Your body heals, repairs, and restores itself while you sleep. Plenty of studies prove, “those who get adequate (7-8 hours per night) and quality (5 -90 minutes sleep cycles without waking up) lose more weight than those who don’t”. So, getting a good night sleep is an ABSOLUTE MUST!
There are a lot of factors that can contribute to poor sleep like: being on electronics, drinking caffeine and eating too close to bedtime, a common side effect for many medications, an apprehensive restless worrisome mind, even working out too late, gut dysbiosis(bacterial imbalance) and especially a diet filled with processed foods and sugar.
FOODS TO IMPROVE SLEEP
Some studies show that diets low in magnesium alter the gut microbiota and are associated with altered anxiety-like behavior. Magnesium is known for it’s calming effect on the body so if you struggle with poor sleep and are more anxious then try incorporating magnesium rich foods like: spinach, swiss chard, pumpkin seeds, yogurt & kefir, almonds, black beans, avocado, & banana.
MAGNESIUM RICH SMOOTHIE
This Ginger Lime Protein Smoothie is a perfect recipe to provide the right ingredients to build healthy gut bacteria. It is packed with magnesium rich foods, high quality protein and of course is quick and simple to make. A powerful trifecta of healthy goodness 🙂
1 cup frozen pineapple chunks
1 cup unsweetened almond milk(or your favorite milk)
2 cups fresh spinach, packed
2 inch piece of ginger root, peeled and chopped
1/2 lime, juiced
2-4 Tablespoons Kefir
1 scoop unflavored or vanilla protein powder
BLEND ALL INGREDIENTS