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April 4, 2012

Tips for Healthy Living: Easy, Relaxing, Non-Stressful Secrets for Losing Fat

Tips for Healthy Living

We’ve partnered with Dr. Doug Husbands of Holistic Health Bay Area to bring you a new set of Tips for Healthy Living. Dr. Husbands is a functional medicine doctor, clinical nutritionist, anti-aging health practitioner and doctor of chiropractic. I appreciate that he encourages visiting the doctor to focus on staying healthy instead of only visiting when you’re sick.– Carmelo Sigona

Easy, Relaxing, Non-Stressful Secrets for Losing Fat

By Dr. Douglas Husbands

Unstable insulin levels promote fat deposition. Since sleep is such an important component for stabilizing insulin, we’ll discuss safe and effective non-drug methods for improving sleep. Also, some tips on safe-for-almost-everyone nutritional substances and homeopathics for assisting getting a better night’s sleep.

Be Like a Vampire

No bright light source shining into the eyes 30 minutes or less before bedtime. This includes avoiding computers and the “boob tube” right before bed. Light coming in through the eyes suppresses the rise of melatonin, a hormone which prepares our body for sleep. For some, even the teeniest little emission of light from the phone console or a night-light can disrupt sleep. Wearing a face mask can be helpful for some. Have the bedroom as dark as possible for a good and deep night’s sleep.

Protein Fed, But Not Full

Don’t go to bed hungry – but don’t try to sleep right after a heavy meal. Have a protein source right before bed to help you sleep, like a small piece of turkey or chicken, or a small glass of coconut or goat’s milk. For convenience, you can use a scoop of whey protein powder in a glass of coconut or goat’s milk and chug that down 30 minutes before bed. This keeps your blood sugar more stable during the night without interfering with nighttime growth hormone output. (Less nighttime growth hormone output equals less recuperation and repair.) Warning: A cracker, cookie, bread or starchy carbohydrate right before bed raises insulin and blunts growth hormone output – and is a great way to slowly get fat!

No Caffeine Near Bedtime

This is a no-brainer, but many people don’t realize they are sabotaging their sleep by doing this so we’re mentioning it here. No caffeine less than three hours before bedtime!

Watch the Alcohol

Some people benefit from a small glass of wine one hour before bed to help them sleep but more than that will hinder your sleep. Alcohol is sugar and too much sugar will raise insulin and suppress growth hormone output during the night.

Calcium/Magnesium

Taking a capsule of 500 mg calcium citrate with 500 mg magnesium citrate without food right before bed not only helps you get to sleep, but also can help you sleep more deeply.

Homeopathics

Coffea cruda (30 c concentration), about 4 pellets (without food or water) every 20 minutes until you get to sleep is often effective for insomnia. Chamomilla, Aconite and Nux Vomica (6 c or 30 c) can also be helpful for sleep.

About Dr. Doug:
Dr. Douglas Husbands is a Functional Medicine Doctor, Clinical Nutritionist, Anti-Aging Health Practitioner, and Doctor of Chiropractic. As a health advocate and coach, he is dedicated to achieving optimal health through resolving the underlying disease processes through diet, nutrition and lifestyle modification. To contact Dr. Doug, call 650-394-7470 or visit http://www.HolisticHealthBayArea.com

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