When asked what his name was, old Uncle Lester used to respond, “Call me anything but late for supper.” Once in a while Uncle Lester came up with a good idea but looking back, this might have been one of his best.
Many of us eat dinner late because of work schedules. Some of us snack late at night out of habit or boredom. Even if you have what seems like a valid reason for eating late, it won’t change the impact it has on your body.
Our bodies, just like everything in this universe, have cycles. We rise in the morning, rest at night. Eating right before going to bed is giving your body a job just as it is about to shut down. Late-night eating forces your body to use energy for digestion and, as you lie down to sleep with a full stomach, the digestion process becomes slow and inefficient. This “bogging down” may cause bloating, gas and discomfort. Your stomach and colon have trouble trying to operate horizontally and your body cannot fully rejuvenate itself for the next morning. This also hinders your toxin elimination process, which is so important for the healing and recovery necessary for all body functions.