Tuesday, July 23, 2013

How the body clock works


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Our body clock is a small group of cells made up of unique ‘body clock’ genes. These cells turn on and off and tell other parts of the body what time it is and what to do. In fact, most of our individual organs have their own internal body clock cells as well.

So let’s take a look at how the internal body clock affects everything we do, and what the best time is for our body to engage in different daily activities.
The BBC also did a fantastic video of which the above is an excerpt of explaining more about how our cells work and the secret of our bodyclock.

Eating – Which meal at what time?

By far one of the trickiest topics to tackle is the optimal timing for eating. A quick search on Google reveals that there are as many viable diets as there are people. And yet, there are some great, general guidelines that we can follow.
A recent study in Cell Metabolism tried to find out, given all things equal, if timing actually makes a difference. 2 groups of mice were put onto the exact same diet in terms of caloric intake. The only difference was that the first group had access to the food all day round, whilst the second group only for 8 hours during peak activity.
The result according to the researchers was stunning:
The mice that ate only while active were 40% leaner and had lower cholesterol and blood sugar.
So, limiting your food intake to your 8 most active hours during the day could be a good idea. We can also dig a bit deeper into the optimal time for eating dinner in particular:

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