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Switching into Yin gear

Wednesday, April 14, 2010 10:30 AM

Sleep is the most under rated element in achieving optimal body composition. Just four days of disrupted sleep will raise your morning blood glucose dramatically. Of course, extended over time, that leads to insulin resistance, high blood pressure, abnormal blood fats, inflammation, etc…

Regardless of who the client is, I always ask them to tell me about their sleep. You cannot get lean or gain significant amounts of muscle mass and strength if you don’t sleep.

Here are three tips that will help you achieve that growth and repair sleep.

Tip 1: Evening Static Stretching

Static stretching done in the evening is an excellent way to bring down an overly excited nervous system. Plus, it has been shown to accelerate strength gains. At the present level of knowledge, gains in static flexibility levels are directly proportional to the length of time under which the muscles have been stretched. It appears that multiple of 15 seconds stretches, interspersed with brief returns to the starting position work best.

Tip 2: Get rid of sources of dirty electricity

Turn off and unplug all electrical appliances in your bedroom. Turn off the WiFi unit in your residence. So called “dirty electricity” has been shown not only to disrupt sleep but also to accelerate the development of insulin resistance. Another reason why fat people should stay off electrical treadmills which are a source of dirty electricity.

Tip 3: Use a the right botanicals & nutraceuticals

I have found that one the best ways to induce relaxation, and take away anxiety in to combine 1-2 capsules of Sweet Dreams 1.0 with 2-3 capsules of lysine. Start with the lower dosage, and move on to the greater dosage only if you don’t see expected results. More is not better in this case, as too much theanine can create the opposite of what you want.

Rest and progress,

Charles Poliquin




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