How To Get Better Sleep
Do you get 8 hours of sleep consistently?
Sleep is a super important part of a Healthy Lifestyle…. Here’s why:
Almost all of the body’s restoration happens at night - when you’re sleeping. When you allow your body enough rest, amazing things happen.
When you sleep, your body restores any damage it can in your tissues and cells (removing toxins and healing physical wounds). It neutralizes neurotoxins and balances chemicals (including hormones). Your brain is largely repaired during REM sleep and your immune system is strengthened while you sleep.
When you don’t get enough (good) sleep consistently, your body will age faster simply because it’s not given the time to properly recover from the day – exercise, environmental toxins, stress, etc.
So, how can we begin to get into a better sleep routine? It takes practice and commitment. It has to be a priority – just like eating healthy and exercising regularly. But, when you get enough sleep, you’ll notice you’re better equipped to handle what the day throws at you.
Check out our favorite supplements below to assist in getting the best nights’ sleep, too!
Sleep Well With This Recipe
Salmon with Bok Choi
1 lb wild-caught salmon Extra-virgin olive oil in spray pump bottleSeveral sliced lemon wedges1 cup black rice (also called “Forbidden Rice, in specialty food markets)
1 bunch baby bok choy
4 slices pineapple rings
Rice: Prepare the black rice according to package. (You can either soak it overnight for optimal digestion or simply wash it well 2-3 times and drain). Place rice in a pot with 2 cups water and a couple of pinches of sea salt. Cover with a tight-fitting lid, bring to a boil and reduce to simmer. If you are using soaked rice, check for doneness after 20 minutes, and drain any excess water. Otherwise leave rice to cook for 50-60 minutes. The rice should be soft, yet chewy. (You can also use a rice cooker).
Salmon: Preheat grill for medium heat. Lightly oil grill with coconut oil (high heat). Cook salmon for 6 – 8 minutes per side, or until the fish flakes easily with a fork.
Grilled pineapple: Place pineapple slices (or wedges) on the grill and cook approximately 4 minutes on each side (turning so that grill marks are on all sides) until the pineapple looks done but not burned.
Blanched Bok Choy:
Bring water to a rolling boil. Add bok choy and cook for 3 – 4 minutes. Drain and run under cool water to stop the cooking.
Serve salmon with lemon.
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