Foods to fight insomnia
Foods to fight insomnia
By Cory Quirino
SOMEWHERE along the way we forget the basic truths handed down to us by our parents. Here are some:
Mind your greens
To many, the word “healthy” means tasteless and unappetizing. If you don’t enjoy vegetables, chances are, the sight of a salad would turn you off.
Vegetables are called longevity and immunity foods. Like high-octane fuels, they prevent premature aging and the onset of diseases. Loaded with calcium and minerals, they promote bone strength, prevent weight gain, lower cholesterol and blood sugar levels.
Work your brain
Always keep your mind alert. Billions of brain cells require exercise. The more active the brain, the sharper the memory. Do brain workouts like reading and crossword puzzles or learn a new language or skill.
Every breath you take generates free radicals that bring about uncontrolled oxidants that damage cells. The older you get, the less natural antioxidants your body produces to keep these destructive molecules under control.
The more free radical molecules accumulate in the body, the more compromised your immune system will be. And what are the results? Wrinkles and degenerative diseases.
A healthy diet alone isn’t enough to meet your antioxidant needs. Other factors that increase free radicals are air pollution, smoking and secondhand smoke, dietary carcinogens like nitrites/nitrates or charcoal boiled in very high temperature, x-rays, excessive sun exposure, over-vigorous exercise and mental/emotional stress.
Get enough sleep
Whatever your job, remember your body needs 6-8 hours of sleep daily.
Alter your diet to include foods that can battle insomnia:
Potassium—bananas, leafy green veggies, watercress, citrus
Fruits, sunflower seeds
B Complex—cantaloupe, yeast, brewer’s yeast, raisins, beans
Biotin—unpolished rice, nuts, beef liver
Calcium—milk, meat, fish, eggs, cereals, veggies, fruits
Supplements—melatonin: 1.5 mg, half an hour before bedtime; vitamin B6: 100 mg; niacinamide: 100 mg; and chelated calcium and magnesium half an hour before bedtime
One herbal tea bag (chamomile or mint), add one tbsp of milk, mix in three raisins, chill with ice cube. Sip slowly and relax.
In a tub of warm water, mix in the rinds of orange, lemon and calamansi. Soak for five minutes.
Affirm today: “Life is good to me.”
Love and light!