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RELAX: PASSION FRUIT JUICE

Lori Wasserman - Author  | 
April 26, 2016
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Tossing and turning all night? Feeling anxious and restless?

It seems as if insomnia and anxiety are sweeping western society faster than the Hunger Games, and both are equally as unnerving. Americans are prescribed more prescription sleep aids than members of any other country (the Brits clock in at a close second).  This is a dangerous and scary business.

Prescription sleep aids are not always the route to go when in search of quality sleep.  They contain a mild sedative to help you fall asleep, but the second half of the equation is a drug used in anesthesia which induces amnesia – in other words, it makes you forget you tossed and turned all night. Hence all the reports of binge eating in your sleep, taking trips to McDonald’s in your nightie, and driving under the influence of the drugs with no memory of the event.

We’ve turned to a natural alternative that is unlikely to have you getting caught doing anything in your underwear with your eyes closed, unless….you know, that’s your thing.

PASSION FRUIT JUICE

For eons Passion Fruit Juice has been used to treat insomnia and anxiety with tremendous success. The mild sedative properties found in passion fruit relax your body and mind allowing you to drift off to sleep peacefully and stay asleep. It takes the edge off of mild anxiety. Just a shot glass full about an hour before bedtime or whenever you’re feeling anxious will do the trick.

You can find passion fruit puree in most South American and Latin-American bodegas as well as international food stores and most health food shops. An important thing to look for on the label:  no added sugar. Added sugar or high fructose corn syrup will cancel out the sedative properties. The natural drink is a bit tart, but so worth it. So get into your favorite PJs, drink your passion fruit juice and crawl under the covers with a good book or magazine (no TV–it stimulates the brain by bombarding it with light and images actually impeding your ability to relax and fall asleep). Sweet (and kind of tart) dreams!

 

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