Circadian Rhythm Disorder: This Diet Can Be Detrimental


A woman with a Circadian Rhythm DisorderIt is no mystery that our diets play a significant role in our overall health. The saying, “You are what you eat” is not far off from the truth. In fact, it is almost spot on. Eating an improper diet will affect your body in so many different ways and eating a diet high in fat is just one of these examples of improper diets. A recent research study has found out a bit more on how a fatty diet affects our bodies overall. The study even goes into showing you how a fatty diet can result in a circadian rhythm disorder within your body.

New US research in mice has found that a fatty diet has a negative impact on metabolism and original circadian rhythm which is commonly known as the internal biological clock that regulates metabolic functions.

Circadian Rhythm Disorder Research

According to the National Institutes of Health, our circadian rhythms are driven by our biological clocks and they are physical, mental and behavioral changes that follow a roughly 24-hour cycle, responding primarily to light and darkness in an organism’s environment. They are found in most living things, including animals, plants and many tiny microbes. Jet lag is something we all are familiar with and it occurs when travelers suffer from disrupted circadian rhythms.

The mouse study was led by University of California, Irvine’s Paolo Sassone-Corsi, the Donald Bren Professor of Biological Chemistry and it was conducted on wild-type rodents. The mice involved in the study were divided into two distinct groups: those fed a diet of “normal” diet consisting of regular, unadulterated rodent food and those fed a “high-fat” diet, representative of a traditional high-fat human diet.

Dr. Sassone-Corsi and his colleagues then examined the liver tissue of the rodents, which allowed them to determine the high fat diet on their circadian rhythms and they found that a high-fat diet blocked normal circadian oscillation within the liver clock and created new rhythms altogether. Specifically when mice were fed a high-fat diet over a short period of time, an entirely different set of clock regulator genes were switched on, causing the liver biological clock to be reprogrammed and leading to a major shift away from the mice’s original circadian rhythm.

The study findings suggest that disruption of circadian rhythms can contribute to metabolic distress and diseases including diabetes, obesity and high blood pressure. The good news is that the UC Irvine researchers have determined that returning to a balanced controlled lower-fat diet will allow the mice to return to their normal circadian rhythm or original biological clock. In other words, the effects of the diet on the body’s biological clock are reversible.

The Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome Diet and Circadian Rhythm Disorder

It’s proven that high unhealthy fat diets cause cardiovascular diseases. This study shows how it affects circadian rhythms and further proves the effect it has on your heart. If you suffer with Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome it’s a good idea to consult a nutritionist and put yourself on a well-balanced diet. You should limit your bad fat intake. Good fat are necessary as building blocks of adrenal hormones and should be encouraged if the body can tolerate. Proteins such as turkey are a much better option since it helps regulate blood sugar levels. Many people who suffer from AFS suffer from reactive hypoglycemia so regulating your blood sugar levels is extremely important. Also, if you are looking for another good protein source that is a great snack raw and organic nuts are great for AFS sufferers. However, avoid added salts. If you have an other diet concerns you should talk to a licensed professional.

Understanding The NeuroEndoMetabolic Stress Response and Your Diet

High fats foods can lead to circadian rhythm disorderWhat you put into your body has vast effects on your health. This study shows just that. The NeuroEndoMetabolic Stress ResponseSM model shows how your metabolic functions can have a huge impact on your overall. In an already weakened state a diet of high fat can be deadly. Metabolic stress will result in high blood pressure, diabetes, hypoglycemia and many other complications. It’s really important to have a well balanced diet and try to keep it organic, as well.

If this study showed us anything at all, it showed us that fatty diets will affect your heart rate and rhythms. It is so important to eat well especially if you are ill or suffer from Adrenal Fatigue syndrome. Our diets are crucial to prevent illness, provide the right amount of energy and to keep us living healthy lifestyles. Don’t take your health for granted. Start by limiting your fat intake. Talk to a nutritionist if you feel the need to specialize your diet even farther than that.

Another Note on Circadian Rhythm Disorder

Another conclusion reached by the UC Irvine is that reprogramming of the mice’s circadian rhythms takes place independent of their state of obesity and that it is solely dependent upon caloric intake.

Source: The mouse study was titled “Reprogramming of the Circadian Clock by Nutritional Challenge” and was published in the journal Cell.

A woman with a Circadian Rhythm Disorder