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.
|Time||Organ/Meridian||Function||How To Help|
|5am-7am||Large Intestine||Its main function is to detox||Drinking water triggers bowel movements, making room for the new day’s nutritional intake while removing toxins from previous night’s cleansing.|
|7am-9am||Stomach||Assimilation 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-11am||Spleen/Pancreas||The 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-1pm||Heart||Food 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-3pm||Small Intestines||Works 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-5pm||Bladder||Metabolic wastes from the morning’s nutrition intake are starting removal here, making room for the kidney’s filtration to come.||Drink more water.|
|5pm-7pm||Kidneys||Filters 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-9pm||Pericardium/Circulation||Nutrients 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-11pm||San Jiao/Triple Warmer||The endocrine system adjusts the homeostasis of the body based on electrolyte and enzyme replenishment.||Best time to be asleep.|