How can eating a banana at night enhance your beauty sleep, you may be asking? Well, this is due to the bananas amazing ability to increase your intake in nutrients.
You see, tryptophans in magnesium, potassium, vitamins, as well as amino acids, can contribute to better sleep (and better mood). However, we need to counteract mineral deficiencies with only the best nutrient intake in order to benefit from these tryptophans. Bananas happen to be one of natures best choices for achieving this !
Sleep-Boosting Nutrients in Bananas:
Bananas are one of the top fruits with the high levels of magnesium, which helps battle against insomnia and keeping you asleep longer and even faster for some.
By consuming bananas at night we help relax the muscles in your body with a neuroprotective effect — calming the nervous system.
The magnesium in bananas even helps to lower your brain temperature and regulates your hormones. Makes sense if these functions are out of sorts, that our sleep would be too.
If you have magnesium deficiency, the symptoms can include difficulty in relaxing during sleep (tossing & turning), and frequent night cramps.
Magnesium and potassium actually work in harmony with one another to improve sleep, relax the muscles and nerves, and in promoting healthy digestion (you can see why I absolutely LOVE bananas and use them everyday in my Beauty Detox smoothies!).
If you have a deficiency in potassium (also known as hypokalemia), you will most likely be effected when it comes to sleep. The symptoms can be muscle fatigue, cramping, and even heart irregularities .
Though you may want to ask your health care practitioner for a potassium supplement that will assist your bodies ability to sleep more deeply, you should be able to eat enough potassium, via potassium-containing beauty foods — any excess will be excreted by the kidneys.
Amino Acid Tryptophan
Our bodies use tryptophan to produce hormones known as serotonin and melatonin, which play a large role in regulating different human functions. We need serotonin to regulate our mood and melatonin to help regulate circadian rhythms.
These circadian rhythms are actually in control over our sleep patterns, our body temperature and hormone release. If there is a deficiency in tryptophan, this will contribute to experiencing insomnia on some level, and even depression.
Tryptophan is an amino acid which is naturally present bananas, and thus, is a wise beauty food choice before retiring to bed.
With all of all vitamin choices out there, it seems B vitamins have shown the best results in encouraging a good night’s rest. And yes, vitamin B6 is found in bananas —a water-soluble vitamin that aids the production of tryptophan as well as serotonin and melatonin — essential for good sleep patterns.
One large banana can provide half of the daily necessary intake of vitamin B6!
Let’s remember Beauties, that while adding a banana to your nightly routine and changing your overall diet can relieve insomnia, continuous symptoms is your body’s way of telling you there could be other issues going on (which you can of course check with your doctor about if you are getting no relief from lifestyle and dietary shifts).
With all of this packed into one banana, it really is a great natural source to start incorporating into your daily meal plans. If you haven’t already, how about you start NOW!