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Sleep Issues:
nutrition as first line of defense

while many causes account for sleep interference, 
it’s always best to look first for organic reasons  …
nutrition provides an overview of the body’s state of health…
first look to B complex intake for sleep issues -
this is because Vitamin B12 is crucial for the body’s production of melatonin, 
the “sleep hormone.” 


simple enough solution except the common mistake 
folks make here is thinking they just need to take B12 -
because B complex always appears in nature in its complete form, we know it all works together and missing one part or another, renders the complex unusable …
why? the complex needs a foundation in place first before ‘supplementing’ can help...
because otherwise, what are you ‘supplementing’?
this means that any deficiency in B complex indicates deficiency first in the overall
complex …
only when the body’s B complex needs are met will supplementation be effective 

to find out if you’re getting enough of this most essential nutrient component, 
click this link for more information in NHT’s READING ROOM 
on this sorely misunderstood yet most essential vitamin 

and in the spirit of a story's full coverage, even if not my personal experience,
there is a bit of a controversy seeming to implicate B complex as cause of sleep issues for some of us - could be a genetic issue or allergy-type reaction ..
for more information   click this link to access definitive off-site info about all things B complex 

aside from looking to B complex intake, there are other nutritional suspects to consider -
but first we must discern the type of sleep issue -situationally ...
is falling asleep the problem?
or is it waking up and not being able to get back to sleep?

if the problem is being unable to initially fall sleep then we look to …
--caffeine intake –– caffeine, like wheat, is hidden in everything 
from the obvious likecoffee to the not so obvious like OTC pain-killers,
and i think even a ‘fresh’ OJ offeredcaffeine in their ‘energy’ formula …
so even if you don’t drink coffee or coke, two common
sources, you may still be intaking a whollop of caffeine from other sources …
 be verymindful of the soda you drink –
caffeine doesn’t come in just brown elixirs;
mountain dew and others deliver a load of caffeine

-- sugar intake … and for the more sensitive, how close to bedtime?   
for some too close to bedtime (or any time after dinner) might not be a good idea and should be restricted to less rather than more …
watching sugar intake is challenging but only because it is
insidiously ‘hidden in full view’ by way of soda pop and candy …
Consider thatthe ads our kids are exposed to pander to these industries.
 even breakfast cereal is candy anymore as it contains a boot of sugar  --
and soda! if you're not taking it 'diet' (which you shouldn't be),
 one coke alone delivers 9 teaspoons of sugar – 
try taking your morning coffee with an equal amount –
to address just soda and candy intake could be life-changing in the sleep department

if the problem is staying asleep, or waking and being unable to get back to sleep, then we look to…

-- magnesium deficiency which is indicated when the issue isn’t so much about falling asleep as it is waking up 3, 4, 5 hours later and not being able to fall back to sleep … 
it’s like a cycle every night …   here’s what’s happening:  
because the muscles are tense from the day’s stress, when the deep sleep wears off, this tension wakes us up and keeps us awake – 
literal, probably measurable, tension in the muscles – 
this tension holds in negative life energies which over time
eventually become disease (or, ‘dis-ease’) in the body – for this reason it is essential 
that the muscles relax enough that fully healthful sleep is restored – 
relaxed sleep is the only means for the body to release the harmful negative energy 

enter: magnesium, the mineral relaxant of the highest order …
for more info on magnesium's important role in health maintenance, click this link 

for our purposes here it's enough to know 
that adding a magnesium product to your daily vitamin regimen will do wonders -

we recommend this product because it passes my own strict code for supplements 
and i've heard from clients who have sworn that it 'works like a sleeping pill' …
take one at bedtime and enjoy a nightful of fitful, deep sleep


Lastly, but certainly not least,
because sleep is in that shadow part of consciousness,
i'd be remiss as an intuitive healer if i did not mention
that there are  where (perhaps) other modes of healing might provide helpful influences to one's sleep impediments - solutions can be found in such areas
as feng shui, EMFs, crystals, flowers, to name a few, etc… 
if it's not a nutritional issue, the more adventurous may want to explore this link 
to see how else beyond nutrition i might be able to provide assistance.
as always the service fee is negotiable


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