Researchers have known for years that WHAT you eat and HOW MUCH you eat can have a profound impact on the health of your brain and body. Now, new research recently published in “The Scientist,” has identified that WHEN you eat is an important factor in maintaining energy balance and good health. It seems that the diurnal rhythms of the earth’s rotation can have a huge impact on human metabolism. Studies have identified the human “circadian clock as a system regulated by the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN), a group of about 20,000 neurons in the brain’s hypothalamus that serves as the conductor of our body’s 24-hour rhythms.” When humans eat “off schedule” with the circadian clock (as can happen with shift workers), negative consequences can result to brain and body. Part 2 tomorrow.