10 Healthy Foods That Will Eliminate Your Night Sweats
Have you ever been awaken out of your sleep to realize that your sleepwear and bed sheets are drenched in your body’s sweat? Don’t be too alarmed because this actually happens on a regular basis for about 3% of the people in the U.S. population. This disorder is called hyperhidrosis, but its commonly referred to as the night sweats. Night sweats can be brought on by numerous triggers, but a common contributor to this disorder is consuming to many carbohydrates. Carbohydrates are converted into sugar within the body. Eating too many carbohydrates means that you are also creating too much sugar in your body. Your body tries to fix the excessive amount of sugar by encouraging the body to produce insulin in order to bring your blood sugar back down to a more balanced level. The problem with this process is that the body is forced into over producing insulin, which causes your blood sugar level to drop too low while you sleep at night. This extreme drop in your blood sugar level is called reactive hypoglycemia and it starts about 4 hours after you have eaten a large amount carbohydrates . Night sweats occur due to the body’s fight or flight response that’s triggered by the excessive amounts of hormones and chemical compounds that are being produced within the body.
In order to prevent your body from excessively sweating while you sleep, you must eat foods that satisfy the body’s need for glucose without consuming excessive amounts of sugar or carbohydrates that convert into sugar once they enter the body. These foods can be hard to avoid because we crave things like bread, pasta, potatoes and desserts, as well as sugary beverages like soda, sports drinks and let’s not forget about all that sugar we add to our coffee. You can eliminate these intense cravings while also maintaining a balanced blood sugar level throughout the night by getting your glucose from a healthy and balanced combination of fatty foods.
The body needs a healthy balance of both omega 3 fatty acids and omega 6 fatty acids in order to keep your hormones and blood sugar level balanced. You don’t have to worry about these fatty foods making you “fat” because it has been proven that a diet high in fatty foods actually speeds the metabolism up. Excessive amounts of sugar and carbohyrates are what makes you fat because the sugar can be converted into stored fat in the body.
The list below contains foods that are rich with fatty acids that will help your body get the glucose that it needs and maintain your blood sugar level while you sleep because they release glucose at a more steady and balanced pace than sugar and carbohydrates.
Foods rich in Omega 3 fatty acids:
1) Wild Salmon
1,545 milligrams in a 3 ounce serving
1,457 milligrams in a 3 ounce serving
3) Chia Seeds
9,982 milligrams in a 2 ounce serving
4) Brussel Sprouts
270 milligrams in a one cup serving
5) Winter Squash
664 milligrams in a one cup serving
Foods rich in Omega 6 fatty acids:
6) Sunflower Seeds
46,082 milligrams in a one cup serving
10,666 milligrams in a one ounce serving
594 milligrams in one whole egg
341 milligrams in a 1 tablespoon serving. You can also opt for a vegan butter if you don’t eat dairy.
10) Chicken Thighs
3,733 milligrams in one chicken thigh
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You should consult your physician to recieve a professional diagnosis and get more advice about whether it’s safe for you to incorporate any of these items into your diet.