6 Reasons You Cough After Eating
1. Lack of oxygen in blood.
2. Oxygen deficiency occurs due to lack of food intake and drinking water, which are two common ways to avoid dehydration.
If you drink a glass of milk every half hour, your body will get enough oxygen for a few hours without any need for food or water.
3. If you do not eat during the day, your body does not have time to absorb all the nutrients from the food you ate before it goes into fat storage mode.
Fat cells store energy and provide extra protection against starvation. When your body starts storing fat, it gets very difficult to lose weight because there is no way to burn off those excess calories quickly.
Your metabolism slows down and you become less active than when you were at rest.
4. When you cough, your lungs are deprived of oxygen.
The airways work hard to expel the contents of the lungs through coughing. A cough is necessary to keep away harmful germs and other foreign bodies that may enter the respiratory tract.
However, if there is insufficient oxygen in the blood stream, then even a small amount of carbon dioxide (CO 2 ) in the blood will result in death. CO 2 levels rise when you breathe out.
5. It is important to maintain a proper balance between oxygen and blood CO 2 levels.
If there is too much oxygen in the blood, then the body will expel carbon dioxide through the lungs. If there is too much carbon dioxide in the blood, then the body will expel oxygen through the lungs.
6. The brain is extremely sensitive to both low oxygen and high carbon dioxide levels in the blood.
If you deprive your brain of oxygen for only four minutes, then it will die. This can cause loss of consciousness, which can lead to epileptic seizures and even death.
The brain can actually survive up to seven minutes without oxygen, provided that you are engaged in physical activity during those seven minutes.
7. According to research published in “Lung Cancer”, the most common type of lung cancer is non-small cell lung cancer.
It is also known as adenocarcinoma, bronchioalveolar carcinoma or squamous cell carcinoma. More than 85% of all lung cancers are caused by smoking.
The other 15% are linked to air pollution and radiation.
8. The 5 Year Survival Rate for lung cancer is only 17.
5% when diagnosed at an early stage. This falls to just 4.3% when diagnosed at a late stage.
9. The causes of coughing up blood are varied and need to be identified by a physician after a detailed examination and reviewing of your medical history.
10. If you have been coughing up blood for more than two weeks, it is best to see your doctor as soon as possible.
He may order a chest x-ray to identify any early signs of cancer or tuberculosis. A simple cough can also turn into a life threatening medical condition if left untreated.
11. Bloody noses can be caused by viral and bacterial infections, structural problems within the nose, trauma or foreign bodies within the nasal cavity.
12. Our body uses bones, muscles, joints, cartilage as well as other tissues to keep itself upright and stable.
These tissues need a constant supply of oxygen to keep them healthy and functioning correctly.
13. The human brain is extremely sensitive to lack of oxygen.
Decreases in oxygen can lead to irritability, apathy, loss of consciousness and even death.
14. While you can survive longer without food than you can without water, the physical and mental deterioration caused by lack of water is much slower than that caused by lack of food.
15. Your brain is only three percent of your body weight but consumes 20% of your body’s energy.
Because of this, even a minor reduction in oxygen can cause serious damage.
16. After 30 days of not eating, all of your muscle mass will be gone.
All fat reserves will be gone within 60 days and the breakdown of your skeletal tissue will begin after 90 days.
17. It takes the stomach about 45 minutes to produce enough acid to digest food.
18. The stomach normally holds between 1 and 2 liters of digestive juices.
19. When you are hungry, the blood flow to your brain increases.
But when you are full the blood flow to your stomach decreases. Therefore people often feel tired after a big meal.
20. Overindulgence in alcohol can cause dehydration because alcohol acts as a diuretic.
This means that it will increase urine production.
21. Alcohol suppresses the nervous system, and this can lead to unintentional actions.
22. Alcohol is metabolized into acetaldehyde, which is even more toxic than alcohol.
Acetaldehyde is then metabolized into acetate, which is the same product that occurs when fatty acids are broken down in fat cells. The acetate is then released into the bloodstream and converted into energy or used in other cellular processes. This is why people often eat more when they drink alcohol.
23. Alcohol can affect brain functions, including the ability to form memories.
24. During one drink, blood alcohol concentration (BAC) reaches a peak of 0.025 percent.
This is equivalent to two shots of vodka for a person weighing 154 pounds.
25. Alcohol is metabolized at the rate of approximately an ounce per hour.
This means that if you drink three drinks in an hour, your BAC will be 0.057 percent.
26. When a person drinks on an empty stomach or stops drinking, they will experience the feeling of ‘the spins’.
This feeling is caused by the redistribution of Alcohol within your body.
