New Year’s Goals: Reduce Stress and Increase Sleep

Have you started your New Year’s Resolutions yet? Are you still meeting those resolutions? One of the key resolutions most people strive for is the resolution of getting healthy. Yet, what does that mean? Considering getting more sleep, consuming more protein, adding essential nutrients to your daily routine, are ways to meet that health goal. So, here are some easy ways to do it.

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Goal: Get Essential Nutrients

While you may be thinking about healthy food, don’t stress yourself out about calories and the food dos and don’ts. Instead, start off your resolution by just making sure you take a daily supplement that contains Probiotics, Vitamin C, Omega 3, 6 and 9. The Vitamin Shoppe is a good source for supplements to meet this need.

Goal: Sleep Through the Night

Not only does more sleep mean being less cranky during the day, but during sleep, the body works on producing important hormones, creates new immune cells, repairs DNA, and regulates weight chemicals. So incorporate 1/3 cup of walnuts and sunflower seeds into your daily diet as a source of Vitamin B6, an important nutrient in sleep function. Then add a melatonin supplement before going to sleep at night, which assists in the sleep circadian rhythm (the internal body clock) and regulation of diverse body functions, especially sleep. You can find these supplements places like GNC.

Goal: Reduce Stress

An often overlooked mineral, magnesium is an essential cofactor in over 300 biochemical reactions. Adequate magnesium can help the body better respond to stress, increase energy production, balance blood pressure and promote relaxation. When cooking meals for the week, prepare at least 1 cup of green leafy vegetables daily for a great source of this helpful mineral. Check out your local natural food store for locally grown leafy veggies.

Goal: Snack Smarter

We often think of snacks for kids, but we need them too. A healthy diet minimizes stress and improves mood and sleep. Keep raw nuts, beef jerky or energy and protein bars on standby – in the glove compartment of your car or in your handbag. Protein is the key factor in hormone production, immune support and healthy weight management. All goals we are striving to improve in 2016!

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