The Importance of Timing Your Meals – May 24th, 2015


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May 24th, 2015

The Importance of Timing Your Meals

I discovered another great reason for meal spacing and not eating too close to bedtime.

Turns out the migrating motor complex, which starts at the bottom of your stomach and goes through your small intestine, is very sensitive to food timing, just like blood sugar.

In fact, the migrating motor complex shuts down for 4 hours after eating. The migrating motor complex is responsible for moving undigested food and “bugs” along the digestive tract towards the large intestine. Failure of the migrating motor complex to do its job is one of the root causes of small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO). So practice what you teach and teach this to your clients, especially if they have a lot of gas and bloating.


Here are some interesting articles if you want to learn more:

So next time you feel your GI Tract rumbling in-between meals, enjoy the process. It’s moving the indigestible food and bugs downstream to prevent bacterial overgrowth in the small intestine.