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Raw Ginger Juice: A Soothing Drink for Better Sleep & Stable Blood Sugar

Tired of tossing and turning all night, only to wake up feeling like a deflated balloon? Blood sugar spikes got you feeling more jittery? There’s a simple, natural solution that might just become your new bedtime bestie: Raw Ginger Juice!

This drink isn’t just for fancy restaurants anymore. It could be the key to unlocking a peaceful night sleep and normal blood sugar levels. This simple ancient root can help you sleep better and wake up feeling more refreshed. No more tossing and turning all night.

Let’s dive in and discover how this raw ginger juice can transform your sleep and mornings for the better.

What is Raw Ginger Juice?

Raw ginger juice is exactly what it sounds like – the juice extracted from fresh ginger root.

Unlike ginger tea or pre-made juice, raw ginger juice concentrates the beneficial compounds found in ginger, including gingerol.

This concentration can potentially lead to stronger effects compared to other forms. When juicing ginger, the fibers in this fresh root are broken down, making these compounds easier for your body to absorb.

Plus, some people find the raw juice more palatable than strong ginger tea.

Can Raw Ginger Juice Help You Sleep Better and Manage Blood Sugar?

When there are frequent spikes in your blood sugar, symptoms like excessive urination during late nights, and a feeling of nausea begins to show when your blood glucose level is extremely high.

Drinking raw ginger juice could be helpful for people who are experiencing or seeing signs of blood sugar spikes.

Ginger, as we know has a long history of use in traditional medicine, and research is still on-going. Here’s why raw ginger juice might be worth a try.

Nausea Relief

There are few studies suggesting that ginger may help with nausea, which can disrupt sleep, and trigger insomnia in some people. Ginger is well-known for easing nausea. If nausea is keeping you awake at night, ginger may help stop this symptom.[1]

Stable Blood Sugar

Some studies suggest that ginger may help regulate blood sugar. Adding ginger in your diet is unlikely to cause harm, and might offer some benefits too.

There four relevant studies that suggest ginger may help regulate blood sugar:

  • A 2019 systematic review and meta-analysis found ginger may improve A1C, a longer-term blood sugar control indicator, in people with T2DM. This 2019 study specifically analyzed the impact of ginger consumption on blood sugar levels in T2DM patients. While it didn’t show a significant difference in fasting blood sugar levels, it did find that HbA1c levels improved in those consuming ginger compared to the control group. This indicates that ginger may be beneficial for longer-term blood sugar management in type 2 diabetes.[2, 3, 4]
  • A 2018 systematic review and meta-analysis published in the journal of Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine (eCAM) suggests ginger has promising effects on managing type 2 diabetes. This review analyzed data from 10 randomized controlled trials involving a total of 490 participants. The review found that ginger supplementation, lowered fasting blood glucose levels, reduced hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c), and improved insulin sensitivity.[5, 6]
  • A 2015 study published in the National Institutes of Health journal Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine looked at 14 studies on ginger and blood sugar. The researchers found that ginger supplementation did modestly reduce blood sugar levels.[7]
  • A 2014 review published in the journal Integrative Medicine Insights also looked at 26 studies on ginger and blood sugar. The researchers found that ginger may improve glycemic control in people with type 2 diabetes.[8]

Of course, ginger juice isn’t a cure-all, it boasts other potential benefits such as improved digestion and reduced nausea, but it’s not a substitute for a healthy diet and lifestyle.

Making Your Own Raw Ginger Juice

Preparing ginger juice is simple and easy with some few ingredients. Ready to give it a go? Here’s a recipe for homemade raw ginger juice:

Ingredients

  • A small knob of ginger root (around 1 inch)
  • 1 – 1 ½ cups water
  • Optional: lemon juice or aloe vera gel.

Instructions

  1. Wash and prepare the ginger: Wash the ginger thoroughly under running water. You can peel the skin if you prefer a milder taste, but the skin contains some nutrients so you can leave it on.
  2. Extract the juice: There are two main methods:
    • Blender method: Cut the ginger into small pieces. Add the ginger and water to a blender and blend for 30-60 seconds until smooth. Pour the mixture through a fine-mesh strainer or cheesecloth to remove the pulp.
    • Grater method: Grate the ginger using a ginger grater. Place the grated ginger in a cheesecloth or a clean hand towel and squeeze out the juice.

Here’s the nutritional information for the recipe ingredients, based on their typical serving sizes:

Small knob of ginger root (around 1 inch)

  • Calories: 4Kcal – 5Kcal
  • Carbs: 1 gram
  • Fiber: 0.5 gram
  • Manganese: 0.6 mg (15% DV)
  • Vitamin C: 0.5 mg (1% DV)

Lemon juice (1 tablespoon)

  • Calories: 3Kcal
  • Carbs: 1 gram
  • Vitamin C: 5 mg (8% DV)

Forever bee honey (1 teaspoon)

  • Calories: 21Kcal
  • Carbs: 5.2 grams
  • Sugar: 4.6 grams

Total (assuming 1 tsp honey and 1 tbsp lemon juice)

  • Calories: 28Kcal – 30Kcal
  • Carbs: 6.2 grams
  • Fiber: 0.5 gram
  • Sugar: 4.6 grams (from honey)
  • Manganese: 0.6 mg (15% DV)
  • Vitamin C: 5.5mg (9% DV) (from lemon and ginger)

Tips:

  • Fresh ginger is best for this recipe. Pre-packaged ginger juice might not have the same health benefits.
  • Start with a smaller amount of ginger and add more to taste if desired. Ginger can be quite spicy.
  • Ginger juice is best consumed fresh. You can store leftover juice in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours.

Raw ginger juice is concentrated and may irritate some people’s stomachs. If it is too strong, dilute it with aloe vera gel, or 1 tbsp of forever bee honey (not for people with diabetes).

Sweeteners like honey, increases the sugar content so always make sure you add a small quantity first, then keep on adding a little, and mix until the juice is diluted. For people with diabetes, aloe vera gel or lemon juice can be used as a substitute.

Takeaway

Ginger juice might help you sleep better and manage your blood sugar! You can make it yourself at home, and it’s good for you in other ways too.

Give it a try and see if ginger helps you sleep soundly and keeps your blood sugar balanced.

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