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The Wonders of Banana Tea








When taken about an hour before bed, banana tea can help calm the nervous system and help the body prepare for deep sleep.


That’s because banana peels contain potassium and magnesium, which are both natural muscle relaxants. Magnesium is often called the “magic mineral” because it also helps with hormone balance, stress support, detoxification and more.


Bananas also contain “the amino acid L-tryptophan, which gets converted to 5-HTP in the brain. The 5-HTP in turn is converted to serotonin (a relaxing neurotransmitter) and melatonin,” aka the sleep hormone.


How To Make Banana Tea


Whole banana tea is naturally sweetened, which is nice. However, it does contain sugar that can raise blood glucose levels. I try to avoid consuming sugar just before bed.


My recipe below uses the entire banana. I recommend opting for organic bananas because conventionally grown bananas are heavily sprayed with pesticides.


Create and drink one hour before bedtime.


Banana Tea Recipe for Restful Sleep


Ingredients

1 organic banana, ends trimmed off – can cut in half to fit in pot 1¼ cup water 1 cinnamon stick (optional – a dash of cinnamon will also work) ¼ tsp vanilla extract Instructions

1. Place chopped banana, cinnamon stick/dash of cinnamon powder (if using) and water in a small pot and bring to a boil.

2. Cover, reduce heat and simmer on low for 8-10 minutes.

3. Remove from heat and strain out the banana.

4. Add cinnamon and/or vanilla extract (if using).

5. Enjoy a peaceful and restful nights sleep.



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