One of the most important parts of my Today’s the Day plan is that clients stop eating for the day by 7 pm. This way even if they are in bed by 9, they will have at least 2 hours between eating and going to bed. I have long been an advocate for keeping the evening meal early and relatively light. I feel you sleep better when your body isn’t busy trying to digest a heavy, late meal and your organs are then free to do their nightly cleansing and replenishing.
Well I just read some recent research that shows eating your evening meal earlier, or leaving an interval of at least two hours before going to bed, is linked with a lower risk of breast and prostate cancer. According to the research those who waited at least 2 hours before going to bed as well as those who ate before 9 pm as opposed to 10 pm or later had about a 20% lower risk of breast or prostate cancer.
While the researchers are not sure exactly why this is so, they believe it has to do with how the timing of meals affects our ability to metabolize it. Perhaps if this research is confirmed, this may be a very simple change people can make to lower their risk for certain cancers. Wouldn’t it be great if it was just that simple?
Do you typically eat meals later or is your last meal of the day relatively early? Does this information encourage you to make a change?
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