Circadian rhythms are physical, mental and behavioral changes that follow a roughly 24-hour cycle, responding primarily to light and darkness in an organism’s environment. They are found in most living things, including animals, plants and many tiny microbes.
Circadian rhythms are not the same as your biological clock but they are related. Biological clocks drive our circadian rhythms. The biological clocks that control circadian rhythms are groupings of interacting molecules in cells throughout the body. A “master clock” in the brain coordinates all the body clocks so that they are in synch. The “master clock” that controls circadian rhythms consists of a group of nerve cells in the brain called the suprachiasmatic nucleus, or SCN. The SCN contains about 20,000 nerve cells and is located in the hypothalamus, an area of the brain just above where the optic nerves from the eyes cross.
Circadian rhythms are produced by natural factors within the body, but they are also affected by signals from the environment. Light is the main cue influencing circadian rhythms, turning on or turning off genes that control an organism’s internal clocks. Circadian rhythms can change sleep-wake cycles, hormone release, body temperature and other important bodily functions.
Circadian rhythms are important in determining human sleep patterns. The body’s master clock, or SCN, controls the production of melatonin, a hormone that makes you sleepy. Since it is located just above the optic nerves, which relay information from the eyes to the brain, the SCN receives information about incoming light. When there is less light—like at night—the SCN tells the brain to make more melatonin so you get drowsy and therefore, when it is light – it is time to wake up!
Circadian rhythms have been linked to various sleep disorders, such as insomnia and disrupted sleep-wake cycles. Abnormal circadian rhythms have also been associated with depression, bipolar disorder and seasonal affective disorder.
Today I shined high on the following: (plus many pics bellow from a truly satisfying day of work, play and sun!
1 litre of detox and cleansing tea
Later Morning (8:30am)
… then it was off to the farmers market with Sabine and Safa …
…2 gorgeous juicing beauties!
Later morning again! (11:30am) with Sabine!
*STRAWBERRY JUICE* how juicalicious are we?!
1 litre of green juice with chlorella
1 whole Watermelon Juice
Green juice with some crazy wild greens!
More Herbal Tea…
How do I feel?
Buzzing with life, ideas, visions, positivity, excitement and so much *PRANA*!
Do I want to stop the juice feast tomorrow?
Am I going to anyway?
Why not keep going and if I am stopping what will I eat?
Find out tomorrow!