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Get back in harmony with your body, for healthy results

Your body is subject to circadian rhythm and although a nap here and there might be helpful, for most of us, sleep at night is more refreshing. ©2001 Thinkstock

By MICK SEVERIN
The Trucker News Services

4/26/2011

You may or may not have heard of circadian rhythm. Circadian rhythm is the 24-hour inner clock your body operates under.

You are programmed to work, eat and rest at certain times and in conjunction with the world around you. Your body is influenced by the sun, the moon and other outside rhythms like the weather and your life’s work. 

It was previously thought that your brain was your main clock and dictated your body rhythms, but new research indicates that each cell may have its own “clock” and all the “clocks” need to work in unison for optimum health. Your brain is the director of all the different talents your cells offer.

What does this all mean?

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Well, you may have heard of the word harmony, and you may have thought that word was for tree huggers, vegetarians, yoga instructors and vocalists. But if you really give some thought to that inner clock theory you will find harmony is what your circadian rhythms are all about.

You may already know how disruptive interfering with your inner clock can be. Interrupted sleep patterns because of chaotic hours of work, working midnight shifts, switching work shifts and jet lag can really interfere with your quality of life. Not because of interfering with your social life but because it throws off your body-schedule.

It is now thought that each organ operates on its own time schedule and produces different levels of enzymes or other functions at certain times of the day. The brain synchronizes these functions. Any malfunction of rhythm can lead to all types of health issues.

For example if the liver is out of rhythm with the pancreas insulin levels may become irregular. Latest research is showing that disruptions in your inner clock may contribute to weight gain, diabetes, depression and digestive problems and, that clock imbalance seems to have a strong effect on metabolism and how the body uses fats and sugars.

Interrupted body rhythm is also being studied as a contributor to heart disease.

What can you do to help your body stay in rhythm?

According to some of the researchers it is necessary to set patterns of sleep and eating and stay as close to that pattern as possible.

It is very important that you get enough sleep. Scientists suggest you need at least 7 to 8 hours of restful, uninterrupted sleep. Sleep is when your body repairs and rejuvenates.

Eat your meals at regular intervals. Certain digestive enzymes and functions work their best when they have a regular pattern.

I will also suggest that exercise also contributes to a synchronized inner clock.

Taking a walk or other form of exercise as a part of your daily pattern will also keep you balanced.

Now on top of all of this harmony and inner clock discussion there is one more ingredient that figures very heavily in life balance, age.

When you’re 50, you can’t eat like you used to,  can’t drink like you used to, can’t smoke like you used to, can’t do anything like you used to but you try to.

If you’re 50, enjoy it. If you’re overweight fix it. If you’re diabetic do all you can do to control it and the best way to help improve things is to be respectful of that inner clock.

Put in a new battery, reset and get real. Harmonize with all the things around you and in you and stop struggling.

If you need some advice, call (888) 348-7623. All of us at Fitness Road are here to help you rebalance.

God bless you and yours, Mick.

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