Sometimes after having food you may feel heated up but when you start feeling cold after eating, here are the reasons why you feel like that.
It is quite common for you to feel hot after having any spicy food and this is quite common. But feeling cold or feeling like your temperature has gone down may seem weird and unusual. If you are having ice cream or any other frozen items during the winter months it is quite common for you to feel cold. This is completely a different scenario and it is quite common for you to feel cold during the winter season. But normally if you are feeling cold after having normal food then there are certain reasons for it. You may feel chilly and sometimes your hands and feet become cold.
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Is there any relation between food and the temperature of your body?
Yes, this is somewhat true. The food that you consume on a regular basis may affect your body temperature. This is because the digestive process goes through several chemical reactions and this may result in a slight increase in body temperature. But if you are someone who witnesses a cold chill after having food then you may feel weird about it. Why some people feel cold after eating is quite a controversial topic but yes, there are certain possible reasons for this.
Reasons why we feel cold after eating
The various reasons why we may feel cold after eating are as follows.
1. Eating low-calorie foods
If you are someone who’s consuming less amount of calories or taking food that is low in calories you may feel cold. Calories are needed in your body so that you can get enough energy to perform your daily work routine. Calories are indirectly related to the temperature of your body.
If you are someone who is on their weight loss journey and taking up low-calorie food every day to get quick results, your body temperature may remain less due to this. If your body is not getting enough calories it will try to compensate by reducing your body temperature and saving energy. Under such conditions along with no proper intake of nutrition, can lead to the feeling of cold not only after having food but at certain times.
2. Intermittent fasting
Intermittent fasting can be a reason why you feel cold almost instantly after having food. Fasting is very famous in India because of its several rituals. Fasting can lead to low body temperatures as it decreases the overall blood sugars in your body and puts your body in a state of high stress. Prolonged fasting is never recommended and should be avoided.
3. Eating too spicy foods
Eating too spicy foods can cause a rise in the temperature of your body. How does eating spicy foods can cause the body temperature to go down? Well, there are certain foods that actually can decrease the body temperature indirectly. For example, capsaicin present in jalapeño when consumed makes you feel heated up due to its chilly flavor. Under such conditions, you sweat and sweating leads to cooling down of temperature in your body. There are other foods that make you sweat and the results remain the same. Too much sweating can gradually lower your body temperature and makes you feel cold.
If you have anemia it is quite possible for you to feel cold after having lunch or dinner. This is because people with anemia lack enough RBCs in their bodies. Less number of RBCs in your body generally means low oxygen and low oxygen have a direct relation to decreased body temperature. This is another possible reason why you feel cold after having food.
Hypothyroidism generally means low levels of thyroid hormones in your body. Low levels of thyroid hormones in the body will affect the digestive process and will make you feel cold. Moreover, if you have hypothyroidism your metabolism slows down which is again responsible for making you feel cold.
6. Uncontrolled diabetes
Uncontrolled diabetes can be a major reason why you feel cold almost instantly after eating. Uncontrolled diabetes leads to peripheral neuropathy which results in dropping your body temperature and making you feel cold. Peripheral neuropathy generally refers to the damage of nerves outside the brain and spinal cord. And this actually causes numbness and a chilly feeling. You may also feel chills and shaking if you have IPS (Idiopathic postprandial syndrome) as there are researches that say so.
7. Eating cold foods
Eating frozen foods like icecreams or beverages, especially during the winter months may cause an imbalance in the overall body temperature and will definitely lead to your body temperature going down. Under such scenarios, the chances of even developing fever and flu may rise up.
Feeling cold after having food almost instantly can be concluded as a minor issue. Your body temperature may be slightly decreased after having food and one does not need to panic about it. Things get serious when the feeling of cold increases or when you experience this every now and then. Under such circumstances, you should definitely consult a doctor regarding this.