Little do many know, sleep and weight management are directly connected. When you get a good nights sleep, your metabolism is able to function more efficiently, therefore, making achieving and maintaining a healthy weight more feasible. An important part of any “diet” is a decent night of sleep! Fortunately, there is a myriad of delicious bedtime “cocktails” that can help your body drift off into a peaceful slumber while processing calories from the day. Here is a list of our fifteen favorite bedtime weight loss beverages.
1/16 Chamomile Tea
The empress of all bedtime drinks, chamomile tea. This herbal gold is known for a variety of health benefits it can reap on one’s body and mind. Including it’s sleep inducing and weight loss aiding properties. According to studies, the plan contains glycine which acts as a mild sedative and can also aid in glucose control.
This thick, creamy bedtime beverage might not sound so appetizing to everyone, BUT it is great for your gut! Kefir is basically fermented milk and helps increase healthy bacteria in the gut. This will improve the body’s overall absorption of minerals and vitamins and digestive abilities. It is also known to induce a sleepy effect.
3/16 Water, Honey, Lemon
This bedtime weight loss beverage is simple and timeless. Just a cup of warm water, honey, and lemon can do wonders for your body. While water is necessary for flushing toxins out of the body, honey aids in flawless skin and speeding up one’s metabolism. Lemon also assists in cleansing the liver and relieving the body of stored fact. This terrific trio is sure to bring desired results and help relax you for bedtime. Also….yum!
4/16 Cucumber Juice
Some might be turned off by the…well, greenness of this bed time beverage, but we think it sure it pretty! And SO good for you. Cucumbers are high in water content and incredibly low in calories. These fruits are great for hydration and help keeping you full. They are also packed with dietary fibers that help speed up metabolism and can help alleviate bloating.
5/16 Ginger Lemon Juice
Ginger. The power root. Ginger has been used for many years in some cultures for uses from muscles soreness to alleviating nausea. Ginger and lemon both carry anti-inflammatory and metabolism boosting properties. Together, they make the perfect, powerful bedtime weight loss mocktail.
6/16 Grape Juice
Grape juice is usually super sweet and filled with additional sugars. However, if you sip on a glass of all natural grape juice, you will reap the incredible benefits of the diverse fruit. Grapes are high in an antioxidant called resveratrol, which is known to aid in weight loss. A glass before bedtime is the perfect way to wind down and prepare your body dropping the pounds.
7/16 Aloe Vera Juice
This succulent plant is highly cultivated for medicinal purposes. Probably one of the most refreshing weight loss beverages, aloe vera juice is relieves water retention and bloating and helps to speed up metabolism. Aloe vera is packed with a ton of valuable nutrients like vitamins A, vitamin C, vitamin E, amino acids, and antioxidants.
8/16 Grapefruit Juice
Grapefruits have a range of health benefits. And this is why the subtropical, tarty fruit is on our list of favorite weight loss beverages. While it’s also helpful to drink a glass before a meal to serve as an appetite suppressant, grapefruits also help control blood pressure and lipid levels, which are linked to maintaining weight.
9/16 Apple Cinnamon Water
Everyone knows that saying, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”. Well, if you don’t necessarily like eating your apples, drink them! In one of our favorite weight loss beverages, apple cinnamon water. By boiling water and adding apples slices and letting them simmer, you’ll be getting all of the major antioxidant and dietary fiber nutrition that apples hold. Then add cinnamon for speeding up your metabolism and eliminating harmful bacteria from you gut.
10/16 Honey Lemon Lavender Tea
A truly delightful concoction. A delicious bedtime tea that can assist in your weight management regimen. It starts with a hot cup of herbal (decaffeinated) tea, like chamomile, then you add lemon and honey. We’ve already talked about the benefits of these ingredients, but there’s one more that we want to add to the mix. Lavender. Lavender is particularly good for the sleep side of things. Several studies have shown that lavender triggers chemical reactions in the brain that improve sleep, even helping treat sleep disorders, anxiety, and depression.
11/16 Cherry Juice
Good news, folks. Cherries made our list. You can officially gorge yourself on the delicious treat and not feel a hint of guilt. Try drinking your cherries! Cherry juice is a great bedtime weight loss drink for its high melatonin (sleep hormone) content and antioxidant properties. Cherries are also incredibly low in calories and high in water so help flush the system. Add a drop of vanilla to help sooth your senses before bedtime.
12/16 Golden Milk
Finally, a warm milky drink on our weight loss list. Golden milk is an up and coming bed time beverage. And for good reason! There are many variations of golden milk, but the basic ingredients are coconut or almond milk, turmeric, nutmeg, ginger, and honey. All of these ingredients have a multitude of health benefits. Honey and ginger help in speeding up the metabolism, while turmeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. The whole concoction is the perfect recipe for drifting off into a tranquil slumber.
13/16 Apple Cider Vinegar With Honey
This bedtime beverage might not be so appetizing, but studies have been shown that people who regularly consume apple cider vinegar achieve faster weight loss. The acidic compound has properties that helps decrease insulin levels, improve metabolism, and burn fat. Try putting a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in your water with a spoonful of honey and even some cinnamon to sweeten the taste (and results!) of this weight loss beverage.
14/16 Valerian Tea With Honey And Lemon
Valerian root has been used as a tea for centuries as a natural remedy for anxiety and sleep disorders like insomnia. Make a hot tea with the Valerian blend and add lemon and honey. This concoction is sure to help put you to sleep and give you a head start on your weight loss regimen.
15/16 Soy Milk
Soy milk is a great bed time beverage because of the tryptophan compound. This amino acid is the real reason for feeling so sleeping after a big Thanksgiving meal. Tryptophan is known to reduce anxiety and put people in a sleepy state. Soy milk also helps to suppress hunger and speed up metabolism.
Saffron has many medicinal properties. From aphrodisiac properties to treating depression to potential cancer curing properties, the flower is known world-wide for it’s healing qualities. It also aids in weight loss. Saffron helps to curb one’s appetite. Add saffron in an almond milk or tea with lemon and honey for a soothing weight loss beverage miracle.
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