Light = Time
The body and its functions run on cycles that are tied to light which is a frequency. These frequencies are not fixed, they fluctuate and communicate different information to our bodies about what tasks to perform. This has been a central topic of this blog since circadian biology (time /light) is so neglected in mainstream and alternative health.
Sunlight is not the same throughout the day. Morning light, afternoon light, and evening light are all different and the location and season also changes the light. Behaviors that are healthy in one light context may be unhealthy in another. Food being consumed in different light environments definitely has a different affect and needs to be thought of in the context of light instead of blanketing certain foods as healthy or not. I go into this in my Food talk
The practical take away from this is what I call light calibration. 5 times a day for 5 minutes each, go outside and face the sun. Don't look directly at it but allow the sunlight to hit the surface of your eye. No glasses, sun glasses, contacts, etc.
Specific times to aim for with your 5 minute calibrations:
-Evening (before sun goes down)
This helps to calibrate your eye clock throughout the day as fake lights throw off your body's clock and biology. As you do this, your eyes will start to acclimate to natural light & time and you will need to squint less and your eyes will feel less sensitive & water less. In the same way that our solar panel (aka skin) changes by tanning to better absorb light when light is more prevalent, our eyes also acclimate. Prior to our modern society, no one in human history was covering their eyes with sunglasses.
My concern is that fake A/C frequency light that distorts our biology. The new LED energy-efficient lights are the worst for us. What makes them energy efficient & saves money is the reduced/stripped light spectrum, so we get a fixed, unnatural frequency exposure. It's like holding the hand of a clock at a fixed point and not allowing the time to change. So your body begins to think it's 3 o'clock, for example. A simple solution when you can't avoid artificial light exposure is to get a pair of Blue Blocking Glasses like the ones found HERE
The first question of health the body asks is: what time is it? It must answer this question before it decides what to do. Light tells us time. Get natural light and guard your eye clock. Light calibration only takes 25 minutes a day, but remember I'm not saying to get 25 min at one time. Dose it out at different times because fake light throws off your internal clock. Also remember that your skin is literally your solar panel. It takes in light too, so guard it well. Inside you will find me in a hat, with blue blockers and a jacket. Outside: no hat, no glasses and no jacket (and often no shirt or shoes either).
I grew up as a fat, unhealthy kid who never took his shirt off in cloudy Rochester, New York. I knew nothing about light, time, and the importance of nature or circadian biology. Look at the people around you. I have started to notice the tan often determines a person's mood, health, and weight. This isn't the only factor but it is a big one. When the light is low in the winter we get sad & sick because our brains and bodies are less able to function properly. Sad because we also get charge from light but that is another story.
Am light is the most important to set the stage for the day and to engage your neuro-chemistry. Try for five calibrations each day. Make an effort to have sun breaks when others take smoke breaks. Roll your window down in the car (even just a little) to let the light in because glass blocks some of the sun's beneficial light frequencies. When people talk to me about carbs, I talk to them about light. Plants eat light to make carbs so the more light you get the more carbs you can eat. Low carb diets often don't take light into account at all, so people in poor light environments that give up carbs get a benefit.
Food, time, health....Light.
Rob Alexander is on a journey to learn not just about health but everything else.
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