If you have recently started drinking a healthy, and delicious smoothie for getting the daily nutritional requirements of your body, Congratulations! You are absolutely on the right path.
The word is spreading so fast that these exotic drinks not only taste great but also do wonders for our energy levels, our immune systems, our bones, our muscle and nearly every other aspect of human health you can think of!
But what is less common is for people to be truly scientific in their formulation of their smoothies. Smoothies are good for you, yes, but it goes well beyond that. There are certain individual ingredients that you can add to your smoothie for deep sleep and beat insomnia at the same time.
The way in which smoothies are right for you to depend entirely on what you put in them and that means we can devise a smoothie with a specific goal once we have a clear idea of what all the ingredients do and affect our beautiful bodies.
To demonstrate this, here are a few ingredients that all have one particular benefit – they greatly enhance your sleep. You can combine a few of these with some other ingredients to make a healthy smoothie that will also boost your energy levels!
LET’S TAKE A LOOK AT THESE 5 IMPORTANT YET DELICIOUS SMOOTHIE INGREDIENTS TO ADD TO YOUR DAILY SMOOTHIE TODAY
Cherries are fantastic for enhancing sleep because they provide us with a natural source of melatonin. For those who don’t remember their high school biology, melatonin is the ‘sleep hormone’ that we produce in the brain when we’re ready for bed.
The more of this you have, the sleepier you get and the deeper you sleep. Melatonin is what you get in a lot of the most powerful sleeping medications, but by getting it from cherries, you can get it much more cheaply and without any of the unwanted side effects (like dependence!).
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Milk is an excellent choice for your bedtime smoothie because it can make your sleep more restorative. That’s because milk contains healthy cholesterol and your body can use that to make testosterone.
This is especially important for men because it helps with the formation of muscle – but for everyone, it can be very helpful in healing. A lot of us also associate milk with bedtime from our childhood, and thus it can be very soothing.
Health and fitness guru Seth Rogen recommended honey for sleep based on his observations, and this trick quickly took the web by storm. The theory is that honey is an excellent choice because we need energy while we sleep, or else we wake up with low blood sugar and a headache to go along with it.
Honey provides both fructose and sucrose – two sugars that are fast and slow acting. This means that you’ll get energy right at the start of your sleep and also later on when you’re deeper into it. Try adding a little honey to your milk smoothie before bed and notice the results.
Strawberries are a good source of vitamin C, and any source of vitamin C can significantly enhance your sleep. That’s because vitamin C is known to increase serotonin and your body converts serotonin into melatonin.
Serotonin itself also happens to be good for your mood, meaning you can feel rested and de-stressed before you doze off! Why not adding this delicious smoothie ingredient the next time you prepare your breakfast or post workout smoothie and reap the benefits of this amazing fruit?
HERE IS SOME OF THE DELICIOUS AND TASTY STRAWBERRY SMOOTHIE RECIPES TO TRY TODAY
HERBS AND HERBAL TEA
I have already discussed this tip (about herbal tea and herbs before sleep) in my other post The Insider’s Guide To Sleep I think it is imperative to consider it.
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Stick to consuming herbal teas like ginger, mint and chamomile tea in the evening, the latter being renowned for its calming properties. Also consider trying lettuce tea, a somewhat rare choice, but one that will induce a similar natural sedative-like effect to chamomile, albeit slightly more powerful.
TIP: Do not add lavender, chamomile or any other such herbs to your smoothie. However, you can add green tea, matcha and black tea in your drink.
Another great and largely unknown bedtime relaxer is Jiaogulan tea, known in Southern China as the tea of immortality.
Jiaogulan is renowned for its ability to regulate blood pressure, lower cholesterol, build immunity, delay the aging process, prevent cells from becoming cancerous and cure insomnia. It contains no caffeine, making it ideal for an evening drink that’s similar in flavor to green tea.
The key rules when it comes to drinking before bed is not to drink too much and to avoid caffeine-based drinks, fizzy drinks, and alcoholic beverages, as well as any other drink that will stimulate rather than relax the brain.
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