People who snore. We all know them. Maybe it’s one of your parents, a sibling, a partner, a friend… or maybe it’s you. Snoring is common, but if you’re the one listening to it all night, it can make getting a good night’s rest a little more difficult. If you’re desperately looking for a way to help your roommate sleep a little more quietly at night, or you’re trying to get rid of your own snoring habit, I have great news. You can reduce snoring by practicing a healthy diet, and slugging down a homemade juice before bed!
One of the main culprits that contributes to snoring is excess mucus. According to Sleep Education, anything that prevents you from breathing through your nose can cause you to snore, including congestion and allergies. Sleep apnea occurs when the airway is repeatedly blocked, limiting the amount of air that reaches the lungs, causing breathing to actually stop during sleep.
If you’re among the 45% of adults who snore at least occasionally, avoiding certain foods in the evening can help to reduce the mucus buildup that narrows your air passage, and prevent or significantly reduce snoring. If you don’t own a juicer, it may be time to invest in one. More and more people are starting to join the juicing craze, and juice bars are popping up around the country. By juicing fruits and vegetables, you’re ensuring that your body is getting all of the nutrients they contain.
Whipping up a fresh juice in the morning is the perfect way for your empty stomach to absorb needed nutrients. Remember to use organic fruits and vegetables without harmful chemicals or pesticides for the best possible nutritious outcome. If you suffer from cholesterol problems, diabetes or high blood pressure, stick mainly to veggies for your healthy concoction.
If you’re wanting to eliminate snoring, avoid these foods, especially in the evening:
- Dairy products
- Fried Foods
- Processed Foods
- Flour and Sugar Products
- Excessive Alcohol
Smoking and eating a heavy meal before bed can also make you snore more, and louder than usual. By avoiding these foods, you can help prevent nasal congestion and keep a clear airway to reduce snoring or even eliminate it completely. A few hours before bed, drink a glass of the juice concoction below to help eliminate excess mucus for a snore-free night:
- 1/4 of a lemon
- 1 piece of ginger
- 2 apples
- 2 carrots
- Throw all of the ingredients together and blend!
- Drink a few hours before you go to bed.
The high Vitamin C content in lemons can help you kick a cold to the curb, and drinking more liquids helps to thin mucus and unclog sinuses. Another ingredient in the mix — ginger — has been used for centuries to treat a variety of ailments. It can help to alleviate pressure and pain due to sinus problems. Apple and carrot juice are sworn by some to help clear nasal passages and make for a better night’s sleep. You have to give this drink a try. Happy juicing!