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What Do Chiropractics and Cherry Juice Have In Common?

In this insomnia-plagued society that we live in, it is definitely good to know that there are ways to improve the quality and quantity of sleep we get every night. Of course, getting regular chiropractic adjustments is one of the most effective ways to start seeing improved sleep immediately.

When it comes to quick fixes, so to speak, I know I’ve always relied on hot tea, or even warm milk, to sip on at night if I feel I’m having trouble getting some rest. However, I recently learned from an article by Prevention that besides the classic standbys, there is a different drink that has been scientifically proven to induce longer, better quality sleep. Apparently, drinking tart cherry juice twice a day can help you sleep up to 90 minutes more at night.

As with the other drinks, it all comes down to the nutrients naturally found in the fruit. The juice produced from cherries contains two incredibly helpful sleep-inducing properties. Melatonin is the first one; this hormone is known to regulate our sleep-wake cycles to ensure that we receive adequate rest for the right amount of time. Cherry juice also contains the amino acid tryptophan. Tryptophan is also found in warm milk and turkey, which probably explains why the post-Thanksgiving meal nap is always one of the most restful naps of the year. One more added benefit from cherries? The classic fruit owes its ruby-red hue to proanthocyanidins, which are pigments that also contain an enzyme known to reduce inflammation in the body while slowing down the breakdown process of tryptophan, letting it linger in your body longer. Montmorency cherries are known to be the type of cherry that has particularly high levels of these compounds.

Researchers and doctors alike are starting to recommend cherry juice as a healthier, safer solution to improving quality of sleep, as opposed to pharmaceutical options. While sleeping pills can provide results and more restful sleep, there are always a large amount of side effects that can interrupt other aspects of your life. Why take that kind of risk when you can simply add two glasses of cherry juice into your diet? It’s healthier, safer, and I’m sure cherry juice tastes a lot better than any sleeping pill out on the market today.

Not a cherry fan? Not to worry! There are some other foods that seem to have similar effects on the body’s sleep cycle as cherry juice does. Eating kiwi before bed can help reduce instances of waking up in the middle of the night. Seaweed, meanwhile, contains plenty of Omega-3 DHA, which can help you fall asleep faster. Combining these healthy foods with regular chirorpactic care can really make a world of difference. 

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