Melatonin Fights Rise of Occasional Teen Anxiety Do you think teenagers are becoming increasingly anxious? Teenagers between 13 and 18 have seen a sharp 20% rise in occasional anxiety between 2007 and 2012.12 The National Institutes of Health found one in three adolescents experience occasional anxiety.2 Today, adolescents are digital natives. They have grown up with screens, leading many researchers to believe the rise in stress level is linked to excessive screen time. In America,
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What are Circadian Rhythms? Circadian rhythms are light-dark cycles, as old as the first life on Earth.1 All life, so it seems, had to be intimately connected to cycles of the sun to continue to evolve. One of the most important tenets of Ayurveda is living in sync with natural rhythms. Daily eating cycles, sleeping
Most Americans have turned their clocks back every fall and ahead every spring since 1966 with little pushback . . . until recently. Mounting evidence suggests that changing clocks to accommodate daylight savings time is linked to increased accidents and health concerns.
Do you ever notice that you feel differently in the summer and winter? That you crave different foods, have different sleeping patterns, or experience different moods? Well, we are circadian beings, which means our ability to survive and thrive as a species depends on our connection to the rhythms of nature.
In a recent Scientific American article, researchers discovered that the expression of up to 82% of our genes turn on or off at specific times of day—that is 16,400 of our 20,000 human genes (and counting).1 The science of circadian medicine may soon determine when you should take a medication or why you get sick
Many years ago, I wrote about a piece from the Scientific American magazine, where we were introduced to the term “Circadian Medicine.” They stated that circadian medicine would “revolutionize medicine as we know it,” and now we have 3 American researchers who won the Nobel Prize for their research on circadian medicine. Circadian medicine fascinates
Average Reading Time: 4 minutes and 5 seconds In evolutionary terms, we have spent very little time living with and depending on artificial light. This dependency has been found to negatively affect our circadian clock, our connection to the light/dark, daily, and seasonal cycles. (1) Every cell in the body is linked to a biological
Our connection to the light and dark circadian cycles goes back to some of the very first cells that appeared on earth. Melatonin, which is considered to be one of the oldest molecules on earth and some 3.5 billion years old, is a powerful biological clock regulator. (2) The health and longevity of all organisms
Sleep: Let’s Get Back to Basics Years ago, when I was touring with Deepak Chopra giving Ayurvedic consultations and lectures in different cities, I had a patient who complained of waking up with a headache every morning. I gave him an herbal protocol and three months later, I returned to his town. I saw him
Spring Fever? Do you think human beings are made to mate at a certain time of year? Throughout nature, we see seasonal breeding as part of species survival. Most animals are forced to mate in the summer-fall, in order to give birth in the spring. Mating during late fall or winter would push birthing into
Lymphatic Damage Caused by Stress In today’s society, many folks find themselves with a hectic, never-ending, highly stressful to-do list that never seems to get shorter. It is rare to find a person who considers themselves “stress-free.” If left unchecked, consistent stress can have a devastating effect on the adrenals, your digestive microbes, your brain,
Do you have trouble sleeping? It seems logical to assume that difficulty falling asleep is caused by excess energy. Based on this logic, sedation would offer a remedy. While sedatives do sometimes work, they often leave you groggy and foggy in the morning, or they just stop working over time. In this article, I make the