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Sweet dreams

Claire Kelly from Indigo Herbs shows you how diet can help you sleep

Our sleep cycle can be disturbed by various factors that are out of our control, such as noise, temperature, shift work, jet-lag and even a loved one snoring. However, did you know that your quality of sleep has something to do with the foods you eat? Studies show that nutrition can have far reaching effects on our state of mind. As our sleep can often be disturbed by anxiety, stress and pain, it’s good to know which foods and herbs can help facilitate our body’s systems and overactive brain switching into rest mode.

The healthy sleep cycle

Sleep is governed by the circadian rhythm that triggers the brain to produce melatonin, the sleep hormone at your normal bedtime. Your brain depends on melatonin to initiate sleep and there are also foods that can support or inhibit your brain doing this. Stress also plays a part in preventing restful sleep, as the stress hormone cortisol inhibits the production of melatonin. Foods, herbs and essential oils can be used to combat stress and prime your body, mind and soul for a natural wind down cycle and good night’s sleep.

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There's no doubt that vegan street food is taking the world by storm, so this issue we celebrate it in all its glory. From Gaz Oakley's fully loaded burritos to sweet potato nachos and hoisin mushroom steam buns, we've a host of recipes that make the most of the world's best flavours and colours. Also this issue, we cook up a tapas feast, reveal how to make your own vegan cheese and share our favourite homemade ice cream recipes. We also focus on calcium to reveal the top plant sources and share the ultimate calcium-rich meal plan. Plus settle down for a watch party with the best documentaries that will make non-vegans rethink their values and share top tips for embracing mindfulness this autumn. Download your issue today!