Circadian Rhythm: How to Fix Your Body’s Internal Clock
We all try to get at least three meals a day – two for those breakfast skippers. Eating food not only restores our energy but also helps our bodies function efficiently. The food we eat is critical for good health and energy, but growing research shows it’s not the only factor. Our bodies are aligned with circadian rhythms – the thing that helps us know when to eat, sleep, or wake up. By altering this system, our bodies could be in trouble with weight and metabolism problems. Today, we will look into how our body’s rhythm patterns can affect our diet.
Our Bodies Internal Clock
The first thing to point out is that binge eating food when you skip or miss a meal is not a way to keep your clock ticking. There are many metabolic processes that run on this clock, including your appetite, digestion, as well as the metabolism of fat, cholesterol, and glucose. By eating abnormally, you put your body in a pickle, working more and at irregular times. This disruption in our inner clock could lead to weight gain, obesity risk, and other side effects. The inner clock your body runs on might also be affected by those mini snacks you have throughout your day, causing a ripple in your body’s circadian rhythm. A couple decades ago researchers found that you do have an inner clock, but your body is built with a collection of them for a different task to keep up with your daily activity.
How to Fix Your Circadian Rhythm
So how do we get your internal clock working correctly again? Evidence shows eating earlier in the day has a better consistency in controlling blood sugar and burning calories. Avoiding midnight snacking can help avoid your clock getting thrown off. By controlling when you eat and limiting it to 8 pm, you can help your body get back into its normal time schedule. Going to sleep at decent hours and getting a full 8 hours of rest can help your body readjust your circadian rhythm. Like to sleep in? It might be time to start waking up earlier. Research shows that the earlier you get up your body has more time to get key functions working properly. It’s also important to get a lot of natural light which aids the circadian rhythm. Light keeps us in tune with our rhythm. Try to get outside for some natural light and enjoy the view. We hope with these tips you can get your body right and fix your circadian rhythm!