4 Beverages to Drink at Night on Keto

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4 Beverages to Drink at Night on Keto – Thomas DeLauer

Keto Chamomile Tea

Chamomile

Works as an anti-inflammatory as it contains three terpenoids (α-bisabolol, bisabolol oxide A, and guaiazulene) that reduce inflammation by inhibiting COX

The sedative effects are believed to be due to the flavonoid, apigenin that binds to benzodiazepine receptors in the brain (benzodiazepines are a type of medication known as tranquilizers)

Ghee

A study published in Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience found that dietary prebiotics may improve sleep and reduce stress

Specifically, researchers noted that diets rich in prebiotics improved time spent in NREM (Non Rapid Eye Movement) sleep – the stage in which brain waves are slowest, physical restoration and recovery occurs

After 4 weeks, researchers discovered that rats supplemented with prebiotics had more beneficial probiotic bacteria in their guts, compared to rats from the control group.

One of the increased probiotic bacteria was Lactobacillus rhamnosus – lactobacillus rhamnosus reduces anxiety- and depression-related behavior

Also, it calms down the exaggerated hypothalamic–pituitary–adrenal axis (HPA axis)

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/02/170225102123.htm

**Additionally, ghee contains butyrate, which acts a precursor to GABA, which may explain the improved sleep**

Coconut Oil

Aside from the monolaurin benefit, the fat in coconut is beneficial right before bed because the fat gives your body sustained energy throughout the night

Having it before bed will prevent you from waking up hungry – also, coconut oil fats prevent your blood sugar/insulin from spiking which is often a cause of sleeping troubles

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Monk Fruit

Mogrosides give monk fruit its sweet taste, but despite that, it contains no calories and has no effect on blood sugar

Mogrosides are antioxidants that decrease blood vessel leakiness (permeability), inhibit histamine release from mast cells, and prevent inflammatory damage

Been shown in studies to reduce NF-kB and decrease the production of inflammatory molecules such as iNOS, COX-2, and IL-6
Aside from being sweetened with monk fruit, contains cacao and probiotics (can link back to probiotics and sleep)

Cacao

Cacao helps stimulate serotonin production in the brain, which regulates your mood and helps suppress your appetite, which means you’ll consume less calories in the long run.

Also contains both anandamide and phenylethylamine, both of which induce euphoria, act as an aphrodisiac and boost overall mood – phenylethylamine releases norepinephrine & increases dopamine

Cacao also contains tryptophan: tryptophan turns to 5 HTP, which plays a key role in creating serotonin, and increases melatonin levels

ACV Lemonade (ACV + Water + Lemon + Salt + Stevia)

ACV

Aids fat loss due to its acetic acid content due to the upregulation of fatty acid oxidation – acetic acid significantly upregulates PPARalpha, a gene that regulates fatty acid oxidation

Also increases Uncoupling protein 2 (UCP2), which plays a role in thermogenesis

Lemon

Lemons contain a soluble fiber known as pectin that increases digestive health – pectin works by binding to fatty substances in the digestive tract, including cholesterol and toxins, and promotes their elimination

Salt

Salt also contributes to another important anti-stress action in the body: it raises your oxytocin levels

Oxytocin is a hormone that helps you feel calm and relaxed, and increases your sense of well being–the exact feelings you’ll want to experience if you’re trying to settle down and get ready for sleep

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9401603

References

1) Dietary prebiotics improve sleep, buffer impacts of stress, says study. (2019, February 8). Retrieved from https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/02/170225102123.htm
2) K, U. (n.d.). Oxytocin linked antistress effects–the relaxation and growth response. – PubMed – NCBI. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9401603
3) Wikiera A , et al. (n.d.). [Health-promoting properties of pectin]. – PubMed – NCBI. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24864109
4) Chamomile: A herbal medicine of the past with bright future. (1, November). Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2995283/
5) Review: Lauric acid-rich medium-chain triglycerides can substitute for other oils in cooking applications and may have limited pathogenicity. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4975867/
6) Cocoa and Dark Chocolate Polyphenols: From Biology to Clinical Applications. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5465250/

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