We will be posting quite a bit about Chrono-Nutrition and the science behind it. Most importantly, we will be discussing how we can use nutrition and supplements to optimize our biorhythms and ride the day in flow vs. fighting our biorhythms and wrecking our health.
Our internal biological clock has very distinct, specific nutritional needs throughout a 24-hour cycle. Our daily clock runs on circadian rhythms that are dictated by many factors such as light and darkness, body temperature and our sleep-wake cycles. This internal clock can affect our alertness, fatigue, and levels of energy throughout the day.
This concept of circadian rhythms actually won the Nobel Prize in medicine! Read this excellent Wired article: The Noble Prize in Medicine Goes to Your Body's Circadian Clock.
"All organisms operate on a 24-hour circuit that governs critical functions such as blood pressure, heart rate, body temperature, hormone levels, metabolism, sleep, and even behavior..."
So - what can we do to ensure we are optimizing our circadian clock? This is where Chrono-Nutrition comes in. The Seattle Times covers this interplay in a great quick read: Chrono-Nutrition: Matching your food to your internal clock.
"...imagine what can happen when you are perpetually operating at odds with your internal clock. "Clock genes" keep the master biological clock in your brain - your "central clock" - running...Your central clock controls things like your nervous system, core body temperature, blood pressure, secretion of melatonin (the "sleep hormone"), cortisol (the "stress hormone", growth hormones and your sleep/wake cycle."
So, we know that our "central clock" which is affected by light, and the earth's 24 hour phases. We know we should not have screens (blue light) close to bedtime (we will cover other sleep hygiene practices soon). But, and here is where it gets really interesting - your body has a second "peripheral clock". Again, from the Seattle Times:
"This is where nutrition comes in" The main thing that sets our peripheral clocks is when we eat (feed) and when we don't (fast)."
It is not just WHEN we eat, but WHAT we eat that impacts our overall health. This is both cutting edge science and ancient wisdom that is promoted by Ayurveda, and Traditional Chinese Medicine. To quote Deanna Minich, Ph. D. in her excellent HuffPost article Chrono-nutrition: Why When You Eat is as Important as What you Eat:
"Circadian rhythm is such a fascinating field of research because it validates the body’s wisdom and, in doing so, allows us to work with its natural rhythm in order to maintain or restore health."
Now let's wrap up with some drugs. Or better yet some ways we may be able to extend our lifespan and health span with natural, proper Chrono-Nutrition that keeps our clocks on time. This recent Wired article: Drugs That Boost Our Circadian Rhythms Could Save Our Lives covers what the future of chrono-nutrition cold look like:
"Almost all of the cellular functions in your body run on a 24-hour schedule. Keep that clock regular, and you could stay healthier, and maybe even live longer...And when your internal timekeeper starts ticking off-beat, lots of other things start to go wrong, from depression and other mood disorders to metabolic malfunctions and heart disease...“If a molecule can make that clock stronger so that our bodies can fight off all those changes, then 70 really would be the new 50,” Partch says. “That’s the promise of enhancing circadian rhythms.” (Carrie Partch, is a structural biologist at the University of California Santa Cruz’s Center for Circadian Biology)
Okay, that is a lot of information for a single blog post. However, this concept of Chrono-Nutrition is critical and impacts not only how we perform physically each day, but it has a profound effect on our moods, overall cognition and how long we live. We think that is pretty important! Let's keep exploring together.
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