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Human endeavor has lasted for millions of years now . It seems to be growing as strongly as possible. We are over 8 billion in number with a lifespan of over 70 years. Humans have always evolved to adapt to changing circumstances, learn from mistakes and survive. This has brought a lot of happiness alongside an unfortunate number of maladies.

It is time for us as a race to take stock of the situation and get smarter. It is time for us as a race to combine our technological advancements and power with the innate ancient knowledge of ourselves.

  • Following are a few ways to start our journey of evolution to become the modern animal that we are:

1. Wake up with the rising sun:

In the beginning, we woke up with the sun. It is the sun that has separated day from night. The sun's light/dark cycle has a strong influence on the circadian clock, sleep, mood and alertness.

The circadian clock is a natural, internally driven 24-hour rhythm that runs by the sun's light/dark cycle.

The human body senses both daytime and nighttime, therefore light is an important cue for your body’s sleep cycle. Waking up with the sun can help you set your circadian clock right. Sunlight aids the body to make serotonin, a brain chemical that plays a fundamental role in body functions such as mood, sleep, digestion and bone health. Therefore, exposing yourself to early morning sunlight is beneficial for both metabolism and immune system function.

2. Eat by sunset: The sun impacts your body’s digestive system. As the sun rises your digestive system works at its best and as the sun sets, the release of digestive juices lowers thereby slowing your metabolism. Eating after sunset makes it harder for your body to digest the food and as you remain sedentary in the evening and night, your body can form toxins causing digestive disorders such as heartburn, constipation and bloating.

Late-night eating will also negatively affect your sleep cycle leading to difficulty in falling asleep, disruptions in your sleep during the night and waking up tired in the morning.

3. Eat Natural: The evolution of the human lifestyle has fundamentally changed over thousands of years. However, our genetic makeup has still not changed. People have started eating a lot of processed food laced with sugar, which we haven’t evolved to eat. Eating unprocessed food, mostly meat-based, some vegetables and seasonal fruits like berries should be our staple. Natural food contains a lot of antioxidants, natural fats, vitamins and minerals which are helpful in fighting against modern diseases thereby minimising the risk of diabetes, keeping your heart healthy and young and reducing the risk for diseases like obesity, fatty liver and heart problems.

Unprocessed, whole and nutrient-rich foods also fight inflammation and boost digestive function and metabolic health.

4. Move your body: While maintaining an exercise routine is recommended the most, why don’t you start with simply moving your body first? Regular and focused movement of the body improves mood and mental health, helps to deal with mental health problems like anxiety and depression and fosters positivity.

Moving your body is not only beneficial for your muscles but also strengthens your bones, thereby reducing the risk of muscular disorders such as osteoporosis. It also improves brain health, reduces risk of cognitive impairment and delays cognitive decline.

Take yourself on a journey through a healthy and peaceful world. Soak in the early morning sun and smile with gratitude, enjoy the sunset with a delicious meal, pick out nutritious foods on your next grocery run and take up one activity wherein you move your body in a way that feels fun!

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