Saturday, August 13, 2011

Morning Kapha Time And Heart Attacks

Research is finding that the time of day someone experiences a heart attack can predict how damaging the heart attack will be.  When the heart attack occurs between 6:00 AM and 12:00PM, there is twenty percent more damage and heart attacks during this time tend to be more fatal.  They are attributing these results to circadian rhythm-the body's natural clock.

Ayurveda divides the day into six time periods based on the three basic constitutional types.  The time period of 6:00 AM to 10:00 AM is known as kapha time.  It is a time characterized by slowness and lack of movement.  Digestion is weaker.  People have a hard time waking up and getting their day started.  Some people even feel stiff in these morning hours.

To balance this effect, Ayurveda recommends exercising this time of day. A light breakfast is suggested so as not to tax digestion.  Ayurveda recognizes the body's circadian rhythm and uses lifestyle techniques to bring the most benefit.

A heart attack occurs when the heart is working too hard to circulate the blood.  If there are blockages in the arteries, the heart must work harder.  If the body's natural rhythm is stiffer, slower during the kapha time of day, the heart is needing to work even harder. Thus, the incidence of more damaging, severe heart attacks in the morning kapha hours.  Perhaps the protective effect of regular exercise would help overall heart health.  Movement helps circulation and doing it in the morning would be even more helpful.  Working with our body's natural rhythm can only promote good health.

Stay healthy & well,

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