Lately, there’s 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 Netflix ready and patiently waiting for you.
Well fellow troubled sleepers, maybe time to try something new and natural to set the tone for your body to catch some much-needed Zzz’s. While it’s common knowledge that many fruits and vegetables have energy-boosting properties, they also have calming properties.
Consider these ingredients the next time you need a holistic, sleep elixir.
Kale and Watercress
For those of you who are calcium deficient, kale and watercress offer a healthy dose of calcium that should balance your body and ease you into a deep sleep. Make a nice green juice adding cucumber, lemon and celery.
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.
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.
Loaded with potassium and magnesium, bananas are a key sleep ingredient because they help relax your muscles easing you into a calm physical state. 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 greens. Almond milk or water/coconut water are good options for the base.
This gem of a fruit contains various remedial alkaloids. The most significant one in this case being harman, which is used to treat insomnia, restlessness, and anxiety.