grogginess we feel. The digestion process takes a lot of energy too which can make us groggy.
But, who wants to eat less on Thanksgiving? I would rather enjoy the food, the company and the relaxation!