Dig In The Cherry Bowl For Best Sleep & Health

It is no secret, if you are a regular reader, that I focus on the topic of sleep quite a bit (like here and here and here to be exact). Yes, a tiny bit obsessed I am as I struggle with getting quality sleep a lot of the time and it is a very critical component of living the healthy life. Thus, anytime I hear of a study on it or any tips people want to share, I pretty much screech to a halt, whip my head around and lean in.

During one of those "leaning in" episodes, I learned of some new information that may help fellow insomniacs about a favorite fruit - cherries  - and their possible impact on our sleep.  But, before I even get to that, did you know that cherries (fresh or frozen) already have a lot of other great health benefits, too?

Dig into that bowl of cherries to keep your body in great health! Low in calories but high in health benefits for your heart, your brain, your waistline and to help you sleep! Tap here for all the details.




5 Reasons Why You Should Hit The Cherry Bowl


Reaching for a handful of cherries to improve your health is a smart move.  And, here is why I say that:

1.  Cherries are small but mighty brain disease fighters. 

Like I said - a smart idea to dig in the cherry bowl as research points to cherries as reducing symptoms of Alzheimer's disease and Huntington's disease.



2.  They are a dieter's dream.

They are low in calories with only 77 calories in one whole cup with two grams of fiber (not bad) and loads of vitamin C.



3.  They chase inflammation.  

And, that is certainly a very good thing.  Many doctors prescribe cherry juice for joint inflammation from gout and arthritis.  Moreover this article says eating cherries often can reduce markers for many other chronic inflammatory diseases.


4.  Gym rats rejoice. 

Cherries may reduce muscle soreness after a workout, and they can prevent greater muscle damage in the long run. It's those anti-inflammatory properties in cherries that probably have something to do with making that post-workout period more bearable.



5.  The red hue is good for your heart.

Those anthocyanins, which give cherries their deep red color, create a positive force for our heart health, lists this article on the research on that.

Tossing and turning at night?  Here is a natural and healthy way to get just the right amount of sleep you and your body need! Learn here how tart cherries can easily begin your road back to sweet dreams and a more energetic tomorrow! (TheHealthMinded.com) #health


Cherries and How It Can Help You Sleep


Impressive as that may all be, let's get back to the information on cherries and sleep I discovered recently as well as a challenge for you to try as well . . .

The quality of our sleep plays a significant role on our mood, our immune system, our energy level, our memory, our brain health, our blood pressure, our weight-loss efforts, the aging process and so, so much more.  There is a lot of research dollars being focused on this mysterious part of our lives and its effects and scientists are showing us the impact it has on our health.  It is what makes this research such great news as it is a possible natural way to help us sleep without the pills.

1.  Drink up to better sleep.

A new study found that for older adults with insomnia that drink Montmorency tart cherry juice twice a day for two weeks saw increased sleep time by nearly 90 minutes.  That is significant! Thus, sipping on tart cherry juice may help improve both the quality and duration of your sleep, reduce the severity of any insomnia that you may be suffering from and increase overall sleep efficiency.


2.  Cherry duo may do the trick.  

Tart cherries are a natural sources of melatonin, responsible for the regulation of the body’s internal clock as well as our sleep-wake cycle. Researchers believe it’s the double-whammy combination of melatonin and the anthocyanins in tart cherries that might help us get our best rest at night.




Insomniac or not, studies show cherries can help you sleep better! And who doesn't want more of that? Join this 2-week cherry sleep challenge with these few easy steps to tap here and see if you can look and feel more rested! (TheHealthminded.com) #health #sleep

The 2-Week Cherry Sleep Challenge


Let's put those cherries to the test, shall we? Fellow insomniacs or for those who just want to improve their sleep and their health, please take the cherry sleep challenge with me.  Here are the simple steps to do just that:

  1. Sip and enjoy two 8-ounce servings of tart cherry juice daily for the next two weeks and make sure one serving is in the evening.  
  2. Log your results and tweet me (use #cherriesforsleep), email me or come back and comment here on this post and let us know how and if the cherry juice is helping you sleep better.
  3. Follow me on Twitter here as I will be talking about my results over the next few weeks there and I would love to retweet your results, too.  

Montmorency tart cherry juice (found at most grocery stores) is on the pricey side, I know, but if you think about it, so are those sleep aides and doctor visits for all the ailments you will need help with from lack of good sleep. I say invest in yourself and your health and see if this can help! And, remember all the other great health benefits cherries contain.  It may help you in other areas of your health as well.

So, are you in? Let's see together if our nights of tossing and turning and watching the clock tick by are long gone. I can't wait to hear how it goes for you!




photo credit link: cherry bowl

21 comments:

  1. Wow! I had no idea! I'm going to look for cherry juice for my MIL who is a bad sleeper. Thanks for posting on #sharewithme !

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    1. I do hope it helps, Jennifer! Come back and let me know as I'd love to hear!

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  2. My son and I have had a lot of trouble sleeping lately. I love cherries! They are usually so expensive that I struggle to justify buying them. But if it helps with sleep, then it's worth it. Thanks for the info!

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    1. I hope it can help you and your son, Jamie. It is worth a shot but please take a look at the study guidelines or follow my challenge steps to ensure you are consuming enough of the cherries to make a true evaluation. Thanks so much for taking the time to comment.

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  3. This is so great--I will try to pick some up this weekend to participate in the challenge! Great idea!

    Julie
    http://makingmindfulness.blogspot.com

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    1. That would be great, Julie! Please do and I can't wait to hear how it goes for you.

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  4. Thanks for the good cherry news, what a wonderful fruit they are. I also wish they were not so expensive especially organic cherries. They taste so good and to be good for us that is a winner.
    Kathleen
    Fridays Blog Booster Party #21

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    1. Cherries can be pricey but frozen ones can be a more reasonable choice and the juice (with no sugar please) is an alternative as well. Thanks so much for coming by, Kathleen!

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  5. I had no idea cherries were so good for you! I agree with Kathleen Aherne- they are so expensive. That's why I don't buy them often, but I'll make sure to add them to my list the next time I have trouble sleeping.

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    1. I hope you do, Danielle! Glad you learned something new here!

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  6. I have problems sleeping soundly so I think I will try this cherry sleep challenge. Thank you for sharing your healthy and helpful post with us on the Healthy Happy Green and Natural Party Blog Hop. I'm pinning and sharing.

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    1. Wonderful! Please pop back in and let me know it goes for you, Deborah!

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  7. I started getting more into cherry to control inflammation. It is indeed a powerful tool.
    Thank you so much for sharing this post on #TipTuesday!

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    1. Good for you, Debbie. I does your body a lot of good! Thanks for adding in.

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  8. I never knew cherries were so good for you. I will have to make myself like them pronto and start benefitting from them. Thank you for linking up to Share With Me #sharewithme

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    1. I hope you do pick some up next time you are shopping and try some recipes with them, Jenny!

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  9. I'm totally intrigued...I've been having the worst sleep issues in the past few years, and I'm willing to try anything!

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    1. I hear ya, Alyssa. Do try it and I would absolutely love to hear your experience with it - good and not so good! Please come back and let us know.

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  10. These are awesome points. I love cherries.

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    1. Cherries really are little gems! We are lucky they are so good to eat and so good for us!

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  11. Thanks for the great info and participating in the pinterest game. I might try this especially since I love cherries!

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