The Body’s Digestive Cycle

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Is breakfast the most important meal of the day?




(Circadian rhythm continued)

Our bodies work in sophisticated regularity without been instructed by us, the wonderful mechanism of the human body and its infinite cellular intelligence, that drives all organs to perform their assigned work through limitless powers of repair and recuperation, does however require an understanding of the basic foundations of sound nutrition to enable its optimal condition. Not many people know this but our bodies run to three 8-hour cycles per day known as circadian rhythms that occur within the digestive system, understanding the body’s digestive cycle and correctly combining our food intake will allow us to modify our lifestyles and diets to ensure we reap maximum benefits from what we eat while at the same time experience improved health. All of our consumption of food should be based around an understanding of this rhythm. Unfortunately, this rhythm/cycle can be thrown into confusion by way of bad eating habits, and this in turn can lead over time to chronic illnesses. It has been widely documented that 80% of all disease occurs in the stomach from improper digestion, absorption and elimination so paying attention to these cycles is invaluable!

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The 3 cycles are;
1) Elimination (of body wastes and food debris) 4am-12pm
2) Appropriation (eating and digestion) 12pm-8pm
3) Assimilation (absorption and use)   8pm-4am 

Each of these functions is always happening to some degree, but each cycle has been observed to be more intense during certain hours of the day, for example it has been found that from approximately 4am until noon, the body is cleansing itself (eliminating) – this is why, people wake up with headaches, crusty eyes, furred tongues, snotty noses, full bladders etc. – this is the debris coming out. It makes sense for the body to do its cleansing during sleep hours to avoid exerting any extra energy elsewhere.

Cycle no.1 = Elimination (4am-12pm)

During this time the body dedicates most of its energy to removing toxins and waste from your body, excreting all the garbage that it has no use for through the bowels, urine, ducts and sweat glands. In order to allow the body to conduct its work with as little interference as possible we should eat lightly because not only are we just coming out of a fast (4-8hrs non- eating whilst asleep) but the body will work at its best when given foods that require minimal digestion such as, fruit, fruit juices, veg or green juices which have been found to assist in dissolving accumulated mucus and waste without interfering with the process.

DO NOT: Shock the body with heavy foods i.e. fried foods, meats, rolls, coffee (regular or decaf), sugary foods (pancakes, doughnuts etc.) or even loud noises, aim to gently realign body and spirit with a light diet, prayer and meditation, light movement/exercise which will produce greater energy levels and mental alertness throughout the day.

The elimination cycle is the most important yet the most abused, primarily through the consumption of heavy traditional breakfasts worldwide!! This prevents the elimination process from completing properly, as energy is taken away from eliminating toxins and used for digestion of the foods just eaten. Over time this leads to waste and toxins building up in the intestine, it is this interference that triggers many long term chronic illnesses because the body is now no longer able to efficiently absorb vital nutrients and minerals to replenish the body or remove waste.

Cycle no.2 = Appropriation (12pm-8pm)

This is the time when the body is most efficient at digesting and dealing with foods, as a result we should consume our heaviest meal during this time span. Our two main meals – lunch and dinner fall into this cycle.

The body is most active now and burns foods faster as long as we are eating according to the body’s “needs” and not its “wants”. There is a difference between your body needing food and between you wanting food. Your body will let you know when it needs food which is totally different to you wanting (craving). Acknowledging these differences in your eating habits will help you develop a healthier lifestyle and maintain a healthy weight too.

Cycle no.3 = Assimilation (8pm-4am)

At this stage the body is utilizing the food that has been consumed during the day, it extracts and absorbs all the nutrients from what we have digested. Whilst sleeping your body makes use of all of those nutrients by replenishing and rebuilding damaged cells, and allows the blood and lymphatic system to get the waste material ready for the elimination cycle. Eating heavy meals before going to bed will ferment and poison the system causing a range of symptoms from; indigestion, gas, nightmares, mood swings, constipation and weight gain.

Food taken beyond these hours is not only harmful to the body but also throws all the cycles out of whack so we’re….


This can cause havoc to your overall wellbeing, it is important to get familiar with the cycles – work with the program and the program will work for you. Understand that there is an appropriate time fordrinking, eating, cleansing, a time for self-rejuvenation and rest from consumption.

In the beginning following this cycle may be difficult, eating only fruits in the morning and eating only when one is truly hungry may take a bit of getting used to, but stick with it. You don’t have to eat just because the clock dictates its lunch time – you do not have to eat meat at every meal – you will have to be conscious of how you combine your meals, protein or starch not both at the same time (read food combination blog).

So the answer to the above question has to be FALSE!!

Peace & light –x-


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