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5 Foods to Fight Insomnia

  • June 15, 2011
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Fish

Certain fish and sea creatures contain sleep-inducing tryptophan, including shrimp, cod, tuna, and halibut. But since not all seafood choices are healthy for us (some are high in contaminants) or for the planet (many are overfished, or methods for catching them kill other species), stick to catches like Pacific cod from Alaska or pole-caught Albacore tuna from the U.S. or British Columbia.

Carb/Protein Combo

If keeping track of the latest safe seafood guidelines is too complicated, you can get your tryptophan fix from other things. You’ve probably heard that warm milk can help you sleep, since milk contains tryptophan. But the key is to combine carbs with a protein containing tryptophan to help your body better utilize the sleep inducer. Try pairing a cup of whole grain cereal with organic milk before bedtime.

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5:51PM PDT on May 5, 2012

good to know

8:10AM PDT on May 5, 2012

good to know

8:31AM PDT on Oct 22, 2011

thanks

12:31PM PDT on Sep 29, 2011

Thank you

11:33AM PDT on Aug 28, 2011

thanks for the info

1:12AM PDT on Aug 24, 2011

Thanks for the info!

8:41AM PDT on Jul 26, 2011

thanks this is very informative i will surely try and do this now

11:36AM PDT on Jul 19, 2011

I´ve suffer from this terrible problem for years, but I´ve been taken meds. Is it possible to combine, untill I can sleep only with natural things?.Thanks so much 4 the info.

12:47AM PDT on Jul 4, 2011

noted

1:59PM PDT on Jul 2, 2011

interesting :-)

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