Tips on Boosting Your Metabolism
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Can you REALLY boost your metabolism? I’m about to give you some awesome tips on boosting your metabolism.
When your metabolism is working properly it not only prevents unwanted weight gain, it is also critical for many other bodily functions related to maintaining general health. Our metabolism is the process of the body turning calories we consume into usable energy, our body depends on getting enough of them to keep us functioning in all aspects of life.
Your metabolism is beneficial for immune function, it lower risks of infections and certain diseases, fertility and a healthy sex drive, lean muscle mass, having more energy, brain functionality, longevity, and much more. So it seriously has a LOT more to do with your body than just your weight.
How do you know if you need a boost in your metabolism?
Do any of these signs or symptoms sound familiar?
- ongoing fatigue
- cold body temperature, frequently feeling cold
- thinning hair on your head
- cracked, dry, skin
- low libido
- irregular periods
- slow-growing, brittle fingernails
- trouble sleeping through the night
- constipation and slow-moving bowels
- bloating after eating
- mood disorders like anxiety and depression
- frequently urinating
- struggling to lose weight
- excessive thirst and dry mouth
- trouble concentrating or brain fog
- allergies and hypersensitivities
- low energy levels
- low motivation for physical activity
- getting sick more often
When we talk metabolism, we often talk about diet. I believe diet is the biggest factor in boosting your metabolism.
When I say diet, I do NOT mean counting calories. For some, that leads to a negative impact on the metabolism. I’m talking QUALITY over QUANTITY when I say diet. What kind of foods are you eating and are they slowing down your metabolism? STOP DIETING and give your body the nutrients it needs to function properly.
Avoid inflammatory foods, they slow down digestive processes. Inflammatory foods are the death of your metabolism. The body recognizes processed and inflammatory foods as toxins, and therefore eating these triggers your system’s fight-or-flight response, which increases stress hormone production and slows down metabolic functioning.
I recommend avoiding the following foods as much as possible:
- sugary drinks (including soda and juices)
- processed foods made with grains, especially the kind that contain gluten (including wheat products like bread, pasta, cereal, crackers, muffins, desserts, flours, chips and granola bars)
- refined vegetable oils
- artificial sweeteners and ingredients
- low-quality dairy and animal products (the kind that are not grass-fed, pasture-raised, raw and organic)
Instead, add a few metabolism boosting foods like proteins, green tea, chia seeds, and chili peppers, they help the body use and expend energy better.
Be sure to get enough rest also. to have a properly functioning metabolism you need to have adequate sleep and rest — lack of sleep can mean lack of weight loss. Make it a priority to get seven to nine hours of sleep every night in order to keep hormone levels in check, including cortisol, which leads the body to store more fat. High cortisol levels associated with a lack of sleep are tied to poor mental functioning, weight gain and becoming more resistant to insulin that controls blood sugar.
When you treat your body well with the above tips, it will work like it is supposed to and you will notice you have more energy, feel less brain fog and lethargic and as an added side effect, you may even see some weight loss. Take care of your body and it will take care of you.
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