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Twenty tweaks for better health.

Twenty-One, No Wait, Twenty Tweaks For Better Health

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Dr. Greger’s 21 Tweaks… We say 20, though!

We’ve talked before about Dr. Greger’s Daily Dozen (12 things he advises that we make sure to eat each day, to enjoy healthy longevity), but much less-talked-about are his “21 Tweaks”…

They are, in short, a collection of little adjustments one can make for better health. Some of them are also nutritional, but many are more like lifestyle tweaks. Let’s do a rundown:

At each meal:

  • Preload with water
  • Preload with “negative calorie” foods (especially: greens)
  • Incorporate vinegar (1-2 tbsp in a glass of water will slow your blood sugar increase)
  • Enjoy undistracted meals
  • Follow the 20-minute rule (enjoy your meal over the course of at least 20 minutes)

Get your daily doses:

  • Black cumin ¼ tsp
  • Garlic powder ¼ tsp
  • Ground ginger (1 tsp) or cayenne pepper (½ tsp)
  • Nutritional yeast (2 tsp)
  • Cumin (½ tsp)
  • Green tea (3 cups)

Every day:

  • Stay hydrated
  • Deflour your diet
  • Front-load your calories (this means implementing the “king, prince, pauper” rule—try to make your breakfast the largest meal of your day, followed my a medium lunch, and a small evening meal)
  • Time-restrict your eating (eat your meals within, for example, an 8-hour window, and fast the rest of the time)
  • Optimize exercise timing (before breakfast is best for most people, unless you are diabetic)
  • Weigh yourself twice a day (doing this when you get up and when you go to bed results in much better long-term weight management than weighing only once per day)
  • Complete your implementation intentions (this sounds a little wishy-washy, but it’s about building a set of “if this, then that” principles, and then living by them. An example could be directly physical health-related such as “if there is a choice of stairs or elevator, I will take the stairs”, or could be more about holistic good-living, such as “if someone asks me for help, I will try to oblige them so far as I reasonably can”)

Every night:

  • Fast after 7pm
  • Get sufficient sleep (7–9 hours is best. As we get older, we tend more towards the lower end of that, but try get at least those 7 hours!)
  • Experiment with Mild Trendelenburg (better yet, skip this one)*

*This involves a 6º elevation of the bed, at the foot end. Dr. Greger advises that this should only be undertaken after consulting your doctor, though, as a lot of health conditions can contraindicate it. We at 10almonds couldn’t find any evidence to support this practice, and numerous warnings against it, so we’re going to go ahead and say we think this one’s skippable.

Again, we do try to bring you the best evidence-based stuff here at 10almonds, and we’re not going to recommend something just because of who suggested it 😉

As for the rest, you don’t have to do them all! And you may have noticed there was a little overlap in some of them. But, we consider them a fine menu of healthy life hacks from which to pick and choose!

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