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There is a clear link between lack of sleep and things like poor brain function, obesity, heart disease and headaches. In fact significant research identifies that sleep deprivation and the resultant poor brain function, is a contributory factor in obesity, because those affected tend to eat more calories during the day. So, if you regularly get less than 6 hours of sleep a day in the course of your week, you could be giving your body a real kicking!
Ok, it’s a bit more complicated than that, but scientifically that’s effectively what you do. Over the last decade or so, a number of studies have traced what happens to the molecules that make up fat, and concluded that around 70 to 80% are exhaled as Carbon Dioxide, the invisible gas that you breathe out. Significantly, and contrary to popular opinion, most of it is not removed via heat during exercise, or in your faeces, which is actually largely made up of bacteria (including gut microbes), indigestible fibre, cholesterol, old blood and body cells, and water.
Here’s a run down of a few including their benefits and where to find them –
This is a powerful antihistamine, which helps to ward off the runny nose and sore eyes associated with Hayfever. Histamine is released by white blood cells and basophils as an allergic immune response, and it’s this release that causes the unpleasant symptoms mentioned. It’s thought Quercetin helps prevent or reduce this release, diminishing the effects of the allergic reactions.
Best food sources include apples (in the skins), onions, red wine and tea.