“Did you know that there are more airplanes at the bottom of the sea than submarines in the sky?” One-of-my-favorite-human’s jokes. Hahaha
More seriously, my Auntie Joyce studies Traditional Chinese Medicine and she shared with me some really interesting information. Each organ has an hour where it has more energy and functions better:
FEBRUARY 17, 2013 BY DR. LYNDSAY WAREHAM
3-5am Lung: The lung is responsible for moving the qi (energy) through the meridians and to the entire body, as well as providing immune protection. It is also emotionally associated with grief. You may find that wake up during these times if you are struggling with grief or sorrow. Imbalances may also show up as wheezing, coughing, asthma, or getting sick easily.
5-7am Large Intestine: This is the best time to have a bowel movement. The large intestine is all about ‘letting go’ physically and emotionally. Symptoms of malfunction include constipation, dry stools, skin rash, and feeling emotionally ‘stuck’ .
7-9am Stomach: The stomach’s function is digestion & breakdown of foods, so this is the best time to eat a healthy & hearty breakfast. If out of balance, symptoms that may arise include acid reflux, stomach ulcer, and bad breath.
9-11am Spleen: The spleen extracts nutrients from food, transforms it into energy and transports it to other organ systems. During this time, you can support the spleen by having a nice cup of warming tea, or a light snack. Foods that support the spleen include cinnamon, yam, dates, and lentils. Imbalances may show up as loose stools, bloating after meals, craving sweets, and low energy.
11am-1pm Heart: During these hours, it is best to relax, take a siesta, and enjoy lunch. The heart dislikes heat (emotional & physical), so try to avoid caffeine, stress, intense exercise, or anything that raises your blood pressure. Symptoms of imbalance are palpitations, shortness of breath, cold hands & feet, and insomnia.
1-3pm Small Intestine: The small intestine separates the clear and turbid fluids, and moves these to the urinary bladder and large intestine, respectively. If you haven’t drank enough water during the day, you are more likely to feel dehydrated during these times. When out of balance, conditions that may arise include duodenal ulcer, bloating with vomiting or gas.
3-5pm Urinary Bladder: This is a time of the day when you can feel a dip in energy levels, especially if you are not well-hydrated. The urinary bladder stores & secretes urine (clear fluid), and is nourished by salty foods so having a bowl of brothy soup, such as miso or veggie broth, during this time helps strengthen the bladder (and the kidney, which is it’s paired organ). When out of balance, you may experience burning when urinating, yeast infection, or urinary incontinence.
5-7pm Kidney: The kidneys are responsible for healthy reproduction, development, and growth. Some activities that support this are to have a healthy meal (but not too large) with a little salt for flavoring and love making, which keeps your kidney ‘essence’ strong! When the kidney meridian is out of balance, symptoms that may arise include sexual difficulties, low back pain, or premature graying of hair.
7-9pm Pericardium: This is one of the accessory organs systems. To support the pericardium, this is the time to do something gentle to help you ease into sleep, such as meditation, light stretching, reading, or cuddling.
9-11pm San Jiao (Triple Burner): This is the second accessory organ system. During this time, to best support San Jiao, we should think about going to sleep during this time – having an earlier bed time in the winter, and staying up a little later in summer.
11pm-1am Gall Bladder: Physically, the gallbladder stores and excretes bile, but emotionally, it is in charge of self-esteem and decision-making. If you’re not sleeping by this time, you are depleting your gall bladder’s energy stores, which over time, can lead to poor self-esteem, poor judgment, or difficulty digesting fats.
1-3am Liver: The liver’s role is to store blood for menstruation and to get us through the day. If you’re not sleeping at this time, you can quickly become deficient, especially if you are female because of the importance of blood for menstruation (even for those going through menopause). The liver is also emotionally connected to anger. You may find that you wake up between 1-3am if you have repressed anger or long standing resentment. Symptoms of liver imbalances include irregular menstruation, anemia, chronic fatigue, and headache.
Woah! This is so fascinating! Just reading this makes me want to study traditional medicine! Maybe at some point during my adventure…
Boxing Day was a day spent at BIg Wave Beach. Playing in the waves was energizing! The waters were very polluted. At times, in the water, plastic bags and wrappers would brush up against our legs and surprise us.
So these past few days have been filled with CLIMBING 😊 . First with Maman, Tristan and Papa at Devils Peak. Slabby, 5, 6a, hot, granite, so sticky rock. Such great slab climbing day! We had to do 2 rappels to get to the base of the main wall. Maman was very brave! Tristan did his first sport lead! Awesome day. The view was gorgeous-nature and city combined.
Tristan has a passion for shoes, more specifically soccer shoes. He loves them, spends hours watching shoe reviews. Everyday, he visits the Adidas shop on Queens Road Central.
Yesterday was another great climbing day! Papa and I went out to Cape Collinson to meet 4 local climbers. We worked mainly on the Bunker Wall! Such great climbing! The rock formation was unlike anything I had ever climbed on (having mainly climbed in Squamish on granite). With the waves crashing right next to us, the setting was magical. It was quite a day- lead 6 climbs! Days like these make me realize how traveling is all about the people you meet, not about what you do. Had so many great laughs and made great connections.
Big family gathering tonight! The other night, at Uncle Wing’s (my grandfather’s brother) birthday, we were 67 relatives and not everyone was present! Can’t wait to see all the family tonight!