(Health Secrets) Insomnia, or inability to sleep, is very common near the end of a pregnancy, usually during only in the last trimester. There are many reasons as to why this is. One big reason is that with the baby almost to term, it is difficult to get comfortable doing anything. There is also the fact that your mood is changing so often due to hormones, which taxes your ability to get into nice REM sleep. Although we wish we could relieve the discomfort that the little one is putting on you, we really can’t. But with specific nutritional changes we can help make it more manageable.
B vitamins are one of the most crucial supplements for sleep and neurological health. These neurological powerhouses can be found in green leafy vegetables, yeast and wheat germ. B vitamins are also found in live unsweetened yogurt and meats like turkey, chicken and tuna. These foods are low in sugar and stimulate a process in the body which causes an increased secretion of serotonin, which is a feel-good neurotransmitter that helps you go to sleep.
The other crucial vitamins are calcium and magnesium. Magnesium is responsible for a large portion of the P450 pathways, which are the main detox pathways of the body. If these pathways are undernourished and lack magnesium or zinc, they cannot function properly and help to remove body toxins.
This then causes the body to be stressed even more, which will affect your cortisol levels and put the body into even more stress which hinders your ability to sleep. Other than taking a supplement, food sources that are high in calcium and magnesium and are strong aids for sleep include the leafy greens, sunflower seeds, and almonds.
These remedies are also great for leg and foot cramps. Most of insomnia and cramping occurs from a lack of vitamins and minerals, making magnesium one of the most important vitamins for the pregnant woman.
Part of that way is through the blood, but the other part of that equation is back to the P450 pathways. There are many P45o pathways in the body, but the best way to describe all of them collectively is that they empty out the garbage. Anytime there is a buildup of debris in a cell, then the P450 pathways kick in and remove it, and put it into a state so that the body can excrete it. With magnesium and zinc responsible for over 80% of the reactions in these pathways, they are a necessity to keep your body detoxified.
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