There’s very good reason to believe that they’re interconnected because sleep deprivation is known to cause weight gain. Insufficient sleep at night is associated with poor blood glucose regulation and increased daytime cortisol levels. Elevated blood sugar levels lead to insulin overproduction and subsequent insulin resistance; the starting point of obesity in a majority of cases. High levels of the stress hormone cortisol increases visceral fat.
Obesity, on the other hand, precipitates many health problems that prevent you from getting sufficient sleep. While sleep apnea and neuropathy resulting from diabetes may drastically decrease the quality of sleep, insomnia is a common side effect of medications taken for obesity-related disorders like high blood pressure and cholesterol.
How about some natural remedies that can tackle both these problems in one stroke?
These sleepy time drinks do just that.
They help you get sound sleep. And while you sleep, they fire up your metabolism to burn fat. They have only a few ingredients, so you can quickly prepare them and drink up. Last, but not the least, they taste good so you’d want to drink them every night, and maybe during the day too.
1. Psyllium and Apple juice drink
Psyllium is the seed husk of a type of plantain related to the common garden plantain. It is more commonly used as a natural laxative, but can aid weight loss in a number of ways. The husk is nearly inert and has no discernible taste or smell; what makes it special is that it quickly absorbs large amounts of water and swells up to form a slimy gel. Apple juice makes the drink naturally sweet and tasty, and, with a sprinkling of cinnamon, you get the feeling of drinking an apple pie, but without all the calories and other bad stuff in it.
The drink is very easy to prepare.
- 1 Apple
- 1 cup cold water
- 2 tsp pure, 100% psyllium husk/powder
- ¼ tsp cinnamon powder
Cut up the apple and blend it with water, preferably with the skin on, until smooth. Pour into a large cup and stir in psyllium husk and cinnamon powder. Drink immediately, otherwise, the husk will thicken the drink too much. Follow it up with a glass of plain water.