Healthy diet = good sleep

The TV programme The Insomniacs, the Humo series about well-known Flemings who can’t believe sleep, and numerous articles about insomnia in newspapers and magazines … One thing is certain: insomnia is a hot item.

The healing? Well, unfortunately, a cure that works for everyone is not there. But I know, thanks to the stories of my patients, that healthy eating helps to sleep better.

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It is good that there is so much attention to insomnia. Because you’re going to lose a lack of sleep. Just ask each new parent. New mothers and fathers rarely look radiant – with all due respect. I still have an unpleasant feeling when I see pictures of myself from the time Matteo was a baby. 🙂

For new parents – and the insomniacs – it’s not about Wakey wakey, rise and shine. The first two could still be, but Shine? No, there is no way.

For a long time not sleeping is not good for your health. After a few weeks, you can Walking Dead, Your ability to concentrate is catastrophic, your memory easily wins the prize for the best screen at a kitchenware fair, you can’t get your words, you’re more flame-bearded and so on. Readers who suffer from insomnia undoubtedly know what I mean.

Melatonin, the sleep hormone

About 15 percent of Belgians suffer from insomnia. Do you ask them about the cause? Then you almost always get Stress in response. This is also the reason for insomnia, which gets attention in the media. And rightly so. Stress has a negative effect on sleep.

If you are stressed, your adrena Cortisol To. And cortisol limits the production of Serotonin, the happiness hormone that is also important for a good night’s sleep. Because serotonin stimulates the production of melatonin. And that’s the sleep hormone. Can you boost your Serotonin levels? Then you sleep better.

Relax, exercise and healthy eating

Often you are advised to relax, exercise more, limit your stressors, plan me time and get more in the sun (vitamin D you know). This allows you to reduce the production of cortisol and stimulate the production of Serotonin. And that’s all good advice. I would like to add a factor that is still too often overlooked: healthy diet – and thus also healthy intestine.

Healthy eating – and counting supplements – is not only important for your overall health and vitality, it is also important for a healthy night’s sleep. Sure Diet with vitamin B3, B6, B12, selenium, omega-3 fatty acids, zinc, tryptophan and magnesium.

Therefore, eat regularly:

  • Fish, Seafood
  • lean meat such as chicken or turkey
  • Bananas
  • Almonds
  • Cashew
  • Potatoes
  • Legumes
  • green vegetables
  • Avocado
  • Nuts and pips
  • Sesame
  • dark chocolate

On my website you will find some online workshops where I prepare delicious healthy breakfasts, snacks and drinks that will also help you sleep better. Yep, a breakfast that allows you to sleep better, even if it can be in the world of Goesting in Health. 😉

The power of the healthy gut

Healthy guts and a healthy intestinal flora are essential for efficient nutrient processing. It would take us too far to explain everything here, but your gut and intestinal flora actually control your whole body. They have an impact on, among others:

  • Your general health
  • Your immune system
  • Your mood
  • Your behaviour
  • Your heart rhythm
  • Your short-term memory
  • Your chance to develop diseases, disorders and depression
  • Your sleep

In my book Goesting in Health – Healthy diet for a calm gut and an energetic life Read more about the power of your gut. Come to think I would have been better subtitled. Healthy diet for calm intestines, an energetic life and a good night’s sleep Selected. An idea for the next book. 😉

Healthy greetings and good sleep