Healthy Foods for a Deep Sleep

Did you know that you that the foods you eat can determine the quality of your sleep later on? For those insomniacs or anyone that just wants to obtain the best rest possible, here are some suggestions for a bed time snack that will do the trick. The secret is a food that combines tryptophan with something rich in carbohydrates. Tryptophan can only be obtained from the foods you eat, the body can't produce it. When it enters into your bloodstream and then your brain it produces serotonin.
Serotonin gives one that relaxed, calm feeling we associate with a good nights sleep. It's important to combine tryptophan with a carb rich food because it competes with other amino acids for space in your brain, the carbs release insulin that sidelines many of the other amino acids in the brain, leaving space for tryptophan. Here are some foods rich in trypotophan and how to combine them with carbs: chickpeas (hummus with pita), miso (rice and miso soup), peanuts (peanut butter and crackers), soy milk (with whole grain cereal), lentils (and rice), beans (black beans, rice and guacamole) and eggs (egg and whole grain toast).

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