With hormonal imbalance on the increase due to more toxicity in our everyday lives, it’s clear we need to look at how to restore our equilibrium.
And one of the best ways to do this is to get up, go outside and get some light.
I find whether it’s sunny or dull, going outdoors helps not only my mood but also relaxes my mind, body and soul. It may sound clichéd, but it’s true.
Who has a hormone imbalance that they know of? It’s a lot more common than you think. Statistics show that imbalances of the hormonal kind are on the increase.
Whether it’s a fertility, perimenopause or menopause issue, relaxation is the key. This is fundamental for life. The issue is that we just don’t get enough of it… ever!
We need a new appreciation for our bodies, an awakening if you will. Our bodies are amazing and they know how to heal themselves. We need to provide them with tools to help them along.
This is where you need to let the light in.
Here’s how it works…
Circadian rhythm is a biological process in all living things. It works mainly through light and dark and uses this to interpret seasons, tides, night and day time.
These physical, mental and behavioural changes follow a roughly 24-hour cycle. Our own circadian rhythm is presented in our sleeping and eating patterns. It helps to regulate core body temperature, brain wave activity, hormonal processes, cell regeneration and much more.
Light is the key as it is the most predictive environmental cue for the seasons, timing of physiology and behaviour, and more notably timing of migration, hibernation and reproduction.
Without light our rhythm goes out of whack, we feel down and dull, our metabolic, hormonal, sleeping and eating patterns and central nervous system can all change and alter glucose production. In turn, this can lead to obesity.
We take in light through our retina, which travels to a place called suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN). This is a group of cells located in the hypothalamus gland which lie underneath your brain, and is sometimes referred to as a ‘master clock’. Our other master clocks can be found in the adrenal gland, oesophagus, lungs, liver, pancreas, spleen, thymus, and skin.
SCN interprets information from your retina on length of day and night and passes this on to the pineal gland – which then secretes the hormone melatonin to make you sleepy.
This peaks at night and ebbs during the day. No wonder when our rhythm is out of sync we can get depressed and suffer from all manner of nervous system disease, diabetes and seasonal affective disorder. Not to mention, of course, hormonal imbalances.
Which explains why light is so important. We need to receive the right information for our bodies to work correctly. This rhythm resides mainly in our glandular areas, which is where are hormones are. So it makes sense that these work hand in hand and can upset, or balance, our hormones which govern most of the functions in the body.
So in essence, light fuels our body helping it to function well, and if we don’t get enough we feel sad and tired.
Think how nourishing it feels to be in the sunshine. That’s because it’s doing you good. So go outside and take a walk in nature. Even if the sun isn’t out, we can still get enough light to help us thrive.