When we think of the best foods to eat at night, raw (or pure) honey might not be our idea because of how sweet it is, and eating something sweet before bed does not usually end well.

But pure honey is different due to its natural composition, to the point that some doctors are even recommending taking it before bed to get a good night’s sleep.

Among them is Dr. Ron Fessenden, MD, author of the book “The Honey Revolution: Restoring the Health of Future Generations.”

The benefits of honey to improve health

Fessenen is among those who recommend honey as an ideal food for many reasons, and that it should be taken at many different times of the day, but perhaps the most interesting is to take it before bed in order to support a night’s sleep. healthy.

Honey may be one of the sweetest foods, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be helpful to your body, as it undergoes the repair process overnight.

As always, make sure your honey is pure and organic , as most grocery store brands are imported, contain GMOs, and are often heated so many of the beneficial compounds are destroyed in the name of “safety”. In this case it is best to buy directly from the farmer.

How honey helps you sleep well at night

As Fessenden noted, raw honey contains “an ideal ratio of fructose to glucose,” to support the liver, an organ that works overtime, literally and figuratively, during the sleeping process.

Eating honey ensures that the liver will have an adequate supply of liver glycogen throughout the day, and taking it before bed can serve as the perfect fuel for the liver at night. Combined with adequate, pure water, your body should have more than it needs to perform its restorative and detoxifying functions.

According to this blog post from Fessenden, honey promotes truly deep and restful sleep in two main ways.

First, it allows for an adequate supply of liver glycogen overnight while your body is starved and reserves are low. He points out that the average adult liver only has about 75 to 100 grams worth of storage space for glycogen, which varies between men and women of different body sizes.

Per hour the body consumes about 10 grams of glycogen during the day, leaving our reserves very low by the time our head hits the pillow at 11 pm.

That leaves less liver glycogen than is needed for eight hours of sleep if you had dinner at 6 p.m., says Fessenden.

However, if you take a teaspoon or two of honey before bed, the liver is replenished with glycogen so that your brain does not trigger a stress response, which often occurs when glycogen is low. Honey also contributes to the release of melatonin in the brain, as it leads to a slight increase in insulin levels and the release of tryptophan in the brain . Tryptophan leads to serontonin which is made into melatonin in the dark.

Lastly, by adding honey to your diet at night, you will be supporting a healthy metabolism as the liver goes to work breaking down toxins that are ultimately stored in fat cells.

Other health benefits of honey

In addition to the ability to help us get a good night’s sleep and restful sleep, honey has a wide range of time-tested benefits.

Honey practically never expires as it has been found in Egyptian tombs and remains intact after many hundreds of years.

This popular sweetener is also anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, great for reducing throat irritation, great for athletes, and much more.

Regardless of how you use your honey, don’t forget to buy it raw, organic from a local farmer – the benefits of honey have been enjoyed for thousands of years. Try to buy it from a trusted beekeeper who sells it completely pure and organic.

By Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson provides primary Internal Medicine care for men and women and treats patients with bone and mineral diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic illnesses.He is a Washington University Bone Health Program physician and is a certified Bone Densitometrist. Dr. Avery is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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