As we have learned, every part of the body is constantly working together to create balance or homeostasis. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, each organ, or meridian, has its own time of day that it follows in perfect sync with the clock. So, not only does your body know WHAT to do, it knows WHEN to do it!

Tips for “Tuning In” To the Chinese Meridian Clock

Meridians are energy paths in the body that Qi runs through. The chart below (as well as the image above) will help connect your mind to the body’s natural clock to help you optimize health and balance your whole body.

TimeOrgan/MeridianFunctionHow To Help
5am-7amLarge IntestineIts main function is to detoxDrinking water triggers bowel movements, making room for the new day’s nutritional intake while removing toxins from previous night’s cleansing.
7am-9amStomachAssimilation of minerals; the stomach’s energy is at its highest point of the day.Eat the most important meal of the day here to optimize digestion/assimilation.
9am-11amSpleen/PancreasThe stomach passes its contents on. Enzymes from the pancreas continue the digestive process. Carbohydrate energy is made available.This is a great time for a snack of fresh fruit or a smoothie and then some exercise!
11am-1pmHeartFood materials enter the bloodstream. The heart pumps nutrients throughout the system.It is best to eat healthy fats and protein here to assure your body can break down the fat and utilize the protein.
1pm-3pmSmall IntestinesWorks on foods that require longer digestion times (like proteins), completing the digestion and assimilation process.At this time your body needs a rest, it is busy breaking down your proteins and is in a trophing period. This is a good time to take a meditation or legs up the wall break.
3pm-5pmBladderMetabolic wastes from the morning’s nutrition intake are starting removal here, making room for the kidney’s filtration to come.Drink more water.
5pm-7pmKidneysFilters the blood (decides what to keep and what to throw away), maintains proper chemical balance of blood based on nutritional intake from the day. Blood delivers usable nutrients to all tissues.Eat a lighter dinner.
7pm-9pmPericardium/CirculationNutrients are carried to groups of cells (capillaries) and to each individual cell (lymphatics).This is a great time to wind down. Do a stretchy yoga session. 
9pm-11pmSan Jiao/Triple WarmerThe endocrine system adjusts the homeostasis of the body based on electrolyte and enzyme replenishment.Best time to be asleep. 
You’ll note that the last two meridians on this chart are not actual organs of the body. The pericardium is a thin sac that surrounds your heart. It protects and lubricates your heart and keeps it in place within your chest. Also known as the Triple Burner, “the San Jiao, or three visceral cavities, promote the transformation and transportation of water and fluids throughout the body.” – Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Medicine.
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