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Hello all,

Happy MONDAY – I hope you have had a fantastic weekend, taking care of YOU and hopefully getting out in nature. Today´s post is LONG, but important. Please read to the end 😉

A reminder for some on why preparation is KEY. Make sure your cupboards are full of wholesome cleanse friendly foods so you don´t grab something that is not going to support you.

For the liver, embarking on a cleanse is a bit like jumping off a diving board.

It can be a wonderful feeling – a chance to lighten up your body, mind and soul.

The liver does not like to be forced into anything which is why I always incorporate some preparation TIME. Cleaning out the liver is like cleaning out your home. If someone was to barge in through the front door and forced you to throw out your belongings nonstop for a week or more with no chance to sort out beforehand, you would probably revolt. The liver likes a chance to let go and have relief from toxins, but it needs a little notice 🙂 This also reduces the risk of some “detox ” symptoms that some may experience.

Today we are going to take a look at SLEEP, which is essential for optimal function and repair of the body and the link to the LIVER.
Sleep disturbances between 12-3am are often linked to the liver but why? How does this organ affect your sleep?

There are multiple influences on your circadian rhythm (sleep/wake cycle) and it just so happens that your organs have their own autonomously regulated body clocks for daily cleansing. Between 12 – 3am, your molecular clockwork has been traditionally associated with liver detoxification and regulatory processes.

Even more interesting, your body has an anatomical hierarchy where the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN) within the hypothalamus of the BRAIN is the master clock, a timekeeper for organs. This part of the brain regulates the sleep/wake cycle by retinal perceived light and darkness and synchronizes your body organs for detoxification or regulatory mechanisms.

Research indicates that these clocks are highly sensitive to metabolic cues – meaning eating and liver detoxification patterns play a huge role in your circadian rhythm. Your metabolic and digestive feedback communications are sending signals to the liver where it balances energy and metabolises carbohydrates, fats and proteins. Cholesterol, sex hormones and thyroid metabolism also have their own metabolic clock processing times within the liver – what!? YEP! Your body is super complex and needs to be nourished accordingly.

Liver Metabolism

The liver has an internal timing system for physiological processes to occur in the most beneficial manner. Being the key organ for detoxification, the liver naturally detoxifies when you’re in the deepest non-REM cycle which normally takes place around 12 – 3am.
Research is still underway to identify the precise timing for liver detoxification however, we do know it works intricately with the SCN timing for sleep. The liver must metabolise cholesterol, fatty acids, glucose, thyroid hormones, bile acids, iron and everything in between – it’s a big job. If your digestive/liver function is imbalanced, or your meals are too late in the evening, this can detrimentally impact your sleep quality. The liver will always prioritise toxin detoxification. Thus, if your liver is heavily congested, it may influence your sleep/wake cycle.

Waking up at a time when the liver is active may indicate that your liver is having to work extra hard with the detoxifying process and/or that your body may require longer detoxification. It may also indicate your need for additional support such as more B vitamins and/or glutathione or other antioxidants. This will vary depending upon your genetic make up. Sleep difficulties have been associated with liver imbalances (even fatty liver disease) so you may need to carry on your cleanse for longer to enable release of toxins and assess where you can make permanent changes to your lifestyle.

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