Posted on September 15, 2013
Lack of sleep can drastically affect work performance and hence reduce overall productivity. Worse cases come when sleep troubles cause tragic accidents at workplace or on the road. Nutritional deficiency from poor nutrition absorption is a leading cause of sleep disorders or chronic insomnia.
Let’s review a few vitamins that will lead to good sleep. It has been shown that maintaining Vitamins B3, B5, B6, B9 and B12 at sufficient levels help in achieving good sleep. B vitamins also regulate the levels of tryptophan, an amino acid extremely crucial in maintaining healthy sleep. They also control stress anxiety and depression. The B-complex vitamins are used up more quickly by those who take birth control-pills, have stress, drink alcohol or smoke. If you belong to any of these groups, it is wise to step up you vitamin B intake. You will find good amount is liver oil, turkey, liver, fish, bananas, potatoes, molasses and yeast.
As a natural relaxant with a calming effect, calcium also has a role to play. A minor deficiency of calcium can lead to muscle tensions and consequently insomnia. Calcium also helps beat stress. Insomnia can have its roots from poor absorption of calcium, low intake or both. Good sources of calcium are beans, broccoli, oranges, nuts and seeds (almonds and sesame), dairy products, seaweeds (kelp) and many more. Vitamin D and magnesium are required for good calcium absorption.
Magnesium deficiency causes nervousness. This leads to shallower sleep and waking more during the night. Try enhancing your intake by add almonds, blackstrap molasses, cashews, wheat bran and kelp to your diet.
Copper and iron also strongly affect our sleep patterns. On the other hand, they must be taken in proper balance with other minerals since they can have severe side effects
Tryptophan, a naturally occurring amino acid, is also important as it produces serotonin, which induces sleep by slowing down nervous activity. It is found in foods such as eggs, poultry, cheese, beans, fish, meat, milk, and leafy green vegetables. Melatonin is the light sensor that signals the body and the brain that it is dark outside and it is time to sleep. It is actually a hormone naturally produced in the body.
A good selection of vegetables can supply you with most of these sleep friendly nutriments. But why spend much time and energy chewing herbs when Hamilton Beach Big Mouth juicer can do the work for you. This juice extractor from a better economy juice maker will separate what your body need from pulp and give your digestive system a holiday. Hamilton Beach Big Mouth juicer gets the enzymes, chlorophyll and fluids out of your vegetable, a juice that is ready for absorption and assimilation within less than 15 minutes.
But remember to balance your juice with whole foodstuff that has all the fibers. You body needs fiber, and fiber is the best food for cleaning the colon. Mandolin vegetable slicer will give you fine vegetable slices that are easy to cook, chew and has all the fiber. Mandolin vegetable slicer is compact cheap and easy to clean. Get your kitchen equipped with gadgets that improve health, not pans for fries that fuel your family’s obesity!