Not all of us are blessed with being able to sleep through the night. I gave that up 100% when I had children, but even on the amazing nights when my family is resting peacefully, I still find myself with eyes wide open every couple of hours.
When I told my doctor about my poor sleep habits, he recommended a magic does of calcium and magnesium at the end of the day.
This is genius. And for me, it’s worked like a charm!
The combination of calcium and magnesium doesn’t help you fall asleep, but once you are asleep, it helps keep you there. Dr. James F. Balch reports that “A lack of the nutrients calcium and magnesium will cause you to wake up after a few hours and not be able to return to sleep.”
In addition to this brilliant nutrient combination, new research out of the University of Wisconsin is giving sleeping credit to potassium, stating that it helps you maintain a normal, slow wave sleep.
Since I’m horrible at taking pills, it’s time to get juicing!
Produce with high concentrations of sleep-inducing nutrients
The following produce has the highest count of the nutrients you need.
Calcium (the daily recommend dietary intake for most adults is about 1,000 mg): Chinese Cabbage, Bok Choi, Turnip Greens, Kale (1 cup = 90mg), Broccoli
Magnesium (the daily recommended dietary intake for males is about 400-420 and for females 300-320 mg): Spinach (it’s your best bet with 1/2 cup = 78mg), Blackberries, Raspberries
Potassium (the daily recommend dietary intake for most adults is about 3,500mg): Spinach again (167 mg in 1 cup), Sweet Potato, Parsnips, Broccoli, Kale (299 mg in 1 cup), Carrots
So, end your day with one these nighttime recipes, and stay asleep peacefully, longer!
- 1 cup Raspberries
- ½ cup Strawberries (another source of calcium)
- 2 Oranges
- 2 Carrots
Wash all produce. Cut the tops off of the carrots and strawberries. Remove the peel from your oranges. Juice and enjoy!
- 1 stem broccoli
- 2 cups spinach
- 3 cups kale
- 2 carrots
Wash all produce. Cut the tops off of the carrots. Juice and enjoy! (tip: for your loose leaves like kale and spinach, it’s easier to roll them up in bunches before juicing)
Share your other favorite bedtime juice by leaving me a comment below!