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Biological clockHave you ever wondered that everything in nature follows a pattern? For example, most flowers will bloom in spring and wither away in winter. If we follow the natural laws and take advantage of these natural patterns, we can create an abundant life of everything. Same as our body, if we follow the natural cycle of our body to work and rest, we can take good care of this delicate engine called the body to give it maximum power. In order to understand the natural cycle of the body, let’s first talk about the meridian systems in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).

There are twelve main meridian channels in the body according to the TCM. A meridian channel is like a highway for the energy to pass through in the body. The meridian channels can be considered an energetic distribution network to spread energy effectively throughout the body. In other words, the meridian system of the human body is a delicate web of interconnecting energy lines. According to the TCM, illnesses are caused by energetic blockages in the body. Suppose a person understands how these meridian channels work and take advantage of the appropriate time to take care of their health. In that case, the energy or Qi can flow freely in the body and illnesses can be eliminated. Now I will talk about when these meridian channels are on duty throughout the day so you can design the best daily routine that makes you feel energetic and makes your day more productive.

At 1:00 o’clock late at night, your body is entering a light sleep phase

At 1:00 am late at night, your body is entering a light sleep phase. Your subconscious mind is wide open and you are highly suggestible to the subliminal messages. Those who have developed a habit of staying up late at the night may have trouble falling asleep during this time. If you want to develop a new habit or change a habit that does not support your success, you can take advantage of this time to influence your subconscious mind right before you sleep.

You can use affirmations to influence your subconscious mind to attain the best result in a short period of time.

From 1:00 to 3:00 o’clock at night, your liver meridian channel is on dutyFrom 1:00 am to 3:00 am at night, your liver channel is on duty. Your liver is working very hard to filter the blood from the digestive tract during this time. It also metabolizes drugs and detoxifies the toxins.  Around 3 o’clock, you are entering a deep sleep phase and your body is fully relaxed. If you have a pattern to wake up around this time, you should pay attention to your liver function.

From 3:00 am to From 3:00 to 5:00 o’clock at night, your lung channel is on duty5:00 am at night, your lung meridian channel is on duty. The lungs are responsible for generating oxygen-rich blood supply to the body cells. If you have lung issues such as breathing problems, you may wake up frequently during this time. It is time to take care of your lungs and limit emotions such as sadness and grief, which can weaken your lung functions.

Around 4 am at night, it is called the darkness before dawn. The elderly must be careful during this time because it is a tricky time to develop a health crisis. For example, those who have diabetes may experience low blood sugar if their blood sugar is poorly controlled. Same with people with heart problems, because this is also a risky time that a heart attack may happen. Here is good news. Around 5 am, your Yang energy starts to rise.

From 5:00 to 7:00 o’clock early in the morning, your large intestine channel is on dutyFrom 5:00 am to 7:00 am early in the morning, your large intestine meridian channel is on duty. This is the time for the large intestine to clean the body and get rid of waste. It is a good idea to drink a glass of warm water after you get up in the morning to eliminate the waste in your body quickly. Around 6:00 am, your blood pressure and heartbeats start to rise. For those who have high blood pressure, it is time to take their medications to help regular their blood pressure. Around 7:00 am, your immune system is at its peak. This is the time to eat your breakfast so your body can absorb the nutrients more efficiently.

From 7:00 to 9:00 o’clock, your stomach channel is on dutyFrom 7:00 am to 9:00 am, your stomach meridian channel is on duty. During this time, your stomach is working hard to digest the food from breakfast. All the digestive enzymes are working together to break down the food and help absorb the nutrients for the body. If you skip breakfast, the bile from the gall bladder has no place to release. As a result, it becomes so concentrated that can form gallstones.

Around 10 o’clock, you are at your peak in terms of energy and performanceAround 10 am, you are at your peak in terms of energy and performance. Your work efficiency is the best for the day. From 11:00 am to 1:00 pm, your heart meridian channel is on duty. During this time, your heart is running at a full speed to provide blood supply to the whole body.

It is a good idea to take a nap around noon if possible

It is a good idea to take a nap around noon if possible. It will give your heart system a break so it can function better. According to the TCM, inner peace is the best way to rest your heart. A nap at noon will work wonders to reduce fatigue and improve your productivity for the rest of the day.

From 11:00 to 13:00 o’clock, your heart channel is on duty

Your small intestine meridian channel is on duty from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm in the afternoon. The small intestine system is like a small factory; it separates the nutrients from the waste and absorbs the nutrients for the body to utilize.

From 13:00 to 15:00 o’clock in the afternoon, your small intestine channel is on duty

From 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm, your bladder meridian channel is on duty. The bladder channel is the largest channel in the body; it passes the whole body from the feet to the head. Many illnesses are related to this channel according to TCM. Your blood sugar starts to rise during this time, and it is a second peak time for the performance during the day. You can take advantage of this time period to improve your productivity.

From 17:00 to 19:00 o’clock, your kidney channel is on duty

From 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm, your kidney meridian channel is on duty.  The kidney meridian channel governs the structure such as the bone and teeth, also the reproductive system. According to TCM, the kidneys are the foundation of our life force. They not only affect our energy but also our life span. The kidney channel opens in the ear. You can try these ear exercises to boost the energy in your kidney channel.

From 19:00 to 21:00 o’clock in the evening, your pericardium channel is on duty

From 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm in the evening, your pericardium meridian channel is on duty, the function of this channel is to protect your heart system. This is an excellent time to do some outdoor activities such as walking to reduce stress and relax your body and mind. However, it is not a good time to do vigorous exercises such as jogging, because the Yin energy is rising and the yang energy is falling in the evening. Prolonged vigorous exercise can increase your Yang energy, and too much Yang energy in the evening can affect your sleep. The body should follow this natural cycle to relax so you can have a better sleep later on. Your mind is also very sharp during this time period; it is also a good time to do some reading.

Here are some simple exercise tips from TCM that can triple your result to reshape your body.

From 21:00 to 23:00 o’clock at night, your triple energizer channel is on duty

From 9:00 pm to 11:00 pm at night, your triple energizer meridian channel is on duty. This channel is connected to all other meridian channels. Yang energy is falling during this time, and the body starts to relax and is ready to sleep. This is a good time to do some relaxation activities such as meditation and soaking your feet to further relax your body and mind, which will help you have a restful sleep at night.

At 24:00 o’clock at night, the body is in a restful state

At 0:00 am, the body is in a restful state, and activities should be limited late at night, such as watching TV or working. Your body needs to be fully relaxed at night to recover and get ready for the next day.

I hope you have a basic idea about how our body’s biological clock works by now. A smart way to enhance our performance and productivity is to work with our body because it is our best friend, don’t you think so?

What is your routine to help you improve both your health and work? Please share with us.

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About the author: Lucy Liu
Lucy Liu

As a Holistic Health Practitioner, Registered Dietitian, TCM Practitioner, Energy Healer, Master Hypnotist, Reiki Master, Advanced Theta Healing Practitioner, Author and Speaker, Lucy Liu, the founder of optimalhealthsolutions.ca, has gained a good reputation in holistic health after many years of serving patients and clients as a holistic health practitioner. Lucy has developed a unique and comprehensive approach, which combines Western Medicine, Chinese Medicine, Energy Medicine, and Alternative Medicine together, to help others achieve optimal health by creating harmony between the body, mind, and spirit, and maintain long-term success for healthy lifestyle changes.
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