Sleep is the best time for the body to undergo detoxification since the body itself begins rebuilding and regenerating tissues while sleeping. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the liver, which is the most important detox organ, functions at its optimal capacity between 1 am and 3 am.
For that reason, we must do everything we can to ensure the best conditions for proper detoxification. Having had fallen into a deep sleep (around 11 pm) prior the process is the key to effective detoxification.
Another important requirement is to have enough fluids for the detox so that the body doesn’t become overloaded with toxins, which tend to be released during cleansing. Proper detoxification will also speed up the metabolism, which is crucial for the overall health since it allows the body to reduce the accumulation of toxins and fat more effectively.
There are certain teas and drinks you can consume before bedtime that can potentially help with this important bodily function as outlined below.
8 Great Bedtime Beverages for Detoxification
This tea is mildly bitter due to its sesquiterpene lactone content which helps the liver prime its detoxification pathways. Chamomile is also considered to have a nervine action on the body meaning that it is used to calm the nerves to help us wind down and fall asleep.
Finally, 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 is one of the most beneficial detox drinks. You need to consume lemon water on a daily basis because it will increase the alkalinity levels in your organism. The alkalization is very important, because it is the way of life with healthy habits.
This is a Chinese herb that helps to nourish liver blood again required for detoxification and fat burning. Jujube, or Da Zao, also helps to calm the mind which is perfect to help ease our stressed out brain so that we can get the good quality sleep needed for proper liver functioning.
This herb also strengthens the Spleen-Pancreas which in Chinese Medicine can get affected by an overloaded liver leading to improper digestion of foods.
This is 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 is a wonderful herb that is closely related to our heart meridian connected to our emotions. This is perhaps the reason rose has remained the symbol of love throughout the ages. 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.
Rose 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 is a very useful herb to help with many important functions. This 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 tops and seeds make a great nutritional tea. This tea contains high levels of 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
Last but certainly not least I need to mention 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.
There are numerous studies showing 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.
One thing to keep in mind with detoxification and weight loss is that we require ample amounts of fluids. This is also something the bedtime teas above can help with as they all will add to your daily fluid intake. Also, remember that adequate sleep is essential for proper organ functioning.
Aim to be asleep around 11pm at the latest so that you are well asleep before the 1am time mentioned at the beginning of this article.
This is one of the challenges my patients face in practice and I always emphasize 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.
Remember: diet and lifestyle changes take time to adjust to and you should be kind to your body by not pushing yourself too hard.
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