27. The liver can metabolize about one ounce of alcohol per hour.
Therefore if you drink three drinks in an hour, all the alcohol will be metabolized by your liver alone.
28. Alcohol cannot pass through the blood-brain barrier.
29. Alcohol passes through every other organ barrier.
This is why alcohol causes dehydration and dry mouth.
30. A person who drinks more than three drinks per hour will not have a chance for their body to metabolize all the alcohol.
This is why people often throw up after drinking too much. The alcohol leaves their system before it has a chance to be metabolized by the liver, resulting in intoxicating effects similar to an overdose.
31. The body needs about an hour to metabolize one drink.
32. After a person vomits from overdrinking, it can take up to twenty-four hours for the alcohol to leave their system entirely.
33. Alcohol is a depressant that affects the way nerves transmit messages.
Alcohol affects the part of the brain that controls balance and coordination, causing slurred speech and loss of muscular coordination.
34. Alcohol is a diuretic, which means that it causes the body to excrete more urine than usual.
35. It takes about an hour for a person to feel the effects of alcohol after drinking.
36. Alcohol is metabolized at the rate of about one ounce per hour.
37. The liver can metabolize only one ounce of alcohol every hour.
38. Alcohol can cause temporary difficulty with balance and motor skills.
39. It takes about one hour for alcohol to reach the brain.
40. The effects of alcohol last longer than the actual effects of alcohol.
It can take up to a day for all the alcohol to leave your system. This is why people can feel intoxicated even after drinking has stopped.
41. Alcohol causes loss of muscular control.
42. Alcohol can cause vomiting.
43. Alcohol causes decreased blood flow to the brain.
44. Alcohol can cause sleepiness and dizziness.
45. Alcohol can cause blurred vision.
46. Alcohol affects short-term memory, balance, and coordination.
47. Alcohol increases the risk of having or causing an accident.
48. Alcohol can leave you dehydrated and sick to your stomach.
49. Alcohol can cause slurred speech.
50. Alcohol can make you drowsy and cause you to fall asleep.
51. Alcohol affects the part of the brain that can cause mood swings and loss of emotional control.
52. Alcohol causes difficulty with fine motor skills such as typing or texting or playing a musical instrument.
53. Alcohol can cause dizziness, drowsiness, and headaches.
54. Alcohol is a depressant.
55. Alcohol in any form causes decreased blood flow to the brain and dehydration.
56. Alcohol abuse can lead to decreased liver function.
57. Alcohol can cause increased risk of cancer, heart attacks, and strokes.
58. Alcohol affects everyone differently.
Some people can ‘hold their liquor’ and not get sick after drinking, while others can get sick after only one drink.
59. Alcohol affects muscle control, vision, hearing, speech, and clear thinking.
60. Long-term alcohol abuse can make you look much older than you actually are and can lead to serious health problems.
61. Alcohol use during pregnancy can lead to fetal alcohol syndrome in children, which causes delayed growth and learning disabilities.
62. Alcohol is a toxin that is processed by the body.
63. Alcohol increases the risk of contracting sexually transmitted disease.
64. Alcohol causes increased dehydration.
65. Alcohol causes decreased blood flow to all organs, including the brain.
66. Alcohol is a drug that depresses the central nervous system, slows down and dulls reflexes, and impairs judgment.
67. Alcohol can cause a variety of problems including car crashes, suicide, violence, and sexually transmitted diseases.
68. Alcohol is a depressant that slows down the thought process and judgement.
69. Alcohol can cause delusions and hallucinations.
70. Alcohol can cause lack of muscle coordination and changes in visual, auditory, and sensory perceptions.
71. Alcohol can cause nausea, vomiting, and physical dependency.
72. Alcohol is a social drug that is illegal for youth under 21 in the United States.
73. You must be 21 years of age to legally purchase alcohol in the United States.
74. The average cost of a pint of beer is $4.00.
75. The average cost of a bottle of wine is $7.00.
76. The cost of purchasing alcohol beverage products is usually less expensive when purchased in bulk.
77. Alcohol is not recommended for children and can stunt growth.
78. Alcohol slows reaction time and impairs judgment.
79. Alcohol reduces pain tolerance and impairs vision.
80. Alcohol poisoning can kill you, even if you are a teenager.
81. Alcohol can interact poorly with other drugs and cause severe health risks.
82. Alcohol is a depressant that slows down the thought process and judgment.
83. Alcohol is a toxin that is processed by the liver.
Best of luck to you in the future and whatever you chose to do! 🙂
To: Sabrina Carver
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