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Winter Solstice - a time to rest and regroup

Did you know that the Winter Solstice is one of the most important days to reset your health? My friends at Botanical Biohacking shared this info with us and I want to pass it along to all of you.

Normally, cortisol levels are higher in the morning and decrease throughout the day, but lack of sunlight can alter this pattern giving cortisol the highest seasons spike throughout the year. 

Here is why this can be good for you:

1. Immune System Modulation: Cortisol helps modulate the immune system. It has anti-inflammatory effects, which are essential in controlling the body's immune responses and reducing inflammation. This is particularly important in preventing the immune system from overreacting, which can lead to autoimmune diseases or allergies.

2. Homeostasis: Cortisol plays a key role in maintaining homeostasis in the body – the balance of physiological processes. It regulates various bodily functions to keep the body's internal environment stable and efficient, regardless of external changes.

3 Metabolic Functions: It aids in the metabolism of fats, proteins, and carbohydrates, ensuring these macronutrients are properly used by the body for energy and other functions.Developmental and Growth Functions: Cortisol is involved in several developmental processes in the body. 

4. Psychological Well-being: Adequate levels of cortisol are associated with good mental health. It helps in mood regulation and cognitive functions such as memory formation.

5. Circadian Rhythm Regulation:  Cortisol follows a diurnal rhythm, meaning its levels vary throughout the day. High levels in the morning help you wake up and feel alert, while lower levels in the evening facilitate relaxation and sleep.If you want to be bright eyed and bushy tailed in the new year, then rest like a log and sleep earlier during this time of restoration.

May the Yin be with you!


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