Lately, sleep is one of the most common searches on Google today: people want and need more of it. It's understandable, many of us are constantly working and doing things, putting sleep low on the priority list.
There's not enough time in the day to optimize sleep.
One option is supplementation, with the intention to eliminate sleep deprivation or improve sleep quality.
In this article, we are going to go over four powerful supplements that have been shown to promote or improve sleep and sleep quality.
Melatonin is a hormone that is secreted in our brains that regulates our sleep: this means we produce it! It is secreted when we encounter COMPLETE darkness in the evenings, which tells our body that it's time to go to sleep.
Supplementing with melatonin has been shown to benefit people who are encountering stress-induced anxiety, insomnia and more. Here are some few of the following benefits:
Glycine is an amino acid and nootropic that helps assist in sleep and human body health. When it comes to body health, it helps maintain strength in your muscles/bones, improves metabolic function and more.
While our body typically produces it, supplementing with glycine has been shown to improve sleep quality, which also indirectly improves cognition.
L-Glycine has a few of the following benefits:
Supplementing with 0.5g-3g of additional Glycine tends to show great effects when it comes to sleep quality. Combined with supplements with Magnesium Glycinate, you may experience synergistic benefits with it.
Magnesium is an essential mineral that is found in nuts & leafy vegetables. It has been shown to assist in improving sleep quality, reduce blood pressure, and more.
Magnesium deficiencies are the second most common deficiency in the United States: this is because our diets are lacking nuts & vegetables that provide us magnesium.
According to a sleep quality study, magnesium has been shown to improve sleep quality in individuals who are deficient in the mineral to begin with.
L-Theanine is an amino acid & nootropic that's typically found in teas like green tea. It is typically not found in everyday diets, making it a great amino acid to supplement with!
While L-Theanine is typically used synergistically with Caffeine, it is a great supplement to use before bed due to it promoting relaxation.
Here are a few benefits of L-Theanine:
With our sleep reinforcer, Drift, on the way... we wanted to give you the components of the supplements so that you can understand more about them and their synergistic benefits.
While some components may seem unconventional to other sleep supplements, diving into the research, we found that these components are truly the powerhouses of sleep supplements.
Lastly, understand this: supplements augment who you are. You need to work on improving your sleep for these supplements to actually give you the benefit you are looking for. This means we challenge you to prioritize your sleep before supplementing for it!
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Until next time Reforged Legion, stand strong!
One of the most difficult things to implement is a diet or exercise regiment. According to one study, more than 50% of people will drop out of their exercise program within 6 months. Most of the time, this is a result of our exercise program not meeting expectations. Our hesitations typically come from ourselves - and it's never always one reason.
There are typically multiple reasons as to why we drop out of our exercise and nutrition regiments.
In this post, we are going to go over the five barriers that hold most of us back from fitness.
Let's dive in!
We all witness the initial water weight loss that comes from dieting... it's so cool to drop 5-10lbs in one week when we start.
And then, it slows down... it even stops.
Some people get disheartened from this and believe that it's in their genetics... that the diet didn't work... that no matter what they do, it's useless.
I've been there.
I've tried Intermittent Fasting, Ketogenic, and low-carb diets way before they were cool. To be honest, most of these methods were never sustainable for me in the long-term: I would eventually always stop them. Being that I grew up with a family whose meals were Mediterranean-styled, fruits, vegetables, and complex carbs were always a part of my life.
Sometimes, having trouble eliminating food groups in diets is not because of willpower or discipline... it's because of adherence. To us, adherence is the most important thing in a diet, as it eventually breeds discipline and consistency.
It was not until I incorporated Flexible Dieting that my entire lifestyle changed for the better.
In this post, we will explore the Flexible Dieting system in its entirety. It's a system I have used through quite a few successful fat loss and muscle gain phases since 2013.