9 Powerful Nutrients that help you get a good night’s Sleep [Infographic]

What the heck happened? It is another Tuesday night and you are again rolling in your bed trying get some sleep. You have your earbuds in and your sleep mask on, so why do you still have problems with falling asleep?

What if I told you that you can get rid of these horrible insomnia nights? The solution is adding simple food products to your diet to ensure you get the right sleep improving nutrients.

A mistake a lot of people make is consuming stimulants after 14:00. An Example of a stimulant would be caffeine. So, imagine this you are at work and thinking of getting that dark chocolate or another coffee.

It is just a small snack/drink, right? Yes, but it also has a great impact on your sleep since caffeine takes a while to wear of. People tend to underestimate how much of an influence a cup of coffee at 15:00 can have on your sleep.

But enough about avoiding consumables before bedtime. As said before Eating the right foods can have a big positive impact on you sleep quality. If you are interested then keep on reading because you are about to discover the holy grail of sleep enriching foods.

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Benefits of Matcha [Infographics]

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Matcha (抹茶, pronounced [mat.tɕa]) is finely milled or fine powder green tea. The Japanese tea ceremony centers on the preparation, serving, and drinking of matcha. In modern times, matcha has also come to be used to flavour and dye foods such as mochi and soba noodles, green tea ice cream and a variety of wagashi (Japanese confectionery). Matcha is a fine-ground, powdered, high-quality green tea and not the same as konacha.

Blends of matcha are given poetic names called chamei (“tea names”) either by the producing plantation, shop or creator of the blend, or by the grand master of a particular tea tradition. When a blend is named by the grand master of a tea ceremony lineage, it becomes known as the master’s konomi, or favoured blend.

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Benefits of Moringa

Originally Published by Mat on The Moringa Project

The Moringa Oleifera tree has a long list of reported benefits and potential applications. This infographic will help you sort through the myth and rumors to understand the more evidence based side of the nutritional moringa benefits and potential applications.

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Reasons to Drink Lemon Water in the Morning

Originally posted by Sayer Ji on GreenMed

Did you know that lemons have more potassium than apples or grapes? This interesting fact is just one of the many reasons why drinking lemon juice every morning can impact your health. Starting your day with lemon juice is an excellent way to boost vitality, increase energy and cleanse out your system. The first thing you put in your body each day can have a big impact on your productivity and mood. That’s why it’s recommended to start the day with a warm jar of lemon water. You can use anywhere from one half to a whole lemon each morning.

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Don’t ever peel your potatoes again! Benefits and Preparation Ideas

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Potato skins are rich in nutrients that benefit your health.
Potato skins are rich in nutrients that benefit your health.

Do you pitch the peels of potatoes into the garbage disposal? You could be discarding a wealth of good-for-you ingredients. The skins are loaded with disease-fighting nutrients and weight-friendly fiber. By incorporating potato skins into your diet, you’ll get more healthy meals from each potato.

Fiber

Half the spud’s fiber is in the skin. Fiber helps prevent constipation and may reduce the risk of colon cancer, heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Fiber also helps you maintain a healthy weight, according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. One reason: Eating foods with fiber helps prevent blood sugar slumps that can cause hunger and lead to mindless snacking, explains Connie Diekman, director of university nutrition at Washington University in St. Louis. The nutrition academy notes that most people don’t get enough fiber. Up to age 50, women need 25 grams daily, while men should get 38 grams. After age 50, both genders need slightly less fiber. Potato skins are rich in fiber with 2 grams per ounce.

Potassium

Potatoes are brimming with potassium, an essential mineral. Studies have linked potassium with a lower risk of dying from a heart attack, possibly because it lowers blood pressure. Getting enough potassium also reduces your risk of having a stroke, but only if your potassium comes from food, not supplements, reports the University of Maryland Medical Center. Potassium may also play a role in preventing osteoporosis, but as of 2012 more research was needed to confirm this connection. Another potassium plus: Eating healthy foods high in potassium may help prevent water retention that can make you weigh more, Diekman notes.

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