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Best Time To Do Healthy Things

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There is a growing amount of research on knowing ideally “when” to do certain daily events.

These times are dictated by the bodies internal clock known as the circadian rhythm.

The circadian rhythm is based off the bodies natural response to the rising and setting of the sun, which regulates gut bacteria, body temperature, hormone levels, and blood flow. The more we are in line with the flow of this cycle’s prime times the more we can boost long term health.

Here would be a recommended way to plan your day.

Early Morning: Think Creatively

Sleepiness takes away from the ability for your mind to filter distractions and will cause your mind to wander. Your brain moves new information from short-term to long-term memory during the final hour of sleep which allows any new information you have learned to be more readily available. Therefore, the best time to brainstorm ideas is the moment you wake up. Having a voice recorder by your bed can help to capture those creative thoughts before they disappear.

Before Breakfast: Sex

Let’s face it, some things work at any time of the day, but we are talking optimization right now. While we sleep testosterone levels rise due to having to repair and build muscle for the coming day. When we wake testosterone levels are at their peak. Best time for sex. The worst time to do it, and when most people are having sex, is between 11 pm and 1 am, when melatonin levels are high and testosterone levels low.

Midday: Eat

Studies have shown in a group of dieters that ate their largest meal before 3 pm lost 25 percent more weight than people who ate their largest meal at dinner. This can be due to the idea that your body grows more insulin-resistant after 3 pm.

Between 4 pm and 7 am: Work out

Morning workouts can have some benefits, but when you have a choice it is ideally left for later in the day. This window is when body temperature is higher, joints are more supple, blood flow is enhanced, and certain hormones that break down muscle are decreasing.

Obviously kids, work, spouse, life, can get in the way of our outline of what we have planned for the day and by far the most important thing is to just get the good things done, ideal time or not. Getting that little extra boost from hitting the ideal time can be a nice little bonus.

Info taken from article “Like Clockwork” from Men’s Journal, January/February 2017, vol 26, No. 1

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Written by Dr. Aaron Cain

Health, wellness, and optimum performance have always interested Dr. Cain. As a kid and early adult, he spent a lot of time training for the goal of being the best hockey player that he could be. This quest brought him to different levels, including junior hockey in Flin Flon Manitoba, Northern Michigan University, The Calgary Flames minor league system, and then over to Europe. As the level of competition increased, it became more apparent that even small increases in performance could make a large difference in what level a player could reach. His experience really motivated him to research optimum performance in athletes. It made sense to him that, if the brain and nervous system control the entire body, the better that this system works, the better the person works. This led Dr. Cain to his next path, Chiropractic School in Atlanta, Georgia. Along with graduating as a Doctor of Chiropractic, Dr. Cain received a master’s degree that focused on athletes and human performance. As fun as it was to work with athletes of all different levels, he started to shift his focus more towards family practice and educating people on not only chiropractic, but also on the way they eat, move, and think. Dr. Cain has always loved the city of Calgary and all that the mountains had to offer. So in 2004, he decided to move here and start his chiropractic practice. Since that time, he has found it very rewarding to help the people of his community reach their health goals and to expand their minds to what is possible by making healthy lifestyle choices. Dr. Cain looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you achieve the level of health you deserve.
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