Do you need a good night's sleep? Without enough sleep, your brain and body systems won't function normally. It can also dramatically lower your quality of life and well-being. Forget the glass of wine, winding down the day with a potassium, melatonin, and magnesium rich Pearl Powder, Cherry, Banana, Almond Smoothie is a delicious natural sleep remedy that will woo you into a good night's sleep.
This smoothie can be made quite easily before bedtime and is fantastic for promoting healthy sleep patterns.
This Deep Sleep Smoothie for insomnia contains many sleep-promoting compounds. Almonds have tryptophan and melatonin, while bananas boast muscle-relaxing potassium and magnesium. Pearl Powder contains sedation and tranquilization agents, and tart cherry juice is rich in melatonin, the hormone that regulates sleep.
Pearl Powder has been used for centuries for calming the nervous system, relieving stress, elevating the mood, and promoting energy and deep sleep. Pearl is an adaptogen. Its dual-action activity works to stabilize and balance the body by providing energy throughout the day and promoting sleep and relaxation at night.
Studies have shown that Pearl can down-regulate the expression of 5-HT (serotonin blocker) and up-regulate the level of GABA (Gamma-Aminobutyric Acid) activity in the brain and body. Their findings correlated with the traditional use of pearl and nacre as sedation and tranquilization agents. High levels of GABA have shown to reduce stress and anxiety, and promote better sleep.
Scientific research discovered that pearl can increase positive "elevated mood" neurotransmitters, and thus reduce the level of stress, and promote a more peaceful, positive internal biochemistry, to promote deep sleep.
Tart Cherry Juice is naturally rich in melatonin, the hormone that regulates sleep. This juice can help increase the body's melatonin levels to reduce symptoms of insomnia and can result in better quality sleep. The European Journal of Medicine showed that tart cherry juice can improve the quality of sleep, sleep duration, and help reduce the need for daytime napping. Their research found that adults who drank tart cherry juice experienced a demonstrable increase in sleep efficiency as well as a 39 minute increase in average sleep duration.
Banana's are high in potassium and magnesium. These two minerals relax your muscles and help you unwind at the end of a long day. Bananas also contain tryptophan, which we all know from our Thanksgiving Turkey, can induce sleepiness.
Almonds are high in sleep-promoting hormones and minerals. Almonds contain tryptophan and melatonin. Studies have shown that taking melatonin can improve sleep quantity and quality Tryptophan provides sleep inducing amino acids that reportedly help counter sleep disturbances.
Almond Milk is made from whole almonds which promotes good sleep. Almond milk is high in sleep-promoting hormones and minerals, including tryptophan, melatonin, and magnesium. Almond milk is also high in compounds that help you fall asleep and stay asleep.
Greek Yogurt contains an amino acid called tryptophan, which helps you to feel drowsier before going to bed. After you eat foods rich in tryptophan, your body converts it into two hormones, serotonin and melatonin, which promote a restful night's sleep.
By combining bananas, almond milk, Greek yogurt and pearl powder in a smoothie, you can pack in a powerful tryptophan and melatonin punch to help reduce symptoms of insomnia.
This smoothie is just the remedy you need to fight off insomnia.
Deep Sleep Smoothie For Insomnia
1/2 tsp Pearl Powder
1 fresh or frozen banana
2 oz. tart cherry juice
1 cup almond milk
1 tbsp almond butter
1 cup Greek vanilla yogurt
1/2 cup of ice (if using fresh a banana)
Put all of the ingredients in your blender and blend until smooth.