What is melatonin for?
Melatonin, or the sleep hormone, manages human biological rhythms. The hormone is made by a special endocrine gland – the epiphysis, from which the hormone enters the bloodstream and affects the body’s systems.
How does the melatonin act?
- improves the endocrine system and normalizes blood pressure;
- accelerates recovery and facilitates falling asleep;
- stimulates the protective functions of the immune system;
- prevents obesity and reduces stress after exercise;
- provides an antioxidant effect;
- strengthens the immune system;
- eliminates some types of headache;
- struggles with stress and manifestations of autumn depression;
- slows the aging process;
- helps the body to quickly adapt to changing time zones;
- regulates the cardiovascular system;
- improves the gastrointestinal system of the body;
- influences the production of other hormones in the body.
If you are suffering from chronical insomnia, you experience constant stress, you may have a shortage of melatonin.
Melatonin for slimming
According to scientists, melatonin is directly related to the prevention of obesity. The fact is that a sufficient amount of the hormone in the body activates the appearance of beige fat (known as a healthy fat). Beige adipose tissue, in contrast to white, which we used to call fat, helps regulate body weight. Beige fat emits a special substance that helps to use body fat as energy in training.
How to normalize the production of melatonin?
Unbalanced nutrition, disturbances of wakefulness and sleep, alcohol and nicotine use all these factors interfere with the proper production of melatonin. As a result, extra pounds are gained, the aging of the body is accelerated.
In an adult’s body, melatonin is produced in a dream – about 30 mcg per day, with a peak of production occurring at about two in the morning. Accordingly, people suffering from insomnia and violating sleep patterns, have a lack of the hormone, which is bad for health.
To increase the production of melatonin in the organism, follow the recommendations:
- Follow the regime of the day and rest. You do not have to “count sheep” in bed if you go to bed at the same time. Daily. Even on weekends.
- Do not fill the stomach at night. In the days of hard training, drink a portion of the protein or a gainer before bedtime, eat a little cottage cheese or kefir with black bread.
- Sleep in a dark room. A large amount of light reduces the creation of melatonin, and a decrease in illumination, on the contrary, increases. Therefore, turn off the computer, close the curtains tightly and remove the mobile phone away.
- Also, the lack of sleep hormones can be filled by eating foods rich in melatonin. We will tell you about such foods in the next article.