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Here Are 3 Reasons Why Older Adults Should Always Eat Dinner Early

Apart from what you eat, the amount and timing of your meal also have an impact on your overall wellbeing. Modern lifestyle with hectic work schedules and long commute time has forced many people into irregular eating habits including late-night dinners. But these habits can cause chaos in your health causing weight gain, heart problems, and other troubles.

In this article, we’ll be discussing some reasons why older adults should always eat dinner early. Note that all findings in this article are gotten from a reputable health site WebMD.

Reason 1: Eating dinner early improves digestive system

If you eat food before getting in bed, food is not digested properly as lying down causes many problems like acid reflux, gas, bloating, or abdominal pain. All these problems are symptoms of indigestion, and the more gap you leave between dinner and sleep, the better your digestive system functions.

Reason 2: Eating an early dinner can help you burn fat, and lower your blood sugar

According to Mayoclinic, a recent study finds that eating a late dinner can cause weight gain and high blood sugar levels regardless of calories. Eating dinner at 10 p.m. instead of 6 p.m. may affect your blood glucose and the ability to burn fat.

Reason 3: Minimize the risk of heart attack

Out of all the advantages of early dinner, this is a crucial one. In general, when we sleep, our blood pressure is decreased by nearly 10%, which allows our body to rest. In the morning, before we wake up, it begins to increase. This pattern repeats daily. When we take dinner just before bedtime, this pattern gets disturbed and impacts your blood pressure. As blood pressure remains at a high level, there are more chances of a heart attack. Taking dinner early (3 hours before bed) decreases the risk of heart attack significantly.

Reason 4: Eating an early dinner improves sleep quality

According to Healthline, over stuffing or eating too close to your bed time can increase the risk of heartburn and indigestion, making it harder to fall asleep. Experts warn against bed time munchies as well. Eating late in the night leaves the body on a 'high alert' state, which interferes with the circadian rhythm. It also prevents our body from powering down. If on the other hand, food is taken earlier, it is not only digested better, you sleep well and wake up energised too.

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