Why Thanksgiving Might Make You Sleepy

11.18.2011 |

Fun and useful Thanksgiving tips. Plus, it's short!

Well folks, it’s almost Turkey Day again. Last year I tackled some questions about tryptophan, and why Thanksgiving dinner can make you pass out on the floor in front of the football game.

Super-short version: tryptophan isn’t the culprit, gluttony is. When you gorge yourself, your body diverts blood away from your brain to help your gut deal with its newfound riches. Of course, it’s more interesting than that. Read the full article and see for yourself.

And, of course I’d be remiss if I didn’t offer you some science-based tips for not getting food poisoning at Thanksgiving dinner. Nobody wants to spend the holidays rushing to the bathroom, or worse.



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