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Natural detox in the morning?

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Created July 08, 2012 at 1:16 PM

I have heard that the body has a natural detox mechanism that runs from about 4am to 10am, and that this detox process is disturbed when breakfast is taken before 10am. Is anyone aware of actual research that backs this up? I mean, I'm sure the body is always doing detox as needed, but supposedly this morning time period is especially important. Do you have any personal experience or scientific studies to share?

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438 · November 07, 2012 at 10:14 AM

Really funny you should mention that! Lately, carrots (or sometimes celery, jicama and/or radishes) have been my breakfast/lunch of choice, and I often don't have anything else until after 3pm.

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438 · July 10, 2012 at 8:18 PM

Yah, but plenty of people have breakfast before 10am!

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604 · July 10, 2012 at 1:32 PM

Well I think the majority of people do sleep at night, so the advice could be based on that.

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438 · July 10, 2012 at 7:08 AM

I believe this was in the GAPS book

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11048 · July 08, 2012 at 9:11 PM

This sounds like nonsense and assumes that EVERYONE is on the exact same "schedule."

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41460 · July 08, 2012 at 8:39 PM

There are definitely some benefits to fasting and cutting that fasting window short doesn't do you any favors.

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4413 · July 08, 2012 at 5:36 PM

Where did you hear this? I have not heard this before.

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24538 · August 20, 2012 at 2:42 AM

I heard another take on this recently, that actually encouraged eating pretty close to waking when bile production/digestive juices/liver function i.e. detoxing is at its peak so as to mobilize those juices and keep the pancreas working well. The theory being, fasting until the end of that window of peak function could potentially increase the risk for gallstones.

Both suggestions seem kinda woo woo me, certain traditional and/or new agey approaches to food and eating like to put things like "detoxing" and peak function of certain organs on an arbitrary 24 clock, where eat organ has its moment to shine and the others rest. Personally, I'm guessing that all of our organs can function and repair themselves well simultaneously.

There is certainly good science to back up respect for circadian rhythms, and you probably don't want to stay up all night stuffing your face, but I've yet to find a good reason to not eat breakfast when you are hungry for it, and on the flip side, forcing yourself to eat breakfast if you aren't hungry. Nor have I found anything to back up the assertions that individual organs require a specific hour of the day to rest and regenerate.

Somewhat related to this, personally, I will sometimes get 1-2 hunger pangs immediately upon rising, and then after actually being awake for 15-20 minutes I'm not hungry at all, and don't even think about food again for 2-3 hours. Having a bit of extra fat to burn, it is my suspicion that I've managed to just stay in that overnight body fat burning mode for a few more hours, and have eaten breakfast from my adipose tissue rather than the fridge. I think that initial pang is just an inquiry as to what's on the menu.

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0 · September 07, 2013 at 12:44 AM

My understanding was always the 12hr detox window : 12hrs from your last meal before sleeping, and your next meal at breakfast being an ideal 'sleeptime' fasting window. I dont remember where i heard this, possibly Robb Wolffs podcast, so excuse my lack of solid reference.... Ive tried it, feels good to me nd kind of makes sense...

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0 · October 01, 2012 at 2:31 AM

I believe a carrot a day is the most effective and cheapest detox.

http://www.thenutritioncoach.com.au/anti-ageing/a-carrot-a-day/

This is great first thing in the morning to help with the detox process

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438 · November 07, 2012 at 10:14 AM

Really funny you should mention that! Lately, carrots (or sometimes celery, jicama and/or radishes) have been my breakfast/lunch of choice, and I often don't have anything else until after 3pm.

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372 · July 08, 2012 at 5:21 PM

Where did you hear this? It is new to me and sounds kind of whacky.

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604 · July 08, 2012 at 3:12 PM

I don't have any pertinent information, but am interested in this thread.

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