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Can you slowly train your body to need less and less sleep to be healthy?

Can you slowly train your body to need less and less sleep to be healthy?

No: There are several phases of sleep and one of the most important levels for maximum rest and renovation is delta phase. This is the deepest level of sleep in which hgh (human growth hormone) is released influencing every cell to restore and recharge. It takes time to get to this level of sleep and time to be at this level during sleep to be and stay healthy. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sleep (Definition)

Sleep is a topic that involves concepts such as how long it takes to fall asleep, how many times one wakes up at night, how many hours one sleeps at night, sleep stages, ...Read more


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If you take 1 to 2mg melatonin, will your body adapt which will result in you making less so you need more?

If you take 1 to 2mg melatonin, will your body adapt which will result in you making less so you need more?

Doubtful : When people's sleep cycle is off, melatonin my mouth can help it adjust back to normal. staying out of bright light is also helpful. Your dose is very low. Some people require 10 to 15 mg. It has no toxic effects and does not interact with any other medications. Reduce your dose to zero once your sleep cycle is back to normal. ...Read more

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How often can you need to do workouts that increase metabolism to keep it up?

How often can you need to do workouts that increase metabolism to keep it up?

Add weight training: Aerobic (running, biking, swimming, elliptical, etc...) exercise increases metabolism only for the duration of that exercise. If you want to keep your metabolism going after your workout has stopped you need to add weight lifting to your program. Not light dumbell exercises, but real lifts like squat, deadlift, heavy kettlebells, etc... Work with a trainer and ramp up slowly. ...Read more

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How to prevent diabetes and i want a program to gain weight and some exercices to become more strengther and to be a healthier man?

How to prevent diabetes and i want a program to gain weight and some exercices to become more strengther and to be a healthier man?

Opposing goals?: Diabetes especially type II is linked to obesity. Thus unless all you gain is muscle, the extra fat will make your body less responsive to insulin making you more at risk for diabetes. Be sure to do both aerobic exercise and weight training. Avoid too much carbohydrate. ...Read more

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Can you please help to make my body less tired and sleep less?

Can you please help to make my body less tired and sleep less?

May not..: It may not be possible... Our bodies need 6 to 8 hours of sleep to stay healthy and maximize our performance. Although everyone is slightly different, we need a certain amount of sleep and if we get less we will suffer and we will need to repay the lost sleep at some time.. ...Read more

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What causes you to need more calories per day to maintain your weight if your a heavier person?

What causes you to need more calories per day to maintain your weight if your a heavier person?

Metabolism: To determine ideal intake for your size take your weight in pounds, multiply by 10, and add to that 10-30% depending on how much activity you engage in. Below that amount would be interpreted by your body as starvation and send it into starvation mode which includes to conserve fat stores. ...Read more

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If people work to stay slim, can they be reasonably certain to avoid getting sleep apnea?

If people work to stay slim, can they be reasonably certain to avoid getting sleep apnea?

No: Body weight is but one risk factor for sleep apnea. A significant number of people with sleep apnea have a normal bmi. The risk of sleep apnea increases with age regardless of weight. In brief, your chances are better if you stay slim, but you are far from certain. ...Read more

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Do you have to eat a little more calories than your maintenance level when you're injured so that you can recover faster?

Do you have to eat a little more calories than your maintenance level when you're injured so that you can recover faster?

Yum Yum: Injured tissue relies on some essential vitamin, minerals and proteins to help with the repair. These include Vitamins A,C, foods rich in omega 3 fatty acids like salmon. Zinc is thought to help with repair. Zinc can be found in chicken and nuts. Of course proteins as found in beef, chicken and eggs. ...Read more

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How long do children need to play outside to stay healthy to lose some weight or to not gain any more weight?

How long do children need to play outside to stay healthy to lose some weight or to not gain any more weight?

1 hour a day: Children need at least one hour a day of active play to stay healthy. If a child is significantly overweight or obese, more may be recommended. Childhood obesity experts emphasize that since children are still growing, it may not be a matter of loosing weight, but keeping the weight steady, to "grow into" a healthier body mass index as they get taller. ...Read more

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Can extremely shorten psoas cause you to lose strength in your abdominals causing you not to be able to breathe correctly thank you?

