Autoimmune, Circadian Clock, and Melatonin. Or...Why I Wear Shades at Night!
I am so glad I ran into you today!
The talk we had about sunglasses and the importance of sunshine in our lives, got me thinking about circadian rhythms…
yeah, I know, I’m hit at parties…
But I was hoping to see you again so I could fill in a few holes about sunshine and its impact on our lives.
So, just to recap…
The primary clock, in our body, is called the circadian clock. It gets its data from the amount of sunlight our eyes receive. Studies have shown that circadian disruption can significantly influence immune function negatively.
If you are an autoimmune, read that again
The circadian clock runs what scientists call the suprachiasmatic nucleus (why can’t they just call it Fred!? Am I right!?)
Fred (the suprachiasmatic nucleus) controls EVERY growth and metabolic program in our bodies. Now, keep in mind that we have over 25,000 genes and in each and every one we can find a peripheral circadian clock, which receives its data from the main clock in our eye.
So if that clock isn’t receiving the proper data, havoc ensues…
So why should our eyes bug out knowing that?
Well, you see, (pun!) Fred also controls how electrons from our food get handled in our bodies. So if Fred is not in sync, because it is not receiving the data it needs, then the food we eat, no matter how clean and nutritious, won’t be utilized properly!
Which gives those of us, who eat clean but don’t see improvement with our health, a scientific explanation for this phenomenon.
There have been some studies in mice, (here and here), that have shown that circadian disruption can have a negative impact on the bacteria in our gut and therefore our ability to lose weight! And since over 70% of our immune system comes from our digestive tract, this is a very important discovery that should merit further testing!
Is it starting to dawn (pun!) on you how important sunshine truly is! As an autoimmuner, I’m sure you understand how inflammation is one of the main contributors to our disorder? And that the definition of inflammation boils down to too many protons and not enough electrons?
Well…When our 25,000 peripheral clocks are out of sync with the main clock, due to insufficient data, it causes chaos in the body. In other words, free radicals (and just a reminder, free radicals means too many protons…).
Do you remember what I always say? “Health begins and ends at the cellular level.” Well, more specifically it begins and ends at the redox potential of your mitochondria.
If this is true, (and trust me it is), then we need to ask ourselves what too many protons mean to our mitochondria.
To answer that question we will have to get our geek on, but nothing too confusing, I promise! :)
In our cells, we have something called the Exclusion Zone (EZ for short). This zone is where the cells make the energy we use, called ATP. The larger the EZ, the faster the ATP can spin (kinda, but not really, like fidget spinners) the faster the ATP spins, the healthier we are.
So what makes the EZ? Predominantly water and the red light frequencies we should be receiving from sunshine.
Let me say that a different way: ATP runs off of red light!
Or how about this: Infrared light (IR) frequencies increase the electron train transport!
Protons reduce the EZ!!!!!!
What else reduces our EZ? I’m probably going to get a little resistance with this one but…
No, I’m not talking about the blue light that sits atop police cars (even though I highly recommend avoiding those as well). I’m talking about the blue light that is emitted from ALL our tech devices, and from fluorescent and LED lighting.
On a side note here…
Blue light also raises blood glucose levels and causes insulin resistance, so if you have diabetes and work/live under blue lighting and work in front of a computer all day, this is something you seriously need to reevaluate! There is some pretty compelling evidence emerging showing it is actually a lack of UV/IR light that causes diabetes and not just carbs!
Blue light also destroys the melatonin cycle!
UV light makes melatonin!
I know, right!? It seems a bit strange that we need sunshine to help us sleep. But there you have it. Something else in God’s design I find fascinating!
We’ll catch back up with melatonin in a sec., but first, we need to talk, just a bit, about the role water plays in forming the EZ…
When water forms the EZ, it acts as a semiconductor. Now, keep in mind that when a semiconductor is cooled the electric current gets stronger.
Our mitochondria emit heat, by releasing IR, to expand the EZ, this cools the water around it. When this process takes place it brings our respiratory proteins (oxygen transfer in cells) closer together - this is a good thing…
The closer together the respiratory proteins are, the healthier we are.
To state all that a bit more clearly…
You need to receive IR, from the sun, so your mitochondria can use it to expand the EZ, bringing the respiratory proteins closer together.
So how is melatonin tied into all this?
Melatonin isn’t just about a good night’s sleep; it also plays a role in preventing oxidative stress!
Blue light destroys the melatonin cycle; melatonin controls the distance between the respiratory proteins in the mitochondria, UV light makes melatonin…
READ THAT AGAIN!
Did the light bulb (pun!) just go on in your head!? It’s crazy fascinating how all these things tie together!
So it is crucial to your health to get outside during the day and soak in some sun AND to avoid blue light exposure at night. When I have to turn lights on at night, I wear blue blocker glasses to prevent the damaging rays from entering my eyes. It still enters through my skin, but I am doing what I can…
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