Have 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 the 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 a 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 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 as an energetic distribution network to spread the energy effectively throughout the body. In another word, the meridian system of the human body is a delicate web of interconnecting energy lines. According to the TCM, illnesses are caused by the energetic blockage in the body. If a person understands how these meridian channels work and take advantage of the appropriate time to take care of their health, the energy or Qi can flow freely in the body and illnesses can be eliminated. Now I am going to talk when these meridian channels are on duty throughout the day, so you can design a best daily routine that not only makes you feel energetic but also makes your day more productive.
At 1:00 o’clock late at night, your body is entering a light sleep phase. Your subconscious mind is widely 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 to fall 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.
From 1:00 to 3:00 o’clock 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 to 5:00 o’clock at night, your lung 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 o’clock at night, it is called the darkness before the dawn. The elderly has to be careful during this time period because it is a tricky time to develop a health crisis. For example, those who have diabetes may experience a 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 o’clock, your Yang energy starts to rise.
From 5:00 to 7:00 o’clock early in the morning, your large intestine channel is on duty. This is the time for the large intestine to clean the body and get rid of the 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 o’clock, your blood pressure and heart beats start to rise. For those who have a high blood pressure, it is time to take their medications to help regular their blood pressure. Around 7:00 o’clock, your immune system is at the 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 duty. During this time, your stomach is working hard to digest the food from the breakfast. All the digestive enzymes are working together to break down the food and help absorb the nutrients for the body. If you skip the breakfast, the bile from the gall bladder has no place to release. As a result, it becomes so concentrated that can form the gall stones.
Around 10 o’clock, you are at your peak in terms of energy and performance. Your work efficiency is the best for the day. From 11:00 to 13:00 o’clock, your heart 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 will give your heart system a break so it can function better. According to the TCM, the best way to rest your heart is inner peace. A nap at noon will work wonder to reduce fatigue and improve your productivity for the rest of the day.
From 13:00 to 15:00 o’clock in the afternoon, your small intestine channel is on duty. 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 them.
From 15:00 to 17:00 o’clock, your bladder 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. The kidney channel governs the structure such as the bone and teeth, also 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, 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 the 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 doing some reading.
From 21:00 to 23:00 o’clock at night, your triple energizer channel is on duty. This channel is connected to all other meridian channels. The Yang energy is falling during this time, the body starts to relax and ready to sleep. This is a good time to do some relaxation activities such as meditation, 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, any late at night activities should be limited, 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 the biological clock of our body 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?
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