Thanks to new research, experts suggest Intermittent Fasting's benefits may stem from timing meals to... the rise and set of the sun.
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The concept is part of a larger movement in the health and wellness communities towards "circadian" health. "While intermittent fasting is all the rage, people don’t realize that this is actually a circadian-based solution, according to the Global Wellness Institute. It's natural for diurnal animals like humans to eat during daylight when we evolved to digest food.
Think of intermittent fasting as circadian rhythm fasting!
Our bodies operate on a circadian rhythm, which is the natural cycle of physical, mental and behavior changes that the body goes through in a 24-hour cycle. The circadian rhythm impacts much of our body's functions, from hunger to sleep patterns to hormonal fluctuations.
Think of the circadian rhythm as the body's pacemaker.
The brain's master circadian clock controls your body's circadian rhythm and is located in the "brain's brain" the hypothalamus. As our eyes perceive light, the master clock sends hormones to every cell of your body to keep everything in sync — primarily cotisol to wake you up and melatonin to make you sleepy.
“One third of the energy your body consumes comes from the food you eat. The vast majority of the energy your body needs to maintain systemic equilibrium comes from environmental infrared light exposure.”
Enhance Your Absorption While Fasting
Light is not only a "photo-nutrient" it's also a "photo-catalyst" that's required to naturally metabolize all ingested foods and nutritional supplements.
In other words, light entering by way of the eyes plays a crucial role in the process of metabolism breaking down all of the nutrients we get from food, vitamins and minerals in order to make use of them.
Ignite Your Metabolism
“We can now say emphatically that the function of our entire metabolism is dependent on light.” — Dr. Fritz Albert Popp