8 Drinks to Make Before Bed to Detox Your Liver and Burn Fat All Night Long
Cleansing your body from harmful toxins is an important part of staying healthy, but did you know that there is actually an optimal time that this happens.
Any guesses? Well if you guessed during the night you are absolutely right. Your body rebuilds and regenerates tissue while you sleep.
And according to the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the liver, which represents the main detoxification organ, functions optimally between 1 a.m. and 3 a.m. Therefore, you need to ensure that proper conditions are present for effective detoxification to occur. And of course the most important…you need to actually be sound asleep during that time frame.
Additionally, you should ensure that there is enough blood and bodily fluids available for the detoxification process, so that the body doesn’t become overloaded with harmful substances, which tend to be released as you detox.
The benefit of detoxing regularly is that it contributes to a healthy metabolism, which then reduces your toxic load and also helps to burn fat faster for those wanting to manage their weight.
To help you get the most out of your nightly detoxification you can drink certain teas or mix up specific drinks before bedtime that give a little boost to this important bodily function.
Here are 8 bedtime remedies recommended by Naturopathic Physician Dr. Hamid.
- Chamomile Tea
Chamomile tea – first of all, you should know that this tea is mildly bitter due to its sesquiterpene lactone content which helps the liver prime its detoxification pathways. And, some experts think that chamomile has a nervine action on the body meaning that it is used to calm the nerves to help us wind down and fall asleep. And yes, you should also know that this herb has anti-inflammatory effects which further aid the body in dealing with intermediates of detoxification which can cause higher than normal levels of inflammation in the body.
- Lemon Water
Many people around the world drink lemon water every day, which is a good thing. You’ve probably heard that lemon water is loaded with healthy nutrients and it can provide many health benefits. So, ladies and gentlemen, if using lemon slices with the peel, ensure you are using organic lemons to avoid pesticide exposure. At night lemon water helps purge toxins out of your blood. The experts also say that lemon water works best when it is warm, as cold drinks can cause a shock to the body and take heat from your digestive system to warm up. So help your body in advance by drinking warm fluids.
- Jujube Fruit
Jujube fruit is a Chinese herb that helps to nourish the liver and blood, which again is required for detoxification and fat burning. And, this super healthy fruit also helps to calm the mind which is perfect to help ease our stressed brain so that we can get the quality sleep that is needed for proper liver functioning. Jujube fruit also strengthens the Spleen-Pancreas which in Chinese Medicine can get affected by an overloaded liver leading to improper digestion of foods.
- Lotus Seed
Lotus, yet again, another TCM herb (Lian Zi is the Chinese name) which can be beneficial to make as a nighttime tea. This herb is useful if stress, anxiety and racing thoughts keep you up at night. It helps calm the mind and can even help if you’re having heart palpitations. Lavender can also be added to this tea to further cut down the anxiety and calm the nerves.
- Rose Tea
Have you ever tried rose tea? Well, first of all, you should know that rose is a wonderful herb that is closely related to our heart meridian connected to our emotions. And, this is probably the main reason why the rose has remained the symbol of love throughout the ages. You should also know that rose is very useful in ensuring the proper flow of energy from the liver as improper flow of Qi or energy can lead to depressive states. Relieving depressive states is essential for proper sleep as unhealthy thoughts lead to blood consumption which is actually needed for healthy detoxification. This super healthy tea also helps the blood move throughout our body via its astringent properties due to a high tannin content which again helps remove toxins by ensuring good flow through the organs of detoxification.
- Peppermint Tea
Peppermint is awesome and a very useful herb to help with many important functions. This powerful and super healthy herb is very useful especially if you have had a large meal at night since it helps the digestive process through its large quantities of essential oil content, such as menthol and menthone. Peppermint overcomes food stagnation as a symptom of overeating that can lead to disturbed sleep. Since the liver is also involved in this digestive process, peppermint makes a great tea to help the liver with its digestive and detoxification functions.
- Oat Tea
Yes, there’s oat tea! The experts say that oat tops and seeds make a great nutritional tea. This tea is loaded with vitamins, minerals, and even proteins called avenins which are helpful for Phase I and Phase II of liver detoxification as many nutrients are consumed in this process.
Additionally, oat is another nervine herb which helps calm the mind and bring balance to our emotions as it is considered to be a nervous system re-builder.
- Schizandra Berry Tea
And, the last one is a tea made of schizandra berries. These berries, when infused in hot water, create a nice fruity tea that can easily protect the liver from many of the harmful intermediates created through its detoxification pathways. Many different studies have revealed the significant hepatoprotective capabilities of schizandra constituents such as its lignan content. In addition to its protective functions, schizandra berries are thought to have an adaptogenic action on the entire body meaning that it helps all body processes function optimally without increasing or decreasing pathways out of the normal range.
The best way to help your body prepare for a nightly detox is by ensuring that you drink plenty of water and other fluids. And naturally by drinking these bedtime teas you are also increasing your daily intake of fluids.
Remember that adequate sleep is essential for proper organ functioning. You should go to sleep before 11 p.m. at the latest so that you are into a deep asleep before the 1 a.m. marker. Dr. Hamid says that this is one of the challenges faced by his patients and he therefore always emphasizes the point that you don’t have to accomplish this overnight. You can start with changing your bedtime by at least one hour and maintaining this for a week or two until you are ready to change it by another hour and slowly accomplishing your goal.
And remember – diet and lifestyle changes take time to adjust to and you should be kind to your body by not pushing yourself too hard. We really hope you find this article helpful. Don’t forget to share it with your family and friends.