We’re really still just cave men and women. Although technology seems to evolve at light speed, your physiology is still running on a very ancient operating system. If you don’t adapt yourself properly to our modern condition, your cave person physiology will easily become infertile.
More specifically, I’m talking about the phenomenon that T.S. Wiley calls “perpetual summer”.
Our life has been forever altered same since the invention of the electric light bulb. We have overcome the tyranny of sunrise and sunset. Our work day is no longer constrained by these natural limits. We’ve become a hyper-productive culture.
We’re able to do our workouts at the gym at 5am under fluorescent light bulbs. Then, if we like, we can work a 10 or 12 hour day under artificial lighting. We then return home, where our evening recreation is full of “screen time” – televisions, laptops, phones, and tablets keep us all lit up and stimulated.
This is what T.S. Wiley is referring to as “perpetual summer”, in her book “Lights Out”. In a state of nature, we get a lot more daylight hours in the summer, and a lot less in the winter. The long days of summer, and the long nights of winter created the cave person hormonal rhythm we still respond to now.
In natural summer conditions, there’s a primary message driving our physiology – ‘Prepare for winter!’. All the natural carbs and sugars are mostly available to us in summer. Fruits and berries, and other harvestable grains are readily available. This is exactly what we need – a way to build up stores of fat to keep us going during the lean months of winter.
Insulin, and the whole range of hormones that govern your sleep, sugar metabolism, and reproductive rhythms are having a party all summer long. That’s how it’s supposed to be. But now when winter comes – but the lights don’t go out – and carbs and sugar are always available – your body thinks it’s still summer all year long.
Messing with this primal rhythm can very quickly turn you infertile. In “perpetual summer”, your body is actually experiencing “perpetual stress”. And a stressed body sends nature the message, “Red alert! We’re stressed, and so we better not bring a baby into these dangerous conditions!”
I’ve translated this into plain English. The actual language that your body speaks is a complex rhythm of hormonal signals that get all out of proportion during perpetual summer.
Tips for reversing “perpetual summer”, and staying fertile:
- Eat more seasonally. Fresh fruits and healthy carbs more in the summer, and more animal fats and proteins in the winter.
- Set up your bedroom as a ‘sleep sanctuary’. Pretend you’ve gone back to your cave. Use low lighting, and NO screen time in bed. (Besides, that’s prime cuddling time!).
- Maximize your sleep, particularly in winter. As T.S. Wiley says, “Sleep every night as long as you can without getting fired or divorced.”
This topic is further expanded in Step 6 of The 8 Steps to Natural Fertility Your Doctor Doesn’t Know About.
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