In my prior article titled, “Is Your Hose Kinked?” I referenced the 24 hour body clock. If you missed this article click on the link provided. You really do have an internal clock that carries out specific tasks within the body at the same time every day. Almost like your body’s “in-box” of daily routines. And, like your day at the office, your body may have an emergency or two that gets thrown in your day. Something you didn’t plan. This could look like a food you are allergic to such as wheat. Your body still needs to work on its regularly scheduled daily task but eating the wrong foods or food you have an intolerance to may cause your body to have to go deal with that “emergency” instead of completing the scheduled task. This is how blockages, build-ups and stagnation can cause an organ’s meridian pathway to be clogged. This can lead to a host of issues.
The large intestine holds position number 2 in the body clock which means that the clock starts each day at 3 AM with the lungs and then passes the baton to the large intestine at 5 AM to allow it to complete its daily tasks.
From 5 AM – 7 AM, your body is cleansing the large intestine. This is when the organ has the strongest energy for the entire day. It also happens to be the best time of day to have a bowel movement. When that energy is not flowing, you may find that you are not able to sleep through this time, or if you are an early riser, you may find that you feel sluggish during this time.
The large intestine has a number of functions including:
- absorbs fluid to maintain blood volume
- eliminates the impure including thoughts, emotions and food
- generates grief to allow us to let go and move on
Often the following symptoms may accompany a large intestine that is not balanced:
- abdominal pain, diarrhea, smelly stool, sticky or bloody stool
- dark urine, fever, sweating, burning anus sensation
- fullness in chest, sore throat, toothache, nosebleed, runny nose, swollen gums, frontal headaches
- worry, anxiety, control issues, depression, rigidity of thinking, stubbornness, mental confusion, complacent about being wrong
There are a number of ways to address an imbalance in the large intestines such as exercise-like Yoga or Tai Chi.
So maybe you are thinking, “I wake up multiple times during the night, what am I supposed to do if it is not during 5 am – 7 am?” Don’t worry. We are going to do a series on this so rest assured we are going to cover the other organs in the body. However, if you are waking up multiple times a night, you will benefit tremendously from my prior video release called the Tahiti Vacation Relaxation Technique.
Another way to address energy imbalances is through BodyTalk, a modality I use in my practice. A BodyTalk session can be done in person or remotely (over the phone or live video conference such as Zoom). Learn more about BodyTalk and schedule a session.