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Try a mini fast


Extending the time you go without food turns on SIRT1, a gene that lowers blood sugar, says Dr. Gottfried. And it’s surprising­ly easy to do: She suggests fasting for 12 to 18 hours once or twice a week—closing the kitchen at 7 PM and not eating again until 7 AM or later. Bonus: These mini fasts can boost energy, says Dr. Gottfried. “Intermitte­nt fasting helps repair the glucose/insulin relationsh­ip, so you feel more sharp.”

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