Series on boosting immunity: Up First, Circadian Rhythm Fasting
I am watching a series of classes on changing the way you eat for immunity. Supplements can sometimes be good, but it is not a complete way to boost immunity. It starts with what you eat...of course!
It went over the usual microbiome info first. It is initially established by natural birthing, breastfeeding, etc. (I may have missed how to revive it if this was not done early in life, or she never went over that.) Then, she went over how it is important to protect the microbiome.
External factors come into play, not just internal factors. She said to eliminate as many artificial scents as possible (cleaners, air fresheners, scented detergents, etc...already done here) & how exhaust & second hand smoke, drinking out of plastic water bottles (BPA or not), etc. damages it. We are using less plastic as time goes on, but it is difficult to eliminate it all. Most of these things she mentioned are minimal here already, so that's not an issue in or around our home, at least. Agricultural spray in the summer is more of a factor & is beyond our control.
"Circadian rhythm fasting" was up next. Have any of you done this? It is eating food only when the sun is up and is one type of intermittent fasting. It is an old way of eating in most cultures, she claimed. This was the "homework" for the first class.
My question was about sun up at 8, down by 4 in the winter. She said in that case, to be done eating at 5:30 or 6 (or be done eating 3-4 hours before bedtime, 12 h fast if you can't quite do a full circadian rhythm fast because of work or something that can't be helped). Any liquids (except alcohol) afterward are fine, so that's when I will give myself healthy, tasty liquids. You eat once again when the sun rises. She said it will help balance blood sugar, sleep, digestion & bloating & more. I think I can make this change and will try it. This sounds workable here. It will feel like I am cooking all day (cooking for 6 meat eaters takes time), but I will have a long evening to relax.
She says it is more difficult in summer to keep to the schedule due to the bright, long days.
I will add other notes in this thread as I go through the other classes this week.
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