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Let’s talk a little about a sleep hack I have been experimenting with lately.
🌰PISTACHIOS 2 HOURS BEFORE BED….
📚INCREASES MELATONIN LEVELS:
Exceptionally high melatonin concentrations (227–233 μg/g) have been found in four different varieties of Pistachio nuts (Pistacia vera L.) (Oladi et al., 2014); they are the highest values reported for any plant organ to date.
Potassium plays a key role in regulating REM sleep and pistachios are a rich source of potassium (Dreher et al., 2012).
Vitamin B6 is an essential co-factor for the conversion of tryptophan into serotonin, and subsequently melatonin. This will also improve sleep. Pistachios are a rich source of B6 (Jones et al., 2011).
⚡️EXTRA BONUS BENEFIT:
Pistachio Nut Consumption Increases Heart Rate Variability (higher = better for health) and Reduces Blood Pressure in Well‐Controlled Type 2 Diabetes: a Randomized Trial (Sander et al., 2014).
But wait a moment… what’s so important about Heart Rate Variability (HRV)?
Well, if there is a single biomarker you should strive to optimize for ULTIMATE health, it’s your HRV.
On the contrary, if you’re overtrained, not well-rested, or sleep-deprived, the normally healthy beat-to-beat variation in your heart rhythm begins to diminish, thereby indicating a low HRV.
Remember how I spoke about gut health last week?
Well, did you know that ENDOTOXIN, can actually decrease HRV values!?
More on endotoxin in the next few weeks.
But for now, happy pistachioing!
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