We've worked with hundreds of people in an effort to improve their health and lose weight. I think most people strive to be healthy and live life at a reasonable weight. I will say though a lot of people put an emphasis on weight. They think that is the driving force to better health.
When I lost most of my weight I was doing a program called The Ultimate Reset. This program is a 21 day whole food cleanse/reset. The great thing about this and getting started was it laid everything out for me. I didn't have to think. The process was laid out in black and white. Eat this, take these supplements and you'll see results. I wasn't thinking about whether or not I was losing weight, I just knew what my next meal or snack was supposed to be. For more on my journey check out this post, Change Your Mind, Change Your Body.
We have made the comments before that it is more about progress and not perfection. I would take that one step further back and say that it is more about committing to the process first. You control the process! You don't necessarily control the progress. I think that is why I saw results with the program I did. I committed to actions and those actions led to weight loss and health.
If you you are looking to lose weight and get healthy, what process are you going to commit too? Some things that I believe are vital both losing weight and getting healthy would be:
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For the longest time humans used the sun as their only source of light. Then came fire. Then came the lightbulb. Then came TV. Then came the iPhone! Nowadays it is hard to avoid electronics that emit light. If you are living among humans it is the norm.
The point of this post isn't to give you a history lesson on how light came to be, but to actually share with you more detail into how light affects our health. I've heard a lot of health minded folks talk about the effects of light and how it correlates with your hormone cycles. When I got a little pop up on my phone this past week I figured it would be a good opportunity to share something I learned and also share a bit about how light can influence your health.
This term refers to how your hormones cycle up and down and how you go from being wide awake to sleeping liking a baby. The main hormones at play here are cortisol and melatonin. These two hormones work inversely with each other. When one is high the other is low and vice versa.
Cortisol is often referred to as a stress hormone or fight or flight hormone. This can give people the thought that it is a bad thing but this hormone is needed to function. It is a rise in cortisol in the morning that tells you to wake up. As the day goes on your cortisol levels should decrease and with that brings on a rise in melatonin. Melatonin is the key player in making you sleepy and getting a good nights rest. It often is used in supplement form to help people with insomnia and other sleep disorders.
It is this daily shift and balance of hormones that make up your circadian rhythm. This can affect all areas of your health. A lack of sleep can affect a person's weight in a negative way...and obesity thus increases a person's chance of getting pretty much every other disease out there. Melatonin disregulation can also increase chances of certain cancers. The World Health Organization has even classified shift work as a probable carcinogen because of the disruption of to a person's circadian rhythm.
Artificial Light's Impact
Being exposed to light, especially blue light, later in day is also associated with disrupting a person's circadian rhythm. Thus increasing risk factors of everything explained above. When you are staring at a TV screen, iPad, or smart phone late at night you are basically sending daylight type light into your eyes and brain which suppresses melatonin and increases cortisol. Another thing that can play into this imbalance is staying indoors all day long. By limiting your exposure to natural sunlight your body doesn't get that dosage of light that tells your body that it is time to be awake and alert. Yeah your computer screen at work gives you a fake light but nothing beats the real thing.
If you struggle with sleepless nights, waking up tired or low energy levels during the day you could likely have a circadian rhythm that is out of balance.
Here are 5 things you can do to help your cause and get your circadian rhythm back in balance.
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