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Epigallocatechin gallate, an antioxidant compound found abundantly in green tea, helps to reduce blood sugar spikes after starchy meals, in a lab animal model.
Individuals with telomeres in the shortest 10% may be 23% more likely to die in the three years following measurement of these DNA endcaps.
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Meditation training produces enduring changes in emotional processing that occurs in the brain.
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#88 - Exercise for a Great Night's Sleep
Physical exercise promotes faster time to sleep and improves progress through the stages of sleep:
– Moderate aerobic exercise three days a week has been found to promote sound sleep.
– Strength training exercise (including weightlifting) prompts the release of Human Growth Hormone (HGH), rising levels of which at night coincide with sleep (see Tip 43).
– Exercise strengthens bones and joints, thereby helping to alleviate pain that can be bothersome in falling or staying asleep NOTE: It is best to avoid exercising within the 2-4 hours before bedtime because of the hormone-releasing (and thus possibly stimulating) effect.