Laura B. asks: “If one awakes in between 1 and 4 am every night for years, what can they do differently to stay asleep and sleep more deeply?”
If doctors and dietitians had a penny for every time they heard this complaint, they could comfortably retire on some exotic tropical island.
You know poor sleep makes you less productive and uncomfortably tired, but it can also wreak havoc on your hormones and health.
Studies shows that sleep, next to nutrition and exercise, becomes paramount to disease prevention and weight control. Why? A powerful hormone called cortisol controls how attuned your body is to normal rhythm. When cortisol becomes unbalanced, so does your health, and you feel it.
Your adrenal glands work hard to keep you balanced.
They are responsible for maintaining your body weight, moderating your stress response, regulating your blood sugar, controlling inflammation, and – most importantly to many of us sleep-deprived Americans – regulating sleep and wake cycles.
When your body’s stress response and blood sugars stay balanced, your pineal gland produces melatonin that pulses strongly in the late afternoon and evening to help you sleep, simultaneously allowing for your cortisol levels to drop off so that you feel calm and sleepy at night.
A healthy, balanced system means you fall asleep and stay asleep. But what happens if your cortisol stays elevated in the afternoon and evening? You may feel tired yet wired, as though you want to sleep but you just can’t. Or, as you experienced, you may fall asleep and then wake up around 1 – 4 a.m. Yikes!
Stress can affect your sleep wake cycles in numerous ways. It could be stress from psychological sources like work, family, and finances. It could be stress from physical incidents such as lack of exercise, too much screen time, junky food intake, toxic lifestyle or living environment, and imbalanced hormones. It could be a combination of both types of stress.
The two MOST common culprits threatening your sleep wake cycles are unregulated blood sugar levels or poor nutrition status and chronic stress.
Employ these strategies to optimize your nutrition so you handle stress effectively and get high-quality sleep throughout the whole night:
Eat on time. Cut out all munching no later than three hours before bed. Eating a heavy meal prior to bed practically guarantees a bad night’s sleep.
Time Your Carbs. Eat most of your daily intake of smart carbohydrates in the evening. Remember to cut out the white breads, flours, rice, and potatoes.
Ditch the diet. Eating too few calories or nutrients actually increases cortisol and wakes you up in the middle of the night. Follow a scientific program if you need to lose weight. Try Dr. Hyman’s The Blood Sugar Solution or 10–Day Detox Diet.
Write your worries down. One hour before bed, write down the things that cause you anxiety. Make plans for what you might have to do the next day to reduce your worry. It will free up your mind and energy to move into deep and restful sleep.
Magnificent Magnolia. Try Magnolia officinalis to help your body regulate stress hormones and deal with cortisol effectively. You can also take 200 – 400 mg of magnesium citrate or glycinate before bed, which helps relax the nervous system and muscles.
Ask for Ashwagandha. This adaptogenic herb helps your body adapt to stress and lessens the destruction stress can cause on your system, especially your sleep.
Befriend your circadian rhythm. Develop regular rhythms of sleep. Go to bed before 11p.m. and wake up at the same time each day.
Let there be NO light. Create total darkness and quiet. Consider using eyeshades and earplugs.
Avoid caffeine. A big cup of coffee or another caffeinated beverage may seem to help you stay awake, but actually makes your sleep worse.
Avoid alcohol. It might help you get to sleep, but alcohol creates interruptions in your sleep patterns and overall poor-quality sleep.
Love that sunshine. Maximize daylight exposure for at least 20 minutes daily. The light from the sun enters your eyes and triggers your brain to release specific chemicals and hormones like melatonin that are vital to healthy sleep, mood, and aging.
If you are still having trouble sleeping, get checked out for other problems that can interfere with sleep, including food sensitivities, thyroid problems, menopause, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, heavy metal toxicity, stress, and depression.
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Do You Know Your Body’s Most Important Weight Loss Secret?
