When we think of the best foods to eat at night, raw honey might not pop into our heads because of how sweet it is, and eating anything sweet before bed typically doesn’t end well.
Did you know that raw honey contains “an ideal ratio of fructose to glucose” – which supports the liver, an organ that works overtime on its job of breaking down fats and toxins? Much of this “work” is accomplished during the sleep cycle which explains why sleep is so important to feeling refreshed. It literally allows the body to detox.
A spoonful of raw honey has a “dual action” for sleep:
1- Restoring glycogen to the liver so that your brain doesn’t activate a stress response, which often occurs when glycogen is low (this could potentially pull you out of sleep.
2- Honey also assists with the release of melatonin – a hormone produced by the body that naturally helps with sleep.
A couple of things to note:
– Be sure that you are getting real raw honey. The more processed type (if it doesn’t say “raw honey” it probably isn’t) has probably been subjected to heat treatment, filtering and so on – which destroys the beneficial nutrients. It may also even be fake.
-Honey virtually never spoils, as it has been found in Egyptian tombs still intact after many hundreds of years.
-The popular sweetener is also anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, excellent for reducing throat irritation, great for athletes, and much more, as this article notes.
-Finally, when adding honey to your diet at night, you’ll be supporting a healthy metabolism as your liver goes to work breaking down the toxins that are ultimately stored in fat cells.