Wednesday, June 7, 2017

8 Superfoods For Better Sleep

While I can't emphasize enough -- as I'm sure many other health and wellness experts would agree -- good nutrition and exercise are essential building blocks for leading a healthy lifestyle. But, what about sleep? Well, yes, sleep should definitely not be overlooked!

In the fast-paced society that we live in there are so many demands, aren't there? 'I've got so much on my plate, there is no time to sleep!' However, in saying such a statement, we tend to forget the importance of sleep and how much of it we really need in order to function at our best. Sleep helps the body heal by repairing the heart and blood vessels. Additionally, by not getting enough sleep, the chances of getting kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes or stroke are that much more probable.

The following are 8 recommended superfoods for better sleep:

(1) Almonds: These delicious nuts are both high in potassium and B vitamins which are important for our nervous system to de-stress and relax. So, how about some almond butter on toast or a banana before bed?

(2) Bananas: Bananas are also chock full of B vitamins and potassium which help with getting yourself to a better sleep state. Bananas which contain a good amount of essential minerals and vitamins help with relieving insomnia.

(3) Brown Rice: Brown rice contains GABA which is an amino acid, aids in relaxing the nervous system as well and acts as a natural tranquilizer for a good night's sleep.

(4) Cherries: This fruit helps to promote the release of melatonin which is the hormone that aids in the ability for our bodies to fall asleep.

(5) Chickpeas: Chickpeas happen to have a good amount of B vitamins -- these vitamins aid in the making of melatonin, specifically B6. Even having chickpeas as an afternoon or late afternoon snack can make wonders happen when it comes to proper 'shut-eye'.

(6) Kale: Kale happens to have lots of Magnesium which helps quite a bit when it comes to getting good sleep. Magnesium has been shown to play a role with sleep.

(7) Oatmeal: Oatmeal can also help with getting you to sleep as it induces the release of melatonin which, again, aids in the sleep/wake cycle.

(8) Walnuts: Walnuts contain tryptophan which is an amino acid that greatly contributes as a sleep aid. Apparently, in the brain, tryptophan converts to serotonin which induces sleep.

In order to be more productive in our daily tasks/life there is no doubt that sleep is the third component -- along with diet and exercise -- to living a healthy lifestyle.

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