Rest & Rhythm
Rest is a period of time set aside which the body and the
mind are put in neutral gear, so that the body's systems are
allowed to catch up with the demands that have been put upon
them. (The mind is taken off of all fears, anxiety,
concerns, worries, stress, etc. The focus can then turn to
people understand what rest means. To some it means a break
from the routine, to others it means sitting and watching
television, and to still others it could mean some strenuous
activity. Yet most do not realize that mental rest and
physical rest are actually two parts of the total rest
picture. Both parts of the rest picture must be present in
order for there to be proper rest.
Please realize that when rest is called for in your program,
that it should be followed. If there is any confusion as to
how much rest, be sure and ask. When the body is in need of
rest, it cannot get by without it. In order to help your
body improve its wellness you cannot be burning up "energy"
in everyday work and worries. There is no amount of food
supplement that can compensate for lack of rest.
Rest is very important to acquire on a regular schedule.
This is because when the "laws of nature" were set forth,
biologic life was given cycles and rhythms to help establish
habits and patterns that promoted life. Man is the most
intelligent of all beings, yet he abuses himself the most
when it comes to irregular schedules and lifestyle habits.
With today's air transportation, it is not uncommon to see
individuals very ill only because the rest cycle was altered
by an "around the world" jet trip.
What are these rhythms and why should you have some
understanding about them and their relationship to rest?
of the major contributing factors to "subhealth" in humans
today is the lack of schedules. The poorer the health,
usually the more disorganized the lifestyle is. They do not
eat at the same time every day. These individuals do not go
to bed at the same time, nor get up at the same time. Their
bowel movements are irregular. Also their exercise habits
are irregular. It is regularity in everything that allows
the body to function at its peak. The liver has cycles, and
they are anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes apart.
is known that there are daily body biorhythms that the
systems must be tuned to. Much has been recorded regarding
the cycles of the universe in general. Recognizing the
importance of these biorhythmic cycles is just like a
musician recognizing that there is a particular "A" on the
music scale that his instrument must be tuned to-not just
Halberg, of the Chronobiology Laboratories of the University
of Minnesota, is a dean of biorhythm research in America. He
showed, by putting a man in a cave and controlling
conditions, that when nothing in the external world
interferes with the persons internal body rhythms, a man's
heart rate clearly reveals a seven-day rhythm.
Other researchers have discovered, over a 15 year period
that healthy men excrete hormones like ketosteroids on a
seven-day rhythm. Another team found that post-operative
inflammatory swelling came on a regular predictable
seven-day rhythm after oral surgery. A seven-day rhythm has
been found related to the cortisol binding protein
production in lactating mothers. Other demonstrations are
found in serious rejection of transplanted kidneys after
surgery. Seven days after the operation a variety of immune
reactions set up a seven-day rhythm that complicates the
postoperative out come.
seven-day rhythms have also been found in monkeys, dogs,
rats and other organisms.
overview, let us outline the pertinent principles of rhythm
Start the night's sleep period at, as close to, the same
time as possible.
Eat your meals, as close to, the same time each day.
Do not eat within 3 hours of going to bed at night.
Drink your distilled water, as directed, on the hourly or
Sleep with good ventilation at night and air out the
bedrooms in the daytime. Air
out the bedding as well.
If complete bed rest, for a period of time, is suggested,
that is just what it means. Do
nothing but get up to go to the bathroom.