Irish nutritionist shares how many hours we should leave between eating before bed

Nutritional Therapist and Pure Results ‘Minister 4 Happiness’ Aislinn Cambridge is sharing her top healthy habits that we should all be following before going to bed each night.

“We’re all told to not eat a big meal before swimming or before a sports game, but we’re never told why.

“It’s because digesting food is the biggest job your body can do. It takes the most amount of blood supply in our body to digest food – that is why after eating a big meal people feel like they’re about to fall asleep, your body is exhausted.

But when we eat slowly we allow our gut, which is the body’s second brain, to tell us when to stop eating.

“At the end of your day, you should apply the same consideration towards what your body has to do to digest food before you enter rest and recovery mode with sleep. If you’re eating a meal and attempting to sleep an hour or two later It will cause havoc because your body can’t digest nor rest and recover, the two cancel each other out.

“Both your sleep and your digestion will be affected and when combined it will have a severe impact on your mood. I recommend leaving at least three to four hours after a big meal.”

As our body starts to crash at the end of the day, it’s common for the sugar cravings to start kicking in. While some of use might be tempted to opt for a “sugar-free” solution, Aislinn insists this is a big no-no.



“It’s well known that there is only one molecule of difference to how your body reacts to sugar and cocaine. However, some feel it’s better to reach for ‘sugar-free’ options when they’re trying to eat healthy, but they’re actually worse. So-called ‘diet’ drinks contain an ingredient called aspartame which our bodies do not know how to process and it has a negative effect on our gut and is far more harmful, inflammatory and corrosive than actual sugar.”

When you think of what happens to a child’s body after sugar, they have a burst of energy, followed by a tantrum before they crash and fall asleep. The same process happens to the adult body, but it is sustained over a longer period of time due to our size.

“So if you’re feeling down, moody and irritable, it’s likely the withdrawal effects of sugar leaving your body.

“Unfortunately, all you can do is ride that wave but you can help the process by drinking water to cleanse your body of the toxins and eat foods that will improve your mood.”

Aislinn will be sharing her wealth of knowledge at the all-inclusive Pure Results bootcamp taking place across the month of January. Find out more information at pureresults.ie

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