3 Detox Steps for Circadian Bliss
With short-shorts season upon us, now is the time people everywhere are, however unsuccessfully, dropping weight and it can arguably become one of the most unhealthy times of the year. And not just physically, with all the bathing-suit panic-induced weight loss games, but also mentally, as it can be easy to feed into dysfunctional mind-patterns with the Self, around the food we do or don't eat and the exercise we do or don't get in.
But, what if we told you there's a detox that can be done without any guilt, starvation, or angry dispositions? A detox that balances hormones, regulates sleep, flushes toxins, and in turn, helps release those winter pounds without even trying? We're talking about a full-on mental detox for circadian rhythm and total body recalibration.
Circadian rhythm is the physical, mental and behavioral changes that your body flows through in a 24-hour cycle. Circadian rhythms are produced naturally in the body, in response to the Sun and Moon, regulating hormone-production, body temperature, metabolism, the sleep-wake cycle and overall mood. Finding circadian flow can be as easy as 1, 2, 3:
1. “The word “listen” contains the same letters as the word, “silent.” –Alfred Brendel
In order to listen to your body, you must both be silent and find silence. Whether that’s spreading out on your living room floor, or sitting on a bench in Central Park, find a quiet spot to hang (preferably in direct sunshine). Carve out time during the day when you have nowhere else to be. It doesn’t need to take super long -- set an alarm if you must -- but dedicate specific moments to yourself of absolute quiet. We call this finding your “Zen Zone.”
2. “Live in the sunshine, swim in the sea, drink the wild air.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson
OK, so, don’t swim in the Hudson River. But, Emerson was onto something here. You must get some vitamin D, and you must get some wild fresh air. It’s imperative to spend time in nature, as our internal clocks are set by the availability of daylight. We are wired to follow the path of the Sun. Take in some rays during the day to adjust your body to nature’s clock. Want to take it a step further? Go the long way home from work, past the park, and walk barefoot in the grass.
3. “Night is not something to endure until dawn. It is an element, like wind or fire. Darkness is its own kingdom; …and many living things dwell in it.” –Patricia McKillip
On the other hand, darkness is also crucial to your sleep schedule and mental health. Try to cut off all electronics an hour before bed and dim the lights down low. That way, your body’s natural sleep hormones will be altered that the time for rest is near. To get hardcore, try avoiding all artificial light during the detox period. This may not be possible in an office, but if you wake with the Sun and sleep with the Moon, your time away from work could be flooded with only natural light sources. It is a challenge, but you may be surprised at how different your body feels when it get that in touch with the Earth. To take the circadian detox a step further you can add supplementation and support. To aid in sleep regulation, we love a tall glass of CALM. Try to stay away from melatonin -- as it's a hormone, and the idea is to regulate the hormones your body produces on its own.
To help with liver detoxification (an overtaxed liver may be the culprit in you waking around 3am every night...) try diluted tinctures of Dandelion Root, Milk Thistle, or Artichoke extract. Allowing your body to adjust to its natural rhythms will make a huge impact on your wellbeing. Not only will your mood improve, but your body will be more apt to release some of the extra weight and toxins that have been accumulated over stagnant winter months. And, don’t forget to eat whole, real foods!
Done deal. Circadian rhythms righted, and detox accomplished. No juice cleanse necessary.