Surefire Shortcut Makes You Sleep Like a Baby
One of the most important things you can do for your health and longevity is get a good night’s sleep.
Sleep has short-term effects on your brain function (try doing math after a crummy night’s sleep!)
But it also has long-term effects… for example, those who have Alzheimer’s are more likely to be poor sleepers.
But bad sleep affects more than our brains: our hearts and even our weight suffer from sleepless nights.
But there’s an easy, drug-free solution to help you sleep like a baby.
You’ve heard of probiotics (they are in SO MANY foods these days). Those healthy bacteria live in our digestive track and do many good things from us: including lowering inflammation, digesting food, providing us with nutrients… and much more.
But those probiotics need food in order to survive.
That’s where prebiotics come in. Prebiotics are specific fibers which can help those bacterial probiotics live, grow, and thrive.
And here’s what is wonderful: according to a new study published in Scientific Reports, a better gut bacterial environment (called the microbiome) can IMPROVE your quality of sleep and reduce anxiety and stress.
A study gave rats a prebiotic infused food or standard food without prebiotics and then put them through stress.
The rats on the prebiotic diet enjoyed more restorative sleep. The rats had more rapid eye movement (REM) sleep – which is a key element in the recovery of trauma.
Researchers discovered rats who ate prebiotic food, had a big spike in certain stress metabolite (called allopregnanolone – which has the potential to disrupt sleep). For rats who had the prebiotic diet, these spikes were absent.
You can find prebiotics in foods such as whole grains, bananas, greens, onions, garlic, soybeans and artichokes, but you can also supplement.
Add prebiotics to your diet and watch the health of your microbiome skyrocket.
To get better sleep, add the following.
Dr. Scott’s Better-Sleep Program:
- Exercise is one of the best paths to a good night’s sleep. When your body is physically tired, your mind has no choice but to give in. Find an exercise you love and increase how much you are exercising when you feel stressed.
- Avoid caffeine in the afternoon. This means skipping coffee, tea, chocolate, and energy drinks.
- Sleeping alone is another option for people who are woken up by their mate. The National Sleep Foundation found nearly 25 percent of couples sleep in separate beds.
- Calming herbs such as hops, passionflower, lemon balm, chamomile, and valerian all help relax the body and mind.
- Theanine is an amino acid found in green tea that helps people feel calm.
- Melatonin is a hormone that promotes good sleep.
Written By Dr. Scott Olson, ND
Nearly 25 years ago, failed mainstream medical treatments left Dr. Olson in constant pain – and his health in ruins. And that’s when he did something REVOLUTIONARY. He began his career in medicine – and dedicated his life to uncovering the true, underlying causes of disease.
Through his innovative medical practices in Tennessee and Colorado, Dr. Olson has helped cure countless seniors from across America of arthritis… heart disease… diabetes… and even cancer. All without risky prescription drugs or painful surgeries.
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