Can extremely shorten psoas cause you to lose strength in your abdominals causing you not to be able to breathe correctly thank you?

Psoas is not invo-: -lved in breathing. It is a hip flexor & external rotation. See your PCP & find the reason for your abdominal weakness as well as your breathing trouble. I would assume the abdominals need exercise. ...Read more

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How might you increase your body metabolism in order to naturally use more energy?

How might you increase your body metabolism in order to naturally use more energy?

Balanced diet and ex: You can increase your metabolism by eating many small meals a day vs. Fewer larger meals. Studies show that eating smaller portions 6 times a day , regularly, speeds up your metabolism. Supplements such as ginsing and vit b. May help but ultimately it's important to maintain a balanced diet and to exercise frequently. Your md or dietitian may be able to provide other recommendations for you.. ...Read more

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If you have low thyroid, will it be more difficult to get physically fit? Will you be exhausted more easily when working out?

If you have low thyroid, will it be more difficult to get physically fit?  Will you be exhausted more easily when working out?

Yes: Hypothyroidism can cause weight gain, cold intolerance, and a generalized lack of energy. I would not hesitate to be seen if you think you are having problems with your thyroid. ...Read more

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Can you lose weight through dieting and walking alone? Would it be beneficial for me to go to the gym?

Can you lose weight through dieting and walking alone? Would it be beneficial for me to go to the gym?

Weight loss: Yes you can, although muscle burns more calories and having more muscle from lifting weights will increase metabolism to increase weight loss. ...Read more

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If you are on a low carb and more protein diet try to loose weight some time you can have uncomfortable very thin stools how to avoid them?

If you are on a low carb and more protein diet try to loose weight some time you can have uncomfortable very thin stools how to avoid them?

High fiber CHO: As a certified sports nutritionist I urge you to focus on overall caloric restriction as opposed to restriction of important macro and micro nutrients. Healthy carbohydrate (CHO) associated with weight loss and intestinal health is high fiber & condensed in nutrients like fresh vegetables, nuts, seeds, legumes, berries and select grains. The average male can loose weight on a 2000 kcal day diet! ...Read more

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Which foods are the best to eat if you want to gain weight?

Which foods are the best to eat if you want to gain weight?

Foods to help with: Healthy weight gain: almonds, cashews, pecans, sunflower seeds, flax seeds, walnuts, hummus, avocadoes, granola, trail mix, dried fruits, extra virgin olive oil, canola oil, protein shakes, protein bars, lean meats, poultry, fish, smoothies (with added silken tofu or powdered milk), greek yogurt (full –fat), pasta/ bagels ; use of juice rather than soda. Some people add whey proteins. ...Read more

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I exercise daily and want to be able to maintain enough energy, and benefit my body (metabolism especially) at the same time. Any suggestions?

I exercise daily and want to be able to maintain enough energy, and benefit my body (metabolism especially) at the same time. Any suggestions?

Balanced diet and ex: You can increase your metabolism by eating many small meals a day vs. Fewer larger meals. Studies show that eating smaller portions 6 times a day, regularly, speeds up your metabolism. Supplements such as ginsing and vit b. May help but you may also want to get your hormone levels checked, especially your thyroid. Optimizing your hormone lvls can benefit both your body and your metabolism. ...Read more

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If you are anorexic as a teen but then start eating again, will you be able to grow to your height potential and will your boobs get bigger?

If you are anorexic as a teen but then start eating again, will you be able to grow to your height potential and will your boobs get bigger?

Varies a lot: Whether or not an ex-anorexic older teen can achieve her genetically pre-destined height and breast size depends on how malnourished she was, how long she was anorexic, when her genetically programmed growth teen growth spurt was, and how her weight and nutrition are now. If she suffered significant starvation during her growth spurt years, she is unlikely to regain what she lost. ...Read more

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