Can I ask you a simple question – do you know when is the best time to detox and cleanse your body from all harmful toxins? Well, the experts say that the best time for Detoxification is while we are asleep because that’s when the body starts to rebuild and regenerate its tissues. According to the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the liver, which represents the main detoxification organ, functions optimally between 1am and 3am. Therefore, we need to ensure that proper conditions are present for effective detoxification to occur. One requirement for proper detoxification is that we are actually sound asleep well before this time. And, one more thing – it’s extremely important for all of us to have enough blood and bodily fluids for the detoxification process, so that the body doesn’t become overloaded with harmful substances, which tend to be released as we detox. The experts also claim that proper and regular detoxification can also lead to a healthy metabolism, which in turn can lead not only to a lowered toxin burden but also faster fat burning for those wanting to manage their weight. 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.
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.
This amazing fruit improves liver function and strengthens the pancreas. It also promotes better sleep by calming the mind, which is very important for proper liver functioning during the night.
Lotus – you should know that 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 the meridian of the heart that is connected to our emotions. Perhaps this is the reason that the rose continues to be the symbol of love through the ages. Rose is very useful to ensure proper flow of energy from the liver, since improper flow of Qi (or energy) can lead to depression.
Relieving this depression is essential for good sleep since unhealthy thoughts lead to consumption of the blood that is necessary for a good detoxification. Rose tea also helps with movement of the blood throughout the body due to its astringent properties and a high concentration of tannins, which, again, help eliminate toxins, guaranteeing good flow through the detoxifying organs.
Peppermint is awesome and 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 presents a great nutritional tea. Oats are recommended to be consumed as a breakfast because f the benefits it contains.
It will help you in case of making a liver detoxification drink, and eliminate the toxins.
Schizandra Berry Tea
And, the last one is tea made of schizandra berries. First of all, you should know that 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.
One thing to keep in mind with detoxification and weight loss is that it requires large amounts of fluids. This is something else that the teas at bedtime can help with, since they will add to your daily intake of liquids. Also, remember that proper sleep is essential for good functioning of your organs. Try to be asleep around 11 pm so that you are sound asleep before 1 am.
You can start changing your bedtime by at least one hour and maintain it for one or two weeks until you are ready to change it by another hour and little by little achieve your goal. Remember that changes in diet and lifestyle take time to get used to, and you should be nice to your body and not push it too hard.