Lately, there is simply too much going on in our everyday lives. When we finally get home from our busy days, it often takes some time for our bodies and minds to get into a restful state… especially with distractions like invitations to go out or that television with Netflix ready and patiently waiting for you.
Speaking to my fellow insomniacs - If you’re finding it hard to fall asleep at night, it’s maybe time to try something other than those no-good for you pills that leave you feeling groggy in the morning.
As part of my switch to holistic nutrition, I decided to cut out the medication and look for natural remedies. Turns out, many fruits and vegetables have not only energy boosting properties, but also calming. To name a few…
Kale and Watercress: For those of you who are calcium deficient, Kale and Watercress offer a healthy dose that should balance your body and ease you into a deep sleep. Make a nice green juice adding cucumber, lemon and celery - you will find yourself catching zZz’s in no time!
Cherries: Cherries are one of the few natural sources of melatonin, a hormone that is very well known to those of us with sleep troubles. Eat a few raw about an hour before bed or throw them into a juicer with some of the calming greens mentioned above.
Tomatoes: Like cherries, tomatoes are a natural source of melatonin. For a delicious sleep-inducing juice, cold press tomatoes with carrots, celery, romaine and a bit of lemon. This could also be a great meal supplement for a light dinner.
Bananas: This is a key sleep ingredient. Loaded with potassium and magnesium, bananas help relax your muscles easing you into a calm physical state. However, for the average insomniac, lack of sleep generally results from mental restlessness as opposed to physical. The sleep-inducing amino acid tryptophan in bananas translates into melatonin and serotonin in the brain. Although you cannot juice bananas, they can be blended with the greens above. Almond milk or water/coconut water are good options for the base.
Passion Fruit: One of the latest trends for dealing with insomnia and anxiety. This gem of a fruit contains various remedial alkaloids. The most significant one in this case being Harman, used to treat insomnia, restlessness and anxiety. Although this is an anti-pill blog, if you are in a rush for time, you can pick up natural passion fruit capsules at your local Whole Foods or alternate health food store.
Click here for more information and a juicing recipe for better sleep. Sweet Dreams!