Why when you eat can be just as important as what you eat

-Sep 13, Hannah Hargrave , Health -

When you think about healthy eating and improving your diet you probably just consider your food choices. But it shouldn’t just be about what you put in your mouth but the time of day you eat too.

We know the importance of a healthy, balanced diet, plenty of fruits and vegetables, limiting salt and sugar intake and reducing the amount of processed foods you eat. But there’s another way you can improve your health, longevity and your waistline when it comes to diet and that’s by feeding your body at the right time.

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You might think skipping breakfast or eating late at night doesn’t matter if you’re eating the right sorts of foods, but by doing that you’re disrupting your circadian rhythm which is your body’s 24 hour clock.
This master clock regulates everything from your sleep patterns, to your body temperature, cardiac activity, blood pressure, hormone secretion, oxygen consumption and metabolic rate too.
When it’s out of whack you are not only putting yourself at increased risk of weight gain, but of heart disease, metabolic dysfunctions, diabetes and mood disorders too.

Eat with the sun

Jet lag, late nights, shift work, stress and even weekend lie ins can disrupt our circadian rhythm, throw our eating and sleeping patterns all out of sync. But eating at the right time can help you regulate your clock again.

Since your body is primed to be active and alert in the daytime when it’s light and resting and recovering at night it makes sense to eat with the sun and fast at nighttime.

Fast while you sleep

Your body naturally wants you to eat when the sun is up, so this is where time-restricted eating comes into play. Ideally you should then have at least 12 hours between your last meal and your first of the next day.
So if you finish dinner at 7.30pm you shouldn’t be eating your breakfast until 7.30am the next day.
This fasting period is made easier because you’re asleep for most of it.

Curb late night cravings

Of course for many the late night munchies strike post dinner and you find yourself craving food. But since eating after 8pm really doesn’t do you or your body any good try heading out for a walk or doing something else to distract you from your thoughts of food. Once you get out of the habit of raiding the fridge at night you’ll sleep better and feel better too.

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Improve your sleep

Just remember that eating right before bed isn’t good for you and will disrupt your sleep. It’s best to try to leave at least three hours before you hit the hay.

By paying attention to your body clock and respecting it’s natural eating habits you can expect to see improved endurance, decreased blood pressure, better sleep, lower stress, weight loss and an overall improvement in your wellbeing and mood as well.

Add Lumity Supplements to your regime

For an added boost to your daily diet try introducing Lumity Morning & Night Supplements which are specially formulated to work in harmony with the body’s circadian rhythm delivering what the body needs when it needs it. The three morning capsules help boost energy, immunity, skin radiance and protect from oxidative stress while the nighttime soft gels work to naturally stimulate the release of the human growth hormone, repair tissues, promote hormonal balance and aide a good night’s sleep.

If you found this article interesting then you can find out more about your circadian rhythm and how you can support it and discover the science behind how beauty sleep really works.

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