All of us know the benefits of a good night sleep. Also, lots of us don’t have it every night for many reasons: maybe it’s too hot in your bedroom, maybe you were staring at your iPhone for too long, maybe you are overdressed for the night rest, maybe … Too many maybes, and one of the most important of them is your diet. Melatonin, vitamin and mineral deficiencies are the main contributors to poor sleep
Three nutrients and three common sleep problems
Here, we’d like to highlight the links between three nutrients and three common sleep problems:
(dietary surveys suggest that up to 80% of Americans are not getting enough magnesium from their diet)
(potassium is an essential mineral “salt”, most commonly known for its role in blood pressure regulation, and it works synergistically with magnesium to improve sleep)
Melatonin - most crucial nutrient that helps you sleep better
Keep your magnesium balanced with calcium, vitamin K2 and D
Do not take any vitamin or mineral supplement pills to correct the balance – it might make the situation worse. Correct it with a proper diet: with varied whole foods you will not end up with too much of one nutrient at the expense of others. Foods in general contain all the cofactors and needed co-nutrients in the proper amounts for optimal health. That is the reason why calcium supplements have become associated with increased risk of heart attacks and stroke, and why some people experience vitamin D toxicity.
The high-protein weight loss diet improves your sleep
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