We eat too late:
BETTER BEFORE 7 PM
For many people, dinner is the largest meal of the day, because it’s the easiest way to integrate one’s family into the workday pattern. Work often determines our life rhythms this way.
But our everyday priorities should really be our physiological and psychological needs. Our digestive system works hardest between 5 a.m. and 5 p.m., and then the large intestine goes into standby mode.
It’s better if we ask it to work when it’s in active mode rather than when it’s resting, or in self-cleaning mode, or when it’s producing hormones or taking care of an infection. One sleeps best on an empty stomach, after all!
Concerning food: nighttime gourmets, who like to eat after 7 p.m., ask too much of their stomachs and large intestines. This leads to sleeping badly, because the liver and colon then have to work overtime. Late dinners sit longer than necessary in the colon, ferment, and decay.
Above all, avoid raw foods; they’re fine for breakfast and lunch, but please, don’t eat them later in the day! The large intestine has to really exert itself to digest raw fruit and vegetables.
As it tires, towards evening, it’s less able to digest raw foodstuffs, and so they’ll ferment in the gut. Fermentation is good for barrels of wine, but in the gut, it’s out of place. Fermentation also causes bloating in the belly, which consists of toxic unrefined alcohols like butanol, propanol, and/or methane. This creates a hefty workload for the liver.
There have been patients suffering from chronic exhaustion and bloating who end up being profiled as alcoholics because of the results of their liver tests. They have the so-called “self-brewing syndrome”: they’ve become internally intoxicated with the help of their own intestinal flora, mainly yeast. They lose their clearheaded thinking.
What about dinner invitations? Then you’ll eat out, of course, because for every rule, there’s an exception. You’ll go back to taking care of yourself over the following days, when you return to your “clever eating” habits and avoid eating too late.
Skipping dinner allows the “sleep hormone” melatonin to build up. And if you snore, your partner will suddenly miss a certain familiar, grating, sleep-robbing noise!