Our body has several biological rhythms. These rhythms reflect the internal physiological changes in the body. A women’s menstrual cycle would be one of them. Another is the circadian rhythm.
The circadian rhythm is an internal cycle of bodily functions that occurs within a 24-hour period. It includes your sleep/wakefulness cycle, body temperature, hormone secretions, blood pressure, digestive secretions, levels of alertness, and reaction times.
The circadian rhythm is also know as our biological clock. Here is an example of a 24-hour human circadian rhythm. (Every person is slightly different.)
As we get older, this cycle changes and “breaks down.” Certain natural processes don’t work as well as they should. These changes in our physiology can affect our mood, energy level, sleeping pattern, and overall state of health. And yes, changes is our circadian rhythm will also affect our menstrual cycle.
“There also is accumulating evidence that circadian disruption increases the risk of breast cancer in women, possibly due to altered light exposure and reduced melatonin secretion.” – Baker FC, Driver HS., Human Sleep Research Program
A recent study published in the Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications journal by the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University implies lipoic acid may reset and synchronize our circadian rhythms, or “biological clock.” These findings are supported by the National Institutes of Health, and the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.
Lipoic acid is essential in certain biological activity. Think of it as a “helper molecule.” It aids in specific enzymatic processes that keep us balanced and healthy.
“Almost one-third of all genes are influenced by circadian rhythms, and when out of balance they can play roles in cancer, heart disease, inflammation, hormonal imbalance and many other areas, the OSU researchers said.”
Lipoic acid can be found in most foods, but slightly higher in organ meats and green leafy vegetables like broccoli and spinach. Even then, the amount of naturally occurring lipoic acid in food is minimal so it’s a good thing that it comes in supplement form.
If you plan on chowing down on organ meats (heart, liver, kidney, etc.) you will want to make sure it’s from organic, grass-fed, and pasture raised animals because it is much healthier. Remember, some of these organs are part of the waste & clean up system of the body so it’s best not to ingest offal meats from CAFO (confined animal feeding operations) farms where you don’t know the diet, drugs, and unhealthy living conditions the animal was subjected to.
Organ meats are a dense source of nutrients. Aside from lipoic acid, offal meats are a great source of protein, omega fats (for mood and age-related diseases), choline (for brain and nerve function), CoQ10 (for energy production and heart function), Vitamin E (for tissue repair and free radical damage), and trace minerals just to name a few.
Add lipoic acid and organ meats to your regular eating and support your healthy circadian rhythm and enjoy a timeless body. Now who’s in the mood for liver and onions?! =D
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