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40 & Restless? Beat Nighttime Blood Sugar Spikes with Carrot Lemon Juice

Beat Those Blood Sugar Spikes at Night with Carrot Lemon Juice

Does the 4 am wake-up call sound all too familiar? You’re tossing and turning, feeling thirsty, and maybe even have to run to the bathroom.

Ugh, those pesky nighttime blood sugar spikes can really disrupt your sleep and leave you feeling drained in the morning.

If you’re over 40 and struggling with restless nights because of blood sugar fluctuations, you’re not alone. There’s a natural way to fight back.

This blog post explores how a simple drink made with carrots and lemon juice can help beat nighttime blood sugar spikes and improve your sleep quality.

So let’s take a look at the benefits of this sunshine-colored drink and see why it might be a great choice for nighttime.

Understanding Nighttime Blood Sugar Spikes

Blood sugar, known as blood glucose, is the fuel your body uses for energy.

Ideally, your blood sugar level rise after you eat and dip slightly at night.

But sometimes, especially after a sugary dinner or with imbalanced blood sugar regulation, you might experience a surge in blood sugar in the middle of the night.

This leads to a cascade of unpleasant symptoms such as frequent urination, increased thirst, difficulty falling back asleep, feeling sweaty, waking up feeling tired and foggy.

How Can Carrot Lemon Juice Help?

Experiencing blood sugar spikes at night can be frustrating, but there’s a natural way to support your body’s regulation.

Here’s why carrot lemon juice could be a helpful addition to your nighttime routine:

  • Carrot Power: Carrots are a great source of vitamin A, which helps to keep your blood sugar level in check. Some studies show that people with low amounts of vitamin A may have trouble producing insulin, this hormone controls your blood sugar. An imbalance of this insulin leads to higher blood sugar levels [1] [2].
  • Lemon: Lemon might help with blood sugar regulation, but it won’t directly lower your blood sugar down right away.

Here’s a breakdown of how lemon may be helpful:

  • Slows down carbohydrate digestion: Some studies suggest that lemon juice can slow down the conversion of carbohydrates to sugar in the body. In a recent scientific study (2023) published in a food Chemistry magazine, researchers looked at how different drinks affect how our bodies digest starchy foods. They found that lemon juice, along with other drinks like green tea and coffee, might be able to slow down how our bodies break down carbs. This is because these drinks block the enzymes our body use for digesting carbs [3] [4] [5].
  • High in fiber: Lemon contains a small amount of soluble fiber about 25%, which helps to control your blood sugar by slowing down the absorption of sugar into the blood [6].
  • Low glycemic index: Lemons have a very low glycemic index (GI), which means they are unlikely to cause a significant rise in blood sugar levels.

Now that we know about the beneficial effects of carrot lemon juice in managing blood sugar, let’s talk about how to make the juice recipe.

The Carrot Lemon Juice Recipe

Carrot lemon juice is a drink made with just a few ingredients; carrots, lemon, cinnamon and ginger. Ready to whip up a batch of this sleep-promoting beverage?

Here’s what you’ll need:

Ingredients (makes 1 serving)

  • 2-3 medium carrots, washed and chopped
  • 1 lemon, juiced (around 1/2 to 1 tablespoon)
  • Optional: A small piece of ginger, and a pinch of cinnamon

Instructions:

  • Juice the carrots and lemon using a kuvings B8000 cold press juicer for the easiest method.
  • Combine the carrot juice and lemon juice in a glass.
  • If the juice is too strong, add small amount of water to thin it out.
  • Taste and adjust. You can add the ginger, or cinnamon for a bit more flavor.
  • Enjoy your refreshing carrot lemon juice right away for maximum vitamin content.

Here’s a nutritional breakdown for the ingredients in a serving of carrot lemon juice, considering the mentioned serving sizes:

1 cup chopped carrot (2-3 medium)

  • Calories: 50kcal – 75kcal
  • Carbs: 11g – 18g
  • Fiber: 3g – 4g
  • Vitamin C: 4mg
  • Potassium: 400mg – 600mg

1 tbsp Lemon, juiced (1/2 – 1 tbsp)

  • Calories: 3kcal – 6kcal
  • Carbs: 3g – 5g
  • Fiber: 0.5g
  • Vitamin C: 31mg
  • Potassium: 20mg

1 tsp chopped Ginger (small piece)

  • Calories: 0kcal – 1kcal
  • Carbs: 0-1g
  • Fiber: 0.1g
  • Vitamin C: negligible
  • Potassium: 4mg
Note: The amount of ginger used in making the juice recipe is very small, so its contribution to the nutritional profile is negligible. Cinnamon also provides negligible amounts of most nutrients in such a small quantity.

Additional points to consider:

  • This recipe is for one serving. If you make a larger batch, multiply the nutritional information accordingly.
  • If you add other ingredients like honey or water, you’ll need to factor in their nutritional content as well.
  • This drink is not a guaranteed solution for controlling blood sugar.

Helpful Tips

  • Use organic carrots and lemons whenever possible.
  • Wash your produce thoroughly before juicing.
  • You can try with different flavor combinations by adding apple, orange, or turmeric.
  • If the carrot juice is too strong for your taste, you can dilute it further with water or add a natural orange juice.

Things to Keep in Mind

Potential Side Effects: Consuming too much carrot juice can lead to beta-carotene overdose, causing a harmless but temporary yellowing of the skin.

Heres a quick tip: To avoid beta-carotene overdose, you can stop this by drinking the forever aloe vera gel, this helps get rid of the toxins that are building up in your body, removes excessive beta-carotene, and also improves insulin sensitivity. With the help of forever aloe vera gel, you don't need to worry much about your blood sugar level. Make sure you drink it immediately after taking your carrot lemon juice at all times.

Monitor Blood Sugar: If you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes or pre-diabetes and you’re on medication, monitor your blood sugar levels closely when trying this drink.

So, give this sunshine-in-a-glass recipe a try, and see if this drink helps you beat those restless nights.

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References:

  • [1] Vitamin A: a missing link in diabetes? Authors; Steven E Trasino and Lorraine J Gudas. Diabetes Manag (Lond). Author manuscript; available in PMC 2015 Nov 1.Published in final edited form as:Diabetes Manag (Lond). 2015; 5(5): 359–367. doi: 10.2217/dmt.15.30. [view article]
  • [2] Links between vitamin A deficiency and diabetes mellitus. Authors; Tajudeen Yahaya, Abdulrahman Yusuf, Jamilu K Danjuma, Bello M Usman. [view article]
  • [3] Mechanistic links between vitamin deficiencies and diabetes mellitus: a review Mechanistic links between vitamin deficiencies and diabetes mellitus: a review. Authors; Tajudeen Yahaya, Abdulrahman Yusuf, Jamilu K Danjuma, Bello M Usman. June 2021. Egyptian Journal of Basic and Applied Sciences 8(1):189-202. DOI:10.1080/2314808X.2021.1945395. [view article]
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    DOI:10.1016/j.foodchem.2019.05.159. [view article]
  • [6] Dietary Fiber in Management of Diabetes. Authors; Aaron I Vinik, MD; David J A Jenkins, MD. Diabetes Care 1988;11(2):160–173. DOI:10.2337/diacare.11.2.160. [view article]

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