How Your Gut's Circadian Rhythm Affects Your Whole Body

Our understanding of the gut microbiome increases by the day. One recent discovery was reported on by CNN. Researchers have determined that your microbiota may have a circadian rhythm. The ramifications of this finding could be monumental.

This finding further reinforces the fact that our bodies are biologically optimized for intermittent fasting. The dangers of eating too late in the evening can be easily avoided by limiting your food consumption to a window of six to eight hours.

There are other steps that can be taken to optimize your gut flora. Two obvious ones are minimizing the use of antibiotics and eating fermented foods to support a healthy balance. Far fewer embrace the time saving measure of reducing the frequency of bathing. At first, you may emit foul odors and have greasy skin or hair. However, this may be the direct result of your prior aggressive showering routine.

Body odor is the result of bacteria feeding on oily secretions from your sweat and sebaceous glands. Washing with detergent soaps wipes out the bacteria temporarily, but it quickly reestablishes with an imbalance that favors odor-producing microbes. When you give your body a break from the toxic shampoos and soaps, however, the ecosystem has a chance to right itself and, in so doing, offensive body odor largely disappears.

It is simple to implement these lifestyle changes to optimize your gut flora. Another step to a healthier diet is to jettison all processed foods from your diet. The convenience and perceived value they provide is entirely illusory. Instead, consume exclusively nourishing whole foods and plenty of healthy fats. Taking control of your health is a transformational journey that starts with optimizing your microbiome.