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  • The Mind Body Foundation

Round the Clock eating in the Modern World leading to disease

Until a hundred years ago, humans ate their last meal of the day a couple of hours into sunset, that is, at around 7/8 pm. With the advent of artificial light, access and availability of food round the clock, the last meal of one’s day has been pushed further and further into the night. Few hours after our last meal, our digestive system moves to repair and reset rejuvenation mode. This mode breaks down and cleanses cholesterol and toxins and replaces damaged cells with healthy new ones. Time taken for our digestive system to reset by cleansing is anywhere between 12 – 14 hours.

It has been found that on average, people in the modern world consume food across a span of 15 hours leading to less or no scope for our gut to reset and rejuvenate. The later into the night one’s last bite of food, the lesser time their bodies have for cleansing (fat burning, break down toxins and cholesterol, replacing damaged cells, etc.). All this has led to a variety of lifestyle diseases.

So, eating within an 8 to 12 hour window and sticking to this cycle will help prevent one from developing various chronic issues related to physical health, and will also have a positive impact on one’s mental health.

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