Expert says you can save money on heating by eating nuts and cinnamon before bed

Millions of Brits are tightening their purse strings this winter as the cost of living continues to soar.

So, as temperatures continue to plummet, people are trying anything and everything to get warm without switching the heating on.

Especially at night – after all, there are only so many pairs of fluffy socks and blankets you can wear before you admit defeat.

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One expert claims you can save on your heating bills in a rather unusual way… by eating.

Sleep experts from Bed Kingdom say eating these six foods before cuddling up for the night will naturally keep your body temperature up.

They also claim the six foods will naturally help you drift off to sleep faster.

Nuts

Peanuts, almonds, and pistachios, can increase the speed of your metabolism and raise your body heat, therefore warming you up for bed.

As well as this, these nuts contain melatonin, a natural hormone that helps to control your sleep cycle and therefore helps you get some shut-eye.

Cinnamon

Cinnamon has thermogenic properties which increase our body’s heat when it’s cold so sprinkle it in a glass of milk at night time and you’ll be asleep before you know it.

Oats

Oats may be something you'd normally have at the start of the day, but they come with several benefits that prove useful for bedtime.

They are slow to break down in your body due to being high in bran and fibre, and this slow digestion releases warming energy.

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Bananas

Filled with vitamin B and magnesium, bananas help with the functioning of your thyroid and adrenal glands, thus regulating your body temperature in cold weather.

Ginger

With the vasodilating properties in ginger, your blood vessels are relaxed which contributes to an increased blood flow helping your body to heat up.

Carrots

Carrots cause your body to heat up due to the necessity for more energy during digestion.

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Foods to avoid:

Water-rich fruit and vegetables are known to cool the body, including watermelon, peaches, oranges, celery, and cucumber.

Berries are alkaline, meaning that they generate cold energy and release excess body heat.

Spicy foods such as jalapeños and cayenne peppers surprisingly make us cooler by activating a nerve receptor in our tongue that can recognise heat, thus causing us to sweat and cool down.

Leafy green vegetables such as kale and cabbage might be healthy, but it’s best to avoid these before bed due to their cooling effect on the body.

A spokesperson from Bed Kingdom said: “It’s that time of the year when switching the heating on is essential, but with the price of energy at the minute, it’s no doubt that many people across the UK will be avoiding doing so.

“Fortunately, there are some ways to heat up without having to add more money to the energy bill, one of these being with certain foods to eat before heading to bed.”

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