a nightcap of popcorn?
i’ve discovered eating less than 1/4 of a cup of air-popped popcorn one hour before bedtime allows me to have a deep sleep. the popcorn is seasoned with tablespoon of mixed 1/8 olive oil mixed with Emeril’s Original Seasoning. sure popcorn is high glycemic but the added tryptophan is amazing for the deep sleep this past week. i avoid the carcinogens of microwavable bagged popcorn or high temperature oil to pop the corn kernels – the oil can easily form free radicals.
the nightly popcorn is in addition to a half pill of Theanine Serine and one Melatonin 5mg pill both taken a half hour before bedtime.
magnesium in spinach to reset dopamine pathways
want to remain sensitized to dopamine for Modafinil or Adderall? if yes, then read on.
magnesium is a critical participant in 300+ human biochemical reactions as an enzyme cofactor. wikipedia for magnesium describes,
“Inadequate magnesium intake frequently causes muscle spasms, and has been associated with cardiovascular disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, anxiety disorders, migraines, osteoporosis, and cerebral infarction. Acute deficiency (see hypomagnesemia) is rare, and is more common as a drug side-effect (such as chronic alcohol or diuretic use) than from low food intake per se, but it can also occur within people fed intravenously for extended periods of time.”
i much prefer food as medicine and spinach ranks as the number one food highest in magnesium, a mineral 80% of Americans are considerable low in. in addition to spinach being my favorite vegetable it’s also highly nutritional. i’ve compressed to two large batches of spinach with low heat and a little coconut oil on my small ceramic pan to be able to store in the refrigerator well. this leave me wanting for a ceramic wok with lid to hold at least one bulk spinach batch. i hunted a solid hour in the suppliments section of Walmart, Walgreens, and CVS only to find Magnesium Citrate and Magnesium Oxide prevalent – no Magnesium Glycinate. a quick search in Amazon shows a bulk container of 500mg for less than twenty dollars. after nearly pressing the buy button, i opted to try foods and spinach was an obvious first option.
in addition, a large inexpensive bag of consumable Epson Salt (Magnesium Sulfate) has instructions on oral dosage per adult of one to two tablespoons per cup of water. i’m simply experimenting even though the Magnesium Sulfate has a low absorption rate maybe the heaping tablespoon will compensate.
later, i’d like to experiment with a night cap of a 400mg Magnesium Glycinate pill to compare.
Mental Health Daily describes “How To Increase Dopamine Levels” as well as avoid depletion of dopamine. also Dr Axe describes “Top 10 Magnesium Rich Foods Plus Proven Benefits” – i’m definitely switching the cracked-pepper to sunflower seeds to pumpkin seeds which i keep in truck to help from dosing off while driving.
how to measure magnesium levels in the body? less than 2% of the body’s magnesium can be found in blood serum so that is not a good indicator (it’s found in bones) and the body’s response to increased dopamine takes days [need reference here]. like taking any pill, for the delivery of magnesium in spinach to be effective in schedule with Modafinil, i’m left desiring to know an effective amount and time of day.
reduced aggression of tryptophan and magnesium
magnesium has an added calming benefit. both tryptophan and magnesium are associated with reduced aggression. Melvyn R. Werbach, M.D. describes the lessened aggression of typtophan and magnesium.