So much has been written about the impact of our metabolism or our ability to utilize energy efficiently in all cells of the body and its impact not only on overall health and longevity but how we feel on a daily basis. Did you know there is actually a metabolism boosting lifestyle? Unfortunately, like so many things in today's world rather than making things simpler, we tend to make things more complicated.
All you need to do is to look at the supplement market and even drugs and you'll see there's a new one for this a new one for that and too many people are all over the map on this. We're starting to see more and more people getting into trouble because of this which we'll talk about in a future article.
So today, what I'd like to do is just take a look at some of the simple things you and I can do everyday to boost our metabolism, and at the same time our energy levels as well as neurologic and brain health.
Note we're not giving medical advice here. Please keep in mind if you don't feel well, oftentimes there may be underlying disease processes not limited to thyroid,diabetes and more. In this article I'm highlighting some of the most important findings regarding our habits and daily lifestyle that are research based. Before making any significant changes to your diet or exercise program establishing a baseline health and metabolic profile with a comprehensive physical examination performed by a physician with the most appropriate laboratory tests is essential.
Regular exercise: It's important to realize that both aerobic exercise (walking, running, cycling, swimming, etc.) and strength training both have significant benefits throughout our lives. High-intensity interval training (HIIT) when it can safely be performed is particularly effective at boosting metabolism. Muscle burns more calories than fat at rest, contributing to increased metabolism.
What about our diet? I have written about this extensively, and you will find our general recommendations here but the summary today is important to review.
Carbohydrate control is so crucial. Stay away from the most obvious things like soda, juice to excess and refined grain breads et cetera. Include lean proteins (fish, beans, tofu) in your diet. Plant based protein containing foods such as soy, broccoli, beans of all types, nuts, et cetera have numerous other health benefits such as antioxidants and healthy fats that should not be overlooked. How does protein help? Protein requires a lot of energy to digest, so it helps speed up your metabolism. Pure keto emphasizing animal-based products only should never be done without close supervision. Foods with high fiber content (whole grains, fruits, and vegetables) may increase the thermic effect of foods and support metabolism. Certain spices, such as chili peppers, contain capsaicin, which temporarily boosts your metabolism. Green tea, which contains antioxidants and catechins that stimulate metabolism. And most of us already know the positive effects that controled coffee intake (without added crap) can have on how we feel throughout the day. Unless you are doing deliberate fast, don't skip meals as this can slow down your metabolism. We are far better off to eat smaller, more balanced meals throughout the day. Stay hydrated: Drink plenty of water, as dehydration can slow down your metabolism. Get enough sleep: Lack of sleep can disrupt hormones related to appetite and metabolism. Aim for 7 to 9 hours of quality sleep each night. Adopting the above habits goes a long way towards helping us sleep far better than we would otherwise. Manage Stress as a priority: Chronic stress can cause hormonal imbalances and affect metabolism. Practice stress-reducing activities like meditation and yoga. Again we are a huge fan of simple, at home and free activities Stay physically active throughout the day: Take short breaks during exercise and avoid sitting for long periods of time. Obviously much easier in certain climates at certain times a year, cold exposure can activate brown fat, which burns calories and produces heat. Remember that everyone responds differently to lifestyle changes, and it's important to adopt habits that benefit your body and health goals along with a personal physician and other health care professionals to help guide and support you. ~ We Are Here for You
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