February 22, 2022
As the seasons change, so do we. The amount of sunlight, daylight, temps, etc. effect our natural rhythms. We have an inner clock, also thought of as our biorhythms and circadian rhythms.
This clock tells us when to wake up and when we feel tired to go to sleep. It also plays a role in metabolism, temperature regulation, hormone regulation, energy levels and our emotions.
For example, a reduction of natural sunlight during the winter is a big factor that leads to mood swings. Less light=an imbalance in our body clock.
When everything is in balance and we keep regular eating and sleep schedules, the clock works great. The circadian rhythms or “body clock” are regulated by a group of nerves in the hypothalamus of the brain. This control center mainly responds to environmental signals such as light/dark, and temperature to be alerted when to release hormones, influence metabolism, sleep and mood. In traditional Chinese Medicine, there is a representation of our circadian rhythms through a 24-hour body clock that considers all seasons, physiological, emotional, and energetic components of a human being.
As the days are getting longer, the temps getting warmer, we tend to feel more in balance, and relaxed. We are still not out of the woods as there also tends to be more fluctuations in the temperatures. So it is important to keep your body warm with layers and continue to have soups, seasonal foods such as squash, sweet potatoes, root veggies, dark leafy greens, etc.
Late March is also a great time for a cleanse. You can check out our Cleanse tips here
Here are a few ways to get in sync with the seasons:
When you consider the days prior to electricity and technology, humans lived by the cycles of the sun and moon….awakening with the sun and going to sleep as it got dark. Instead of going against the natural rhythm’s, try listening to nature and your body. Try dimming the lights, doing light yoga, taking a hot bath or shower and turning off technology to prepare for bedtime.
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