By J. Davis III
Tags: HEALING | HEALTHY FATS | REMEDIES
Recently, Doctor of Naturopathy, weight-loss expert and best-selling Amazon author Liz Swann Miller, creator of the Red Smoothie Detox Factor, revealed 2 of the secrets to easy, steady weight loss. Secrets the big food corporations do their best to hide from us.
Secret #1: Enjoy real food. Don’t fall for the lie that you have to deprive yourself to lose weight.
Secret #2: stop eating out. You will automatically eat less without even noticing.
Then start detoxing your body with tasty, nourishing smoothies that are just as easy on your wallet as they are easy to make.
Because a single day of enjoying Liz’ smoothies demonstrated the radical power of her superfood-packed red smoothies to make me feel incredibly good.
Now prepare yourself for one of the biggest weight loss secrets there is. A secret that, when you use it properly, can transform your body and your health.
You probably know most of us eat too much processed food. What you may not know is that it’s full of toxic chemicals and substandard, dirt-cheap ingredients designed to make you eat more…and force you to gain weight.
Here’s how it works...
“That stuff is just a lot of calories your body can’t use,” Liz told me, “Some are poison. And all these foods are stripped of the anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatories that help your body detox. The result? Your body expends huge amounts of calories to eliminate some toxins—the rest, it stores in your fat to protect you. This is why most people are hungry all the time. They’re not getting energy they need.”
“So… what’s going on with me? Why am I losing weight but not going hungry?”
Liz paused, then dropped the bombshell.
Your body is designed to burn fat. You just have to let it.
“What? I thought we were designed to store fat?!?” We were Skyping and I was practically shouting. Then I heard Liz say…
What good is a fat reserve if you can’t burn it?
Liz continued: “You’re drinking smoothies packed with phytonutrients, anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatories that pull toxins out of you like a tractor beam. Allowing your body to burn those toxin-filled fat stores… and releasing tremendous amounts of stored energy.”
So that’s why I’m losing weight without going hungry.
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Natural Diabetes Treatment Works Better Than Prescription Drugs *PROOF*
By Richard Neal
Tags: HEALING | REMEDIES | PREVENTION
According the latest statistics, diagnosed and undiagnosed diabetes in the United States is reaching epidemic levels:
Total: 29.1 million people or 9.3% of the population have diabetes.
Diagnosed: 21.0 million people.
Undiagnosed: 8.1 million people (27.8% of people with diabetes are undiagnosed).
Source: CDC Website
Drugs Treat Symptoms, Not Disease
Pharmaceutical companies have been trying to shut these doctors down simply for revealing the truth about diabetes.
Scientific studies have proven that type 2 diabetes can be reversed naturally - but this information has been hidden and suppressed for decades.
Diabetics can normalize blood sugar, and be taken off all medication and insulin injections completely naturally.
Doctors at the International Council for Truth in Medicine are revealing the truth about diabetes in a shocking new online presentation.
In 3 Weeks, 71% Type 2 Diabetics Were Taken off ALL Medication
96% of patients were able to stop all insulin injections and 81% achieved complete relief of painful neuropathy.
Groundbreaking research published by the University of Kentucky, University of California and Newscastle University prove that type 2 diabetes CAN be reversed.
Blood sugar normalizes... neuropathy pain goes away...
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Doctors at the International Council for Truth in Medicine are revealing the truth about diabetes that has been suppressed for over 21 years.
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#1 muscle that eliminates joint and back pain, anxiety and looking fat
By J. Davis III
Tags: HEALING | PREVENTION
I bet you can’t guess which muscle in your body is the #1 muscle that eliminates joint and back pain, anxiety and looking fat.
This “hidden survival muscle” in your body will boost your energy levels, immune system, sexual function, strength and athletic performance when unlocked.
If this “hidden” most powerful primal muscle is healthy, we are healthy.
d) Hip Flexors
Take the quiz above and see if you got the correct answer!
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