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We all know that you are what you eat, our bodies are replacing cells each and every day. In fact, the oldest cell in your body will be less than seven years old, meaning that all of the food you eat every day helps build your body. More than that though, the expression you are what you eat goes beyond the simple replacement cells. The food that you eat affects your sleep and your health and moods. It is important to note that these three areas are not separate either, the truth is that what you eat can have a huge impact on your sleep, which in turn can affect both your health and your mood.
The old saying you are what you eat is actually spot on in a number of different ways. Literally you are actually made of all the different foods you eat, but figuratively what you eat has a huge impact on your sleep, which in turn effects your health and moods. That means that if you want to be happy and healthy, if you want to sleep well you need to eat the right foods. In this article we will tell you what foods to eat and what foods to avoid to sleep well and therefore be happy and heathy.
Fatty: For all you fast food junkies out there this will not be good news! The worst foods for sleeping are fatty foods, like burgers and pizza. As if you needed another reason to avoid these high-fat foods, all of the research shows that people who eat high-fat foods will not only gain weight, they also experience a disruption of their sleep cycles. Fatty meal activates digestion, which can lead to night time trips to the bathroom.
Spicy: For those who like it hot, you might want to avoid the spice at night. Lying down with a belly of spicy food can make you uncomfortable, since the digestive system slows down when you sleep and the spicy food can lead to heartburn.
Fruits: there are some fruits that are excellent at improving your sleep quality. The two leaders of the pack are cherries and bananas. Cherries naturally boosted the body’s supply of melatonin, one of the key sleep hormones. Bananas are an excellent source of magnesium and potassium, which help to relax overstressed muscles. They also contain tryptophan, which convert to serotonin and melatonin, the brain’s key calming hormones.
Dairy: If you want to sleep well you should eat dairy products, including yoghurt, milk and cheese. The calcium in dairy is great for sleep, it works to help stress reduction and stabilization of nerve fibres, including those in the brain.
Carbs: Yes, carbs are good for something: helping you sleep! Carbohydrate-rich foods complement dairy foods by increasing the level of sleep-inducing tryptophan in the blood. So a few perfect late night snacks to get you snoozing might include a bowl of cereal and milk, yogurt and crackers, or bread and cheese.
You are what you eat, so make sure that you eat the right foods. It really does make a big difference to your health and happiness. The great thing is that all of the foods that are good for sleep are also good for you in general and all of the foods that are bad for your sleep are bad for you in general. Eat healthy and eat properly and you will sleep well and be more healthy and more happy.
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