Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Sync Up With Your Body's Internal Clock

Ayurveda looks at diet, lifestyle, seasons and time, to help heal the body, mind and spirit. One main way of healing ourselves in this day and age is to de-stress, reduce anxiety and use the hours of the day to our advantage.

Looking at the day and dividing it into 3 sections (6-10am/pm, 10-2pm/am 2-6pm/am), can help support the body in what it naturally is programmed to do.
  • ·      6am – 10am this is the best time for working out to overcome the heaviness of sleep and to re-set the metabolism. Your brain power is strong.
  • ·      10am – 2pm your digestive fire is the strongest, between 11 and 1pm so this is the best time to eat your largest meal of the day, lunch! A 15 -20 minute rest after lunch helps the body focus on digestion and assimilation.
  • ·      2pm – 6pm, this is second wind time, where your brain power is able to sustain before winding down for the evening.
  • ·      6pm – 10pm your start to get heavy and your body starts to slow down. It is time for a light dinner (between 5-7pm) and then you should start tapering off your activity. Bed time between 9-10pm.
  • ·      10pm – 2am your body is in deep sleep and is detoxifying and resetting for the next day.
  • ·      2am – 6am – movement starts to happen between 4am – 6am you should wake in order to make the most of your brain stimulation. It is the “magical” time of the day, great for meditation and yoga.
   See what happens if you get up a little earlier in order to start your day with meditation. It may just set you off to a great start! Or try getting to bed a little earlier and see if that effects your energy level the next day.

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