Our body’s natural rhythms may be the key to unlocking our energy, motivation and productivity! By understanding how our bodies work and engineering our time and work around those natural cycles can allow us to live in a state of flow and maximise our energy.
Humans have a natural circadian clock which aligns our body’s biological processes according to the time of day. Our brain relies on light and dark signals to control our behaviour such as sleep, hunger and wakefulness. Consequently, this controls our liver, muscle, fat and pancreas especially during the times the body expects nutrients. When our bodies are balanced and in line with our natural rhythm, not only will our bodies function more effectively, but it makes it easier to stick to a healthy lifestyle. It is through this regimen that we experience our maximum energy levels and our metabolism is at its highest. Our body’s metabolism is like the engine of a car. Its purpose is to turn raw ingredients that we eat into fuel and other resources that our body requires to function. We, therefore, need to understand this process to perform our best physically and mentally. This is also vital for those wanting to lose weight. By increasing our basic metabolic rate, the rate of our metabolism speeds up hence the faster we burn fat and quicker we recover.
We can split the day into 6 sections according to the body’s natural rhythm; 6am-10am, 10am-2pm, 2pm-6pm, 6pm-10pm, 10pm-2am and 2am-6am. During each stage, important biological processes take place and if these are disrupted our bodies start to feel sluggish and fatigued. It can also increase our risk of developing diabetes, cardiovascular disease, certain cancers and inflammatory disorders. Note, these times are generalised and some individuals may have cycles that start earlier or later than these times, but for some people, we recommend trying these times and finding out for yourself.