An af­ter-din­ner stroll

First For Women - - Health -

Tak­ing a 10-minute walk af­ter din­ner can re­duce blood­sugar spikes by up to 22%, ac­cord­ing to re­searchers at the Uni­ver­sity of Otego in New Zealand. Dr. Pesca­tore ex­plains: “Even mod­est amounts of ex­er­cise com­bat post-meal blood-su­gar spikes by shunt­ing glu­cose into mus­cles so it can be used as fuel, and this study showed it’s es­pe­cially ef­fec­tive af­ter the evening meal.” What’s more, re­searchers re­port­ing in the jour­nal Clin­ics found that walk­ing af­ter din­ner prods the brain to pro­duce the sleepin­duc­ing hor­mone mela­tonin to help you fall asleep faster and get an ex­tra hour of deep sleep each night.

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