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Your Dining Habits Can Affect Your Weight and Lifespan

What, and how you eat at dinner can determine your health. (Image: StockSnap/Pixabay)
What, and how you eat at dinner can determine your health. (Image: StockSnap/Pixabay)

Scientists have found that many diseases originate from bad eating habits at dinner. Depending on your diet, it can either increase or decrease your risk of disease later in life.

Dinner linked to obesity

About 90 per cent of obese people eat too much at dinner, allowing extra calories to develop into fat. Nutrition expert Lawrence J. Cheskin, M.D., director of the Johns Hopkins Weight Management Center suggests: “The USDA counsels that dinner should add up to about 450 and 625 calories, based on a diet of 1800 to 2300 calories a day for women, and 2000 to 2500 calories per day for men. But some nutritionists, and experts think it can be much less than that — as little as 20 to 25 per cent of daily calories.

Over-eating increases the risk of diabetes

Over-eating at dinner on a long term basis triggers over-secretion of insulin, increasing the burden on the digestive system, and consequently developing diabetes. Livestrong.com says, “Eating big meals can cause your blood sugar levels to increase dramatically. If you are otherwise healthy, your body has a system to quickly usher the blood sugar out of your blood, and into the cells where it belongs. However, if you have a condition like insulin resistance or diabetes, the consequences of big meals on blood sugar levels are more dire. Repeat overdoses of food can set the stage for chronically elevated blood sugar levels, which can damage your organs.”

Protein digestive issues can trigger cancer

Over-eating at dinner prevents proteins from being totally digested. Being exposed to the bacteria in the intestines will produce toxic elements, which increase the risk of cancer.

Dr. David Klein explains the toxic effects of over-eating, saying: “When we eat unwisely, whether in our choice of food or in our manner of eating — we do have digestive limitations — nutrients decompose in our gut via the action of bacteria.”

“Under this scenario fermentive, and putrefactive bacteria decompose the food matter, weakening the intestinal tract, impairing nutrient absorption, defiling our entire body with pathological substances, impairing our mental functions and causing fatigue. This condition is known as ‘toxicosis’ — general bodily toxicity or ‘auto-intoxication’ — or less formally as ‘food drunkenness’; it impairs our health and eventually imperils our life.”

Overeating at dinner can increase the risk of cancer. (Image: Wechat)

Overeating at dinner can increase the risk of cancer. (Image: Wechat)

Calcification of the urinary tract

Our body starts to expel calcium four or five hours after dinner by urinating. If one eats too late, and is asleep when the process starts, the calcium that accumulates in the body will crystallize and form stones.

Highly concentrated protein

If one eats in food rich in protein, and calories at dinner the liver will be induced to produce low-density lipid, increasing the risk of many potential illnesses. A large percentage of food rich in fat, and calories at dinner will increase the level of cholesterol that accumulates on the vessel wall, and induce coronary disease.

Meat lowers blood pressure

A large percentage of meat at dinner slows down the blood circulation, consequently accumulating lipids on the vessel wall that causes the contraction of arterioles.

A large percentage of meat at dinner slows down blood circulation. (Image: Wechat)

A large percentage of meat at dinner slows down the blood circulation. (Image: Wechat)

Digestion continues through the night

Over-eating at dinner on a long term basis makes the intestines, liver, and gallbladder continue to work even after one falls asleep, preventing the brain from having a rest. This causes the brain to be in a more active state, which can induce sleeplessness, nervous breakdowns, and more.

Inadequate blood supply will also interfere with the metabolism of brain cells, and speed up aging.

Overeating at dinner can decrease sleep quality. (Image: Wechat)

Over-eating at dinner can decrease sleep quality. (Image: Wechat)

Our tips:

  1. Eat less at dinner and a fixed quantity is better; do not over-eat.
  2. Eating before 7pm is best.
  3. Eat more vegetables than meat.
  4. Refrain from eating food rich in fat, calories, calcium, and chemicals that induce flatulence.
So what's for your dinner? (Image: Alexas_Fotos/Pixabay)

So what’s for dinner at your place? (Image: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain)

 

Translated research by Audrey Wang and Alan Cheung.

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