Circadian rhythms are 24-hour cycles that are part of the body’s internal clock, running in the background to carry out essential functions and processes. Circadian rhythms also play an integral role in diverse aspects of physical and mental health. The image above shows some of the body’s natural rhythms – it’s helpful to see how aligned your body is with the image above.
When your body’s circadian rhythms are off, the whole body is affected. The digestive and endocrine systems especially can be affected negatively by eating too close to bedtime, waking up too early to exercise or exposing yourself to artificial light when your body should be in the dark. So what steps can you take to ensure a healthy circadian rhythm to ultimately lead to optimal wellness?
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