Late Night Nutrition. Excellent Video!. http :// www.youtube.com/watch?v=fOGHUaHrhsY. Grains. Decreasing the risk of heart disease and aiding in digestive health. The two types of grains are whole grains and refined grains.
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A quote taken from nutrition health net, “Vegetables provide essential nutrients and most are low in fat. They are an important source of potassium, magnesium, dietary fiber, folate, and vitamins A and C.”
Potassium: Helps maintain healthy blood pressure
Magnesium: Necessary for healthy bones, muscles and for healthy blood pressure
Fiber: As part of an overall healthy diet, helps reduce cholesterol levels and maintain digestive health
Folate: Helps the body form healthy red blood cells
Vitamin A: Keeps eyes and skin healthy and helps protect against infections
Vitamin C: Helps heal cuts and wounds, keeps teeth and gums healthy and aids in iron absorption
“Tryptophan, which is an amino acid component found in many plant and animal products, is one of the ingredients necessary for the body to make serotonin, which naturally creates feelings of calm and sleepiness. Tryptophan is transported to the brain by carbohydrates. The amino acid is then converted to serotonin by vitamin B6. Sodium rich foods like chicken and fish help to maintain the activity of serotonin in the body. Therefore, the combination of these food groups and nutrients at dinner can induce a better, deeper sleep.”
Conversely, going to sleep on an empty stomach can cause blood glucose levels to fall, which triggers the pancreas to secrete the hormone glucagon. According to Peel’s article, this can stimulate the appetite center of the brain and can cause a person to awaken.