8 Natural Ways to Wake Up Your Metabolism
- Created: 25 February 2019 25 February 2019
Your body is innately clever at keeping you functioning at your very best. If weight-loss and a functioning metabolism is a key goal in your health plan, we know just the tricks you need to get your body to work harder for you.
Turn Up The Heat
Ever heard of capsaicin? This compound will become your new best friend in your quest to boost your metabolism. Research has found that this compound can increase the number of calories you burn with daily consumption and significantly improve weight loss over a 1-2-year time period.
Capsaicin can be found in spicy peppers such as red, green and tabasco peppers. Not a fan of spicy food? No worries! You can also reap the benefits of this amazing compound by consuming bell peppers, cherry peppers, and paprika.
Other foods that naturally increase your metabolism are ginger, healthy fats such as coconut oil, pure and unprocessed cacao as well as organic protein.
Have Your Hormones Checked
There is a type of estrogen called estradiol, accountable for regulating metabolism and a lack of this hormone can cause the body to process sugar and fats differently. A simple blood test conducted by your health care practitioner can shine some light on your natural hormone levels.
Estrogen naturally declines in women going through menopause, so if you are at this stage of your life, don't despair. There are many natural ways to combat its effects and boost your metabolism.
Get Things Moving
Exercise is essential for cardiovascular health, stress and weight management, but it is also very beneficial for promoting healthy metabolism. Any exercise is better than none, but if you're really serious about shaking up the rate at which your metabolism works - try HIIT training.
High-intensity interval training involves performing at 80% of your ability during short intervals and alternating with active rest. Repetition of these intervals creates a massive boost in your metabolism that lasts long after your workout. And in total, including warm up and cool down, this workout takes just 30 minutes as you only need 5 rounds to achieve great results!
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Fast For Lasting Results
Intermittent fasting has proven to boost immune function and promote longevity, so we want to shine a light on the power of this lifestyle change that can well and truly wake up your metabolism. If the sound of fasting terrifies you, fear not! You can achieve results simply by practicing a 12 hour fast every day. So, if you have dinner at 7pm, hold off breakfast until 7 am. It's that easy.
Instead, wake up and have a cup of green tea to keep you going until breakfast.
Fasting has positive effects on hormonal processes, many of which are responsible for weight loss, and regulating your eating patterns indirectly influences calorie intake. More often than not, you consume fewer calories than you would if you didn't fast.
Address The Stress
When we are stressed, our body releases high amounts of cortisol (our stress hormone) which in turn elevates blood glucose levels. On a non-physical level, when we are stressed, we can sometimes turn to food for comfort.
A little chocolate to soothe a broken heart every now and then is ok, but it becomes an issue for our health, metabolism, and weight when our eating patterns go through erratic changes due to high-stress levels.
Try meditation or go for a walk amongst nature next time you experience elevated stress levels. Get Sufficient Shut-Eye
A lack of shut-eye has a direct effect on certain hormones that perform metabolic processes in our bodies. Sleeping less than seven hours a day can increase the hormone ghrelin which stimulates appetite and decreases insulin, the hormone responsible for regulating sugar levels.
Prioritise sleep. It is the chance your body gets every night to repair and recover from the day before.
A Cup Of Tea A Day
One of the easiest ways to increase your metabolism before you've wiped away the sleep in your eyes is in your daily cuppa. Coffee and tea are both powerful metabolism boosters and also very tasty. This is one tip that won't take much getting used to.
Coffee boosts the rate at which your body burns fat and also decreases general appetite for food, and teas are naturally rich in flavonoids which assist in the breaking down of fats. Your morning cuppa is your key to boosting your metabolism.
The Natural Approach
If you're thinking it is time to take matters into your hand and purchase a metabolism booster, natural is always best. The market is saturated with many products that contain fillers, additives and disturbing amounts of caffeine.
We share our favourite with you.
- B group vitamins. Directly responsible for converting your food into energy, these vitamins will help boost your metabolism and vitality at the same time.
- Green tea extract. Not a fan of the drink itself but want to reap the benefits? You can purchase green tea extract capsules and stick to drinking your favourite morning beverage instead!
- Berberine. Remember what spoke about before regarding sleep and hormones? Berberine assists in regulating hormones such as insulin and leptin. It isn't a substitute for a good night's sleep but a great help while you’re working on building a healthy sleep routine.
- Folic Acid. Commonly known as the vitamin that prevents neural tube defects in pregnant women, a deficiency in folate may be hindering your body’s natural state of homeostasis during all stages of life. A deficiency in folate has been linked to anemia, fatigue, inability to concentrate and decreases the ability to repair and multiply cells. When folate levels are low, it interrupts the body’s state of balance (homeostasis) and can affect other vitamin levels such as B12 and B6. It is responsible for many processes and functions. We encourage a trip to visit your health care practitioner to discover more about your natural vitamin levels.
Are you struggling with a suspected sluggish metabolism? Tell us about your experience, and if you have extra tips we haven't touched on we above, we encourage you to share them.