It would stand to reason that living on a planet that takes approximately 24 hours to spin around its axis, our bodies would adapt to this planetary/solar clock. In fact, scientists have a name for this wonderful adaptation: Circadian rhythms. Our bodies, in fact, do operate on a 24+ hour clock and research shows that health is optimized when we live our lives in accordance to these rhythms. By not doing so we tend to add another layer of stress to our bodies laying the seeds for potential illness and health issues. Eating each meal at about the same time each day, going to sleep and getting up at about the same time each day (even weekends) and exercising at about the same time each day all contribute to optimal health with our circadian rhythms. It may even promote longevity. Circadian rhythms are thought to play an essential role in quality sleep. Its also known that certain times of the day are better for chemotherapy treatment due to these natural rhythms. In a stress-filled world, it is easy to get off schedule with our eating habits. Sleep patterns are also greatly affected by stress as well. It is important to remember our connection to the natural world and that whether we like it or not, we are directly connected to it. When we honor this connection it can only help enhance our quality of health.
Stress Tip for the Day:
Make a mental note as the times of day you eat your meals. If you are 30 mins off from what you deem as your normal eating times off this might suggest a closer look at how this affects your circadian rhythms. Note the same with your sleep cycles. One way you can tell if you are “regular” with these cycles is to note time approximate time of day for your bowel movements (a strong indicator of circadian rhythms regarding your GI track physiology).
• Books Worth Noting:
One of my favorite books of all time is the classic, The Cosmic Serpent, by Jeremy Narby. It’s a look into the art and science of our DNA. Narby began his explorations by his research into ethno-botany and the study of ayahuasca during his trips to the Amazon Basis.
• Photo of the Day:
This photo was taken out in Death Valley a few years back. I was attending a photography workshop and one night we decided to try to shoot the movement (rotation) of the earth by pointing the cameras toward the north star (Polaris).
• Quote for the Day:
“ Even if you win the rat race, you’re still a rat.”
Brian Luke Seaward, Ph.D. is an internationally renowned expert in the fields of stress management, mind-body-spirit healing and stress and human spirituality. He is the author of over 10 books including the bestsellers, Stand Like Mountain, Flow Like Water, Stressed Is Desserts Spelled Backward, The Art of Calm, Quiet Mind, Fearless Heart and Managing Stress (6E). He can be reached through his website:www.brianlukeseaward.net
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