May 6th, 2013

A Few Reasons Not To Snack Before Bedtime!

This article was written by Dr. Ben Kim’s Natural Health Newsletter.
I feel it was a good read and my partner suggested sharing this
with you all on my blog. Enjoy!

Don’t snack before you go to sleep for the night. Give
your digestive tract at least a good hour or preferably a few
hours of rest before you go to bed.

Seems like a simple thing and not nearly enough action to
create change in your health status.

But it’s a profoundly simple choice that can make all the
difference to your body’s ability to stay healthy and even
recover from chronic health challenges.

Here’s why:

Your body has to work hard to digest everything that you
put into your GI tract.

Your stomach and intestines have to generate a continuous
flow of contractile waves to push things through.

Specialized cells that line your stomach have to produce
acid to help break down food into usable nutrients.

Your gall bladder and pancreas have to produce additional
digestive juices and enzymes to help ensure breakdown of
fats and carbohydrates.

The walls of the top third of your small intestine have to
regulate passing of nutrients into your bloodstream.

Your circulatory system has to carry these nutrients from
your small intestine to your liver, where these nutrients
have to be packaged for delivery to the rest of your body.

These and many other steps that make up the process
of digesting and assimilating nutrients force great energy
expenditure.

AND ALL OF THIS WORK DECREASES THE QUALITY OF REST
YOU GET, WHICH TRANSLATES TO YOUR BODY NOT BEING
ABLE TO PRODUCE OPTIMAL AMOUNTS OF HEALING
HORMONES LIKE GROWTH HORMONE, TESTOSTERONE, AND
ERYTHROPOIETIN.

Put another way, snacking before bed directly diminishes
your body’s ability to repair and rejuvenate damaged
cells.

Instead of spending the night rejuvenating itself, your body
spends a good portion of its sleep time digesting excess
food.

The take-home message is this: if you are looking to
overcome a specific health challenge or you’re just
interested in feeling as healthy and fit as possible, it’s
vital that you avoid the habit of eating right up until sleep
time.

If you’re not already doing this, then I encourage you to
give it a try over the next 30 days, and please feel free
to write in to let me know how it goes!

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