May 24 2018
A registered dietitian drank beetroot juice for a week before running a half marathon to gauge how the nutrient-rich fuel would affect her.
After a run, one of the most important things you can do for your body is give it time to recover—and your body is working the hardest to recover while you’re sleeping.
However, unfortunately for many, falling asleep is not easy and causes the body to lose valuable time dedicated to its recovery. According to a study done by the National Sleep Foundation, 45 percent of Americans say that poor or insufficient sleep has affected their daily activities.
Before you go to the drugstore and purchase something over the counter to catch those much-needed Z’s, a natural remedy could be growing right in front of you—the Montmorency tart cherry.
Unlike their sweet or maraschino counterparts, Montmorency cherries pack a major punch when it comes to the battle against insomnia. Agricultural research studies have found that tart cherries are one of the only natural food sources for melatonin, the chemical that controls the body’s internal clock to regulate sleep.
There is one caveat: this natural sleep aid is typically in season for only three months out of the year (June through September). Although its short season leaves us eight months without cherries at their peak, this natural source of melatonin is harvested in a variety of ways that make it easy for you to experience its benefits during the off season too.
A study done by Nicholas Institute of Sports Medicine, Northumbria University, University of Surrey and University of Johannesburg concluded that those who regularly ingested juice containing tart cherries slept an average of 34 minutes more per night and had a five to six percent increase in sleep efficiency than those who didn’t.
Not in the mood to drink a tall glass of cherry juice? There is an even easier way to incorporate a serving of cherries into your day—the dried form. Stoneridge Orchards, an industry leader in dried fruit, is providing flavorful options when it comes to enjoying the dried cherry. Their classic all-natural Montmorency cherries are their staple, and their modern take on the dried cherry comes in the form of Chili Lime Cherries. These are seasoned with all natural Tajin, the number one seasoning blend in Mexico and the United States. Tajin combines lime juice and sea salt and offers a mild kick. All of the cherries produced by Stoneridge Orchards are all natural, kosher and preservative free.
Dried cherries’ versatility also makes them a great way to naturally regulate your body’s time clock, because they can easily be incorporated into your diet—eaten alone as a snack or added to yogurt, salads and many other foods you already eat on a daily basis. According to research, just a handful of nightly cherries or two glasses of tart cherry juice is all it takes to help you get to sleep faster.
If you’re having trouble getting a good night’s sleep after a run, stop counting sheep and make cherries your go-to snack.