Sugar and salt act as “batteries” for the cells—glucose provides direct fuel to the mitochondria while a balance of sodium in the intercellular fluids allows for proper cellular respiration and energy production. Both nutrients are also powerful nutritional tools in managing stress—sugar signals the body to shut down the production of the stress hormones which are putting a serious damper on your metabolism, and keeping you awake at night. Salt also is critical in maintaining a homeostatic state in which adrenaline does not spike out of control.
Think of using both of these nutrients as therapeutic tools to manage stress events due to a lowered metabolic state.
Here’s what you need:
- 5 Tablespoons organic cane sugar
- 1 Tablespoon sucanat/rapadura (this is completely unrefined sugar cane juice, with all minerals intact)
- 2 teaspoons real sea salt
Put the mixture in a baggie or a small container, and shake well. The sucanat has a tendency to separate from the rest, which is why you can’t use only sucanat and salt—the salt sinks to the bottom and doesn’t “stick” with the sucanat granules. But it does add a nice flavor, and a little boost of minerals, too! You can add more salt to taste.
Now, keep this handy by your bed where you can easily reach it in the middle of the night. You can use it before you go to bed to de-stress and get ready for sleep, and when you wake up in the night.
To use it, just keep a small spoon nearby and scoop a tiny bit out, then let it dissolve under your tongue. You really only need a small pinch. You can also skip the spoon and just stick a wet finger into the sleepy dust container and lick it off, and that works, too.