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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Sleep Well: What to Eat for Better Sleep

Well, well, well, Valentine's Day and CNY is just around the corner!! Busy preparing? Well, remember to sleep well, because sleeping is vital for your beauty! Do check it out what to consume for a better sleep! ^^ FiY cares about you ^^
Sleep Well: What to Eat for Better Sleep
By Ana Mantica

Vitamins and Minerals for Great Sleep
These vitamins and minerals will help you snooze soundly tonight. Eat 'em and sleep:

B Vitamins
They improve your body's ability to regulate its use of sleep-inducing tryptophan and produce more system-calming serotonin.

Find Them In: Chicken breast, lean beef, salmon, bananas, potatoes, cereals fortified with B3 or B12

This natural relaxant has a calming effect on the body's nervous system.

Find It In: Low-fat yogurt, milk, cheese, fortified orange juice

Deficiency in this mineral has been linked to insomnia.

Find It In: Oysters, beef, Alaska king crab, fortified cereal

A lack of this mineral can cause symptoms similar to restless leg syndrome.

Find It In: Oysters, clams, beef tenderloin, dark-meat turkey

This substance regulates serotonin.

Find It In: Whole grains, beans, nuts, potatoes, dark leafy greens

Bedtime Snacks Under 200 Calories
Choose one of these combos; the fifty-fifty mix of carbs and protein ups sleep-inducing serotonin levels.

•1/2 cup whole-grain cereal with 1/2 cup nonfat milk
•6 ounces low-fat yogurt and a sprinkling of berries
•1 slice whole wheat toast and 1 tablespoon peanut butter
•3.5 ounces fat-free vanilla pudding and 4 graham crackers
•1/2 whole wheat pita and 2 tablespoons hummus
•1 oatmeal raisin cookie and 8 ounces skim milk
•6 whole-grain crackers and a small handful of walnuts

Originally published in FITNESS magazine, November/December 2009.

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