Eating Too Close To Bedtime Can Be Hazardous To Your Health

September 1, 2016

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Hectic schedules can lead to some skipped or late meals.  But if you are close to your bedtime or it is after 7pm, you should skip that missed meal as experts warn millions of people are in danger of heart attacks and strokes for eating too late. Heart experts advise that adults should never eat within two hours of bedtime and ideally nothing after 7pm. The reason is your blood pressure. For a healthy person, your blood pressure drops by at least 10%.  Eating late, when your body is supposed to be winding down forces your body to digest food and rather than relax, it works.  That's bad news for your blood pressure, which doesn't dip down when you nod off and can lead to high blood pressure problems of heart attacks and strokes. People who do not see their blood pressure fall at night are known as 'non-dippers' and have a much higher rate of heart-related death, as revealed in a study of over 700 people with high blood pressure. The study found those who ate within two hours of going to bed were almost three times more likely to retain high blood pressure overnight. The advice for you is to not skip breakfast, eat lunch and a small dinner meal. The findings add to a growing body of evidence which suggests keeping all meals to within a fixed period of time and that fasting at night can have a wide range of health benefits.

SOURCE: Daily Mail

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