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Myth or Medicine – Beauty Sleep and How to Get It

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From Disney princess to a science-backed fact. Your eight hours of sleep is more important than you think.

According to Zoe Dent, Expert Nutritionist and Health Scientist at Amazonia, lack of sleep is the likely culprit to many health problems. Including how beautiful you look.

We’re all probably familiar with the dull, dreary complexion that comes after hitting the hay well after our bedtime, depriving ourselves of a solid siesta. In fact, it’s the scientific explanation behind such factors as skin break-outs, poor mental clarity, tired puffy eyes, decreased productivity, low self-esteem and even depression.

Proving that beauty sleep is a real thing and an imperative to a happier, healthier life.

Thanks to Zoe, we can share these three science-backed benefits of sleep and some simple strategies you can implement to ensure you’re well-rested, healthy and beautiful!

1. For faster-healing and more youthful skin

Move over fountain of youth. Are you searching for that refreshed complexion from decades past? Well, the answer might lie on your pillow. Your skin uses sleep hours to heal itself from the day’s damage, which means when you enter dreamland, your skin gets the chance to improve and restore, while slowing down the skin’s ageing process and loss of collagen. In short: sleep deprivation can mean more wrinkles and fine lines.

2. For a stronger immune system

When it comes to your health, sleep plays a vital role. While getting extra z’s won’t necessarily prevent you from getting sick, skipping on sleep could adversely affect your immunity, leaving you vulnerable to a bad cold, or worse! To keep yourself sniffle-free, your body needs sufficient sleep in order to produce the proteins that effectively fight against infection and inflammation. Adding to this, a weakened immunity is linked to aggravating skin issues like acne, psoriasis and eczema.

3. For weight loss

Even with the very best diet and fitness routine, if your sleep routine is off, you’ll struggle. When you have a bad night’s sleep how do you feel? Exhausted, dazed, grumpy and maybe even confused? Well, it’s not just your brain and body that feel that way – your fat cells do too. Ensuring you’re well-rested can increase your ability to shed unwanted fat significantly.

How to fix your poor sleep?

The cause as to why people aren’t getting enough sleep comes down to a range of health issues. Zoe states one major problem is poor gut health, which displays signs of insomnia, circadian disturbance and depression – the latter, a factor itself for insomnia too with studies showing depressed individuals are 10 times more likely to be insomniacs. Hence why by improving gut health, you not only improve sleep directly but also indirectly by reducing the chances of depression.

To put it statistically, 90 percent of the body’s serotonin is created in the gut, which is vital for feeling alert, awake and energised in the morning. And as day turns to night, the serotonin is converted to melatonin, also known as the number one hormone to promote sleep.

So, to help you get kickstarted, Expert Nutritionist and Health Scientist at Amazonia, Zoe Dent, has kindly shared four recipes that will help you get a good night’s sleep:
Raspberry Smoothie
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Raspberry Smoothie

Ingredients
1 serve Amazonia Raw Protein Slim & Tone Vanilla Cinnamon
1 serve Amazonia Raw Pre-probiotic
1 cup frozen raspberries
1 tbsp chia seeds
150mL coconut water
200mL coconut cream

Directions 
1. Add ingredients into a blender and combine
2. Pour into a glass and enjoy immediately

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Tropical Glow Smoothie
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Tropical Glow Smoothie

Ingredients
1 serve Amazonia Raw Nutrients Pre-probiotic
250mL coconut water or orange juice
1 cup frozen mango
1 cup frozen pineapple
1 tsp grated ginger (optional)
¹/₂ cup of fresh strawberries (optional)

Directions
1. Add ingredients into a blender and combine
2. Pour into a glass and enjoy immediately

More info


Choc Banana Probiotic Smoothie
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Choc Banana Probiotic Smoothie

Ingredients
1 serve Amazonia Raw Nutrients Pre-probiotic
200mL coconut milk
1 frozen banana
1 cup ice
1 tbsp cacao powder

Directions
1. Add ingredients into a blender and combine
2. Pour into a glass and enjoy immediately

More info


Chocolate Smoothie
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Chocolate Smoothie

Ingredients
2 frozen bananas
¹/₂ cup gluten-free rolled oats
1 cup almond milk
1 serve Amazonia Raw Nutrients Pre-probiotic
1 tbsp cacao powder
2 Medjool dates or sweetener of choice

Directions
1. Add ingredients into a blender and combine
2. Pour into a glass and enjoy immediately

More info


Still can’t sleep? Check out these weird things that make you sleep! And if you want to beat the cold, check out these 8 tips on how to boost your immune system.!

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