Spring has arrived and with it the clocks have sprung forward. We are moving into the more yang, higher energy seasons and leaving the reflective yin seasons behind for now. It’s a time when we should feel like we have more energy. The Spring and Summer months are the time when we should be at our most productive and active. But are you feeling like your energy isn’t quite there?
The Body Clock, our bodies natural rhythm runs in a daily cycle. Energy moving from one organ to the next in a set sequence so that our bodies can operate at their optimum. Each organ carrying out it’s functions at a set time each day – the most appropriate time – and resting and restoring in between. But all too easily in our busy lives our body clock can become out of sync.
The stomach has most energy in the morning, the best time to digest a nutritious breakfast to set you up for the day, whereas energy goes to the liver and gall bladder overnight when we are resting so that the body can process all the toxins from the body so that they can be expelled by the body. Following the liver and gall bladders active time, energy passes onto the lungs and large intestine so that they can then eliminate all the waste from the previous day.
Do you ever experience that 3pm slump – this is when the energy passes to the kidneys to recharge. The kidney’s, home to the adrenal glands, act as a battery pack and as the energy moves here we can feel that slump as they recharge.
Late nights/early mornings, little sleep, shift working, eating late, skipping meals, eating the wrong foods, alcohol, drugs, medication, travelling to different timezones, external pollutants & toxins……..all take their toll on the body. Our bodies get confused and don’t work so efficiently and the organs have to work harder, depleting the energy reserves. We can then get into a vicious cycle – using caffeine, sugar, alcohol, drugs to keep us going, which the liver then needs to work harder to process, reducing the energy even more. The cycle continues.
But you can get your body back on track…..
- Make sure you get enough sleep
- Drink plenty of water to help flush out toxins from the body
- Cut down on sugar, alcohol, caffeine
- Don’t eat too late at night
- Eat a nutritious breakfast to set you up for the day ahead
- Take walks into nature – breathe in the freash air, absorb vitamin D from the natural light
In addition, you can use yoga to reset the body clock – by using poses that stimulate the meridians of each organ in sequence we can get the body back on track. With the clocks having changed its the ideal tie to reset your body clock. Join me on Sunday 7th April, 3pm, at Seasonal Yoga Academy where I’ll be leading an energising body clock sequence followed by a guided relaxation. A great way to set yourself up for the coming months.