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I’ve been talking more and more about sleep because as many of us know, it is absolutely critical to our well-being, to our health, our energy, and our beauty. Unfortunately a lot of us have sleep issues.
If you are wondering if you’re sleeping well, or how your sleep measures up, please go to mysolluna.com and take my sleep quiz, which is free. It takes under a minute and it’s great information for you to have.
Today, I want to talk about nutrients for sleeping better and the first one I want to talk about is tryptophan, which is an amino acid. It helps to promote great sleep. It’s similar to melatonin, and we can find tryptophan especially in whole, healthy, gluten-free carbs like brown rice. You can also get it in quinoa, so I recommend trying my Veggie-Turmeric Quinoa Recipe.
Having some of these easily-digestible whole carbohydrates as part of your dinner, ideally three hours or so before bed (with veggies), is a great way to get this sleep nutrient in.
Another one is magnesium, and unfortunately we know a lot of people are deficient in magnesium. This helps to promote good, sustained, healthy sleep. A really easy way to make sure that you get enough magnesium in regularly, is to drink your Glowing Green Smoothie®. Magnesium is quite prevalent in a lot of different greens.
You can also have a warm almond milk elixir in the evenings. Almond milk has calcium and magnesium, so that’s a great way to get this sleep nutrient in, and you could put in some turmeric, or some cinnamon. Just make it like a nice sort of herbal elixir in the evening, nice and warm, fantastic for sleep.
Another really interesting ingredient is passion flower. I’m really interested in this particular ingredient because it’s been shown in some clinical trials to help with anxiety as well, and can even be better than certain pharmaceuticals.
You can check out passion flower — look out for it in certain teas, in powdered form. It’s a wonderful ingredient to look out for to help with sleep. The reason a lot of us can’t sleep is because our minds are racing and we have excess anxiety in our lives, so this is a really great ingredient for that.
A general food tip is to avoid spicy food in the evening. When we’re thinking about food, it’s really the whole picture, our whole lifestyle working synergistically. It’s not just about the tastes or if this is something that makes me happy to eat in the moment.
If we love spicy food it would be a good idea to have it earlier in the day, even for lunch, because spicy food in the evening can actually stimulate us, waking us up. It can cause indigestion and upset our stomach. Try to eat more in the mild end at dinner time, for better sleep and overall rest.
To review, we talked about tryptophan, whole carbohydrates like quinoa and brown rice, magnesium, greens, salads, Glowing Green Smoothie®, and almond milk. We also talked about passion flower and avoiding spicy food.
I hope this helps you sleep better and just a little reminder, go to mysolluna.com and take your sleep quiz. Get your sleep number and start paying more attention to your sleep. You’re worth it. I want you to sleep your best and feel amazing!
Sending you lots of love, Beauty, and I will see you back here very soon.