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Top Calming Nutrients

By sandraljames, Mar 11 2016 03:00PM


Magnesium

Magnesium has to be the number one calming nutrient. Often nicknamed 'nature's tranquiliser', magnesium can have an instantly calming effect. Unfortunately, magnesium is often completely lacking from a typical Western diet and is used up in huge amounts during times of stress. Floating, Epsom salt baths or supplementation with magnesium can help to restore levels and can lead to feelings of almost instant calm.


B Vitamins

This important complex of water-soluble nutrients are a vital component of a healthy functioning nervous system. B Vitamins are found in fresh, whole foods and are often lacking from a typical Western diet. The B complex are used up rapidly during stress and can help to support a calmer state. 


L-Theanine 

An amino acid found naturally in tea which has been shown to have a soothing and calming effect. Matcha green tea has high amounts of l-theanine so swop your coffee for a cup of matcha tea.


Glycine

A little referred to, naturally occurring, non-essential amino acid yet important for its role in the sleep cycle. It has been found to be particularly useful for those prone to waking in the middle of the night and may help to support restful sleep, an important aspect of general feelings of calm and wellbeing. Collagen and gelatin are very high in glycine so you can get this nutrient from home-made bone broth or have a tablespoon of collagen in a little water before bed for an amazing night’s sleep (Great Lakes is a good brand). Vegetarian glycine sources include soybeans, spinach, kale, cauliflower, cabbage, pumpkin, banana and kiwi fruit


Vitamin C

This essential nutrient helps to support the adrenal glands and helps you to deal with stress. 1000mg vitamin C with bioflavonoids taken daily can have a calming effect on the nervous system.  Eat foods rich in Vitamin C every day - bell peppers, dark leafy greens, kiwifruit, broccoli, berries, citrus fruits, tomatoes, peas, and papayas to get the full benefit.


Herbs

There are also some amazing calming herbs which can be drunk as teas

• Chamomile

• Lemon balm

• Lavender

• Valerian

• Passionflower

Pukka do some nice combinations such as Relax tea and Night time tea that include several of the above.

You can also put a few drops of lavender oil in your bath or on your pillow.


So include some of the suggestions above, take a few deep breaths and see if it helps you find your inner calm!



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