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The Top 12 Insomnia Healing Superfoods

Welcome to My Healing Kitchen! As a member, you will receive weekly articles featuring the top Insomnia  Healing Superfoods.  (If you’re not yet a member, we invite you to join us!) Over 9,000 studies confirm that food is your best medicine. If you struggle to get more ZZZs, that’s encouraging news. Recent studies show that […]

Insomnia Responds to Stress Relief

Intense, prolonged stress is devastating to your health, as the recent Nurses Health Study of 20,000 women reveals. Whether the source of the stress you’re experiencing is physical, emotional, mental or environmental in nature, it drains your hard-working adrenal glands of critical hormone reserves needed to respond to stress in the body. It may seem […]

Exercise Improves Sleep

When you’re pooped out, the last thing you probably feel like doing is exercising. But graded exercise introduced over a period of time is one of the single best things you can do to improve fatigue and insomnia. Fatigue specialist Dr. James Wilson, author of Adrenal Fatigue: The 21st-Century Stress Syndrome, recommends you do any […]

Omega-3 Fish Oils Smooth Insomnia

People with insomnia and fatigue are usually deficient in omega-3 fatty acids, the healthy fatty acids that support the manufacture of cell membranes, the brain and mood-calming transmitters like serotonin, the brain chemical that allows neurons, or nerve cells, to communicate with one another. Serotonin deficiency particularly affects sleep, because serotonin converts to melatonin, the […]

Melatonin Melts Insomnia

People who suffer from insomnia are usually not manufacturing enough melatonin, the sleep-inducing hormone secreted by the pineal gland, the part of the brain in charge of sleep-wake cycles. The problems are exacerbated as we age, because melatonin production drops off after the 20s. Research shows that eating foods rich in tryptophan and taking extended-release […]

Magnificent Magnesium to the Rescue

Trace minerals are the unsung heroes of the nutritional world. This is particularly true of magnesium, which, according to recent research, is deficient in people living with chronic fatigue and insomnia. Magnesium is responsible for an astonishing 300 or more essential metabolic reactions in the body and is key to a healthy nervous system. Some […]

Glossary

ALA (alpha-linolenic acid) is an omega-3 fatty acid that is found in flax and walnuts. It is an anti-inflammatory and helps maintain a steady heartbeat. The body can transform a small portion of ALA into EPA and then DHA, which are more potent omega-3 fatty acids. Adrenal cell extracts come from the adrenal and thyroid […]

What is Insomnia?

Every night, 70 million Americans toss and turn, minds racing, unable to sleep and panicked over their wakefulness. Over-busy during the day and only able to quiet our minds enough to process our worries at night, we are rapidly becoming a nation of insomniacs. The word insomnia comes from Latin and means “no sleep.” Insomnia […]

Don’t Depend On Alcohol

Anxious and worried at night? Self-medicating with alcohol is an understandable if misguided solution. In moderation, alcohol allows you to relax, and in greater quantities knocks you out — for a few hours, anyway. But once your body has metabolized most of the alcohol and its sedative effect has worn off — well, you know […]

Can the Coffee

Ahhhh! The smell of freshly ground coffee in the morning. All by itself, that’s enough of an incentive to lure anybody out of bed — even those insomniacs who have managed just a few scant hours of sleep. But caffeine works so well because it’s a stimulant — a little helps you perform well; too […]

Sugar Is Not Your Friend

When you’re suffering from insomnia, too often you wake up feeling as if a truck ran over you. With deflated energy, foggy thinking and low stores of either patience or enthusiasm as yet another dawn breaks, it’s tempting to turn to that chocolate doughnut breakfast or the box of highly sweetened cereal to jump-start your […]

10 Tips for Better Sleep

1. Program your body’s sleep/wake cycle. Go to bed at the same time every night — preferably by 10 pm — and allow morning sunlight to awaken you, including on weekends. This gives your body a natural cue for transitioning into sleep and into wakefulness. 2. No naps! Sleep primarily at night. Napping robs you […]

Busy Bees Improve Your Z’s

As far back as biblical times, honey has been championed as Mother Nature’s perfect food. A complete protein containing all 8 amino acids, honey is filled with nutrients. Although it is pure sugar, it has a favorable 1:1 ratio of fructose and glucose, which improves blood sugar stability. It contains tryptophan, which helps trigger the […]

Sweet Dreams With Honey

For the sleep deprived among us, honey isn’t just a tasty folk remedy — it’s a potent cure for insomnia. Honey’s unique nutritional profile allows it to stabilize blood sugar and improve glycogen storage in the liver for better sleep. It contains the sleep-inducing amino acid tryptophan. Its omega-3 fatty acids support brain health and […]

Turkey — an Insomnia Superfood

When you suffer from insomnia, bedtime can be a time you dread. Will this be another night you lie awake for hours, or jolt awake at 3 am? To pump up your zees, try turkey as a bedtime snack! Turkey contains the amino acid tryptophan, which calms your brain and allows you to get to […]

Bravo for Broccoli — Fatigue’s Fabulou...

Anyone with insomnia knows that hungover feeling it leaves you with the next day. Do yourself a favor: Invite broccoli to the dinner table often. These friendly little green trees provide high levels of nutrients that support adrenal health and contain potent anti-inflammatory compounds that heal chronic inflammation, a precursor to inflammatory diseases and chronic […]