Best Free Hormonal Balance Tool
Sometimes the best things really are free but we seem to have a collective reluctance as a society to fully appreciate what nature has to offer. For example, we are all blessed with the best free hormonal balance tool that we could wish for, but how many people even know about it let alone use it correctly. .
What do our eyes and light have to do with our hormones? Well just about everything is the answer, but will you find your GP telling you this if you have problems falling and staying asleep or feel fatigued with no get up and go in the mornings or feel exhausted in the middle of the afternoon or have a thyroid issue? Only if you are very lucky and have found a GP who has done a lot more studying after leaving medical school. The crucial importance of light in our lives is, in general, simply not considered to have any relevance to health.
Our circadian rhythm is controlled by the exposure of our best free hormonal balance tool (aka our eyes) to light. In the days before electricity, most people woke at sunrise and went to sleep soon after sunset. Yes, candles, kerosene, open fires and gas lamps were used to prolong the evenings, but these sources of light contain plenty of red light, which helps us to wind down at night and prepare for sleep. In general, back before electricity, peoples’ natural circadian rhythm followed the sun.
This is for a very good biological reason that no one back then would have known about
Exposure to natural light at the correct times of day balances our hormones.
When it gets dark at night our internal body clocks are preparing for sleep. This is because the frequencies of light given off by the setting sun send a message through our eyes to our pituitary gland, which in turn sends messages to other hormone producing glands to do their job.
The main hormone that we produce each and every night is melatonin. This helps to get us to sleep and keep us asleep so that we can wake rested in the morning. Melatonin is also a very powerful antioxidant that performs a crucial house cleaning and maintenance function on our cells while we sleep.
However our production of melatonin can be affected by two things that we all have in our control:-
- Going to bed too late (after 10pm), and
- Exposing our eyes to too much blue light from all electronic devices, TVs, halogen, LED and fluorescent bulbs (the old incandescent bulbs were fine but very hard to find now).
10 pm might seem early to some people, but it is all to do with how our bodies respond best from an evolutionary perspective. Getting to bed by 10 pm and rising before 6 am is how we function best.
Early Morning Light
As you might expect, there is something very special about the frequencies of light given off by the sun in the early morning. These are received through our eyes and again go to the pituitary gland, but this time the hormonal production message sent out is different because we require different hormones in the morning to get us going and energised.
As the sun rises the frequencies continue to change throughout the day until at midday we receive strong blue light (also balanced with red light). If we are exposed to full spectrum light, either outdoors or by having doors or windows open to let it in, our eyes are continually registering and receiving these different frequencies. This acts like a coding system to our endocrine glands and they do their job of hormone production at the right time for our bodies circadian rhythm.
But what happens if we don’t get the morning sun into our eyes and instead the first thing we do is turn on electric lights and check email? This will effectively by pass the hormone production benefits we could receive from the early frequencies and instead jump us to the same position we would be in at midday in daylight. This is because the intensity of blue light given off by electronic devices is similar to the natural level of blue light found in full spectrum light from the sun at midday.
We do not wish to miss out on using the best free hormonal balance tool, and on waking we go to look at the sun.
Tips to Use the Best Free Hormonal Balance Tool
- Look towards the sunrise (or the brightest area of the sky if overcast) without prescription glasses, sunglasses or contact lenses, and not through your house or car windows – it must be direct unfiltered rays of energy and information coming to your eyes.
- Start with whatever you can manage time wise. Some exposure is much better than none, but aim for a few minutes. Perhaps you can incorporate this with other activities like exercise or walking the dog.
- Delay looking at or using blue man made light as long as possible in the morning. Only do this if you are wearing blue blocker glasses, or over glasses, to neutralise the effect of the blue light.
- Depending on the time of year, try to eat your breakfast outside in the natural light. Even if it is overcast, you are getting the benefit of exposure to natural frequencies.
- If you drive to work, open your windows to let full spectrum light in. Remember that your car windows will have a tint that blocks some of the natural light. If it is too cold or windy, just opening a window a little bit is better than having them all closed. If you have a convertible or a sun-roof, you are really lucky and can let the light in that way.
- If you work in an office, you might be able to open a window near to your work desk. In most air conditioned offices this is not possible, so make a habit of getting outside on coffee/tea breaks and at lunch time. When you do this, try to get out of the habit of wearing sunglasses. The short amount of sun exposure cannot possibly damage your eyes unless you are staring directly into the sun at midday, which you are unlikely to be doing.
- When working indoors under blue light or on a computer or electronic device, try wearing blue blocker glasses. There are plenty of companies selling really stylish ones, which can be expensive, but you can also buy simple ones for around A$25. We have a small supply of these, so please contact us for details.
We urge you to give these tips a go and try to maximise your use of the best free hormonal balance tool that nature has equipped us with.
Trying to expose ourselves to as much full spectrum light as possible, Edith and Tim at CoolWellbeing Foundation.
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