There is a specific relationship between the body, the mind and the environment we live in. Everything is connected. Timing is everything inside the body. Every process inside the body is regulated by an internal clock. All of the bodies systems are trying to coordinate itself to this central clock. Every thing in nature functions in this cyclical way. Bears hibernate at a certain time, birds migrate at certain time, leaves change at a certain time etc. Our bodies are no different, as we are a part of nature. When and how you eat is as important as what you eat. This statement is true for when you sleep, exercise or when it comes to optimum function of the bodies many systems. The mindfulness of the routine you follow everyday and every season of the year, is the greatest helper to achieve a state of well being and prevention on all fronts.
This is termed circadian medicine or chronobiology in modern times. The body has a natural rhythm called the circadian rhythm that operates on a 24 hour cycle. Our digestion, sleep cycle, metabolism, hormone production all follows this clock. Every hour of the day our body is changing its functions. Something that has been scientifically proven in modern times. The importance of circadian science is something that Ayurvedic Medicine/Traditional Chinese Medicine has recognized and refined for over 5000 years. Our modern schedule can profoundly disrupt these rhythms. Many common complaints in modern time is due to this deviation. Jet lag is a common example of this. If your schedule is all over the place, it is a self imposed jet lag. The body looses its compass. Ayurvedic medicine sets up a situation of daily and seasonal routines that works with your physiology and not against it.