Metabolism is the process by which your body converts calories into energy that keeps you going. Once you hit 25, your metabolism starts to slow, and when you get 40 it dramatically decreases. When you have metabolism issues you gain weight easily, you have thyroid problems, you feel tired and cold all the time, have thinning hair, dry skin, and even brain fog.
A strong metabolism means not only a fit body but also a healthy immune system and a healthier, longer life.
You can boost your metabolism completely naturally and for free just by changing a couple of things in your lifestyle.
Make these changes a part of your daily routine and take control of your metabolism. Let’s dive in!
Eat a proper breakfast every single day – a healthy mix of fats and protein, like egg omelet and avocado. It jump-starts your metabolism and keeps your energy high all day.
Eat at regular times throughout the day. It keeps your metabolism steady.
Eat more protein (it keeps you fuller longer and your body takes longer to digest proteins) and avoid fried foods, white flour, and sugar. Replace them with vegetables, fresh fruits, bone broth, organic meat, berries, nuts, and seeds. Aim for 3 servings each of fruits and vegetables a day.
Exercise and build more muscle. It weighs more than fat and it burns more energy too. Try High-Intensity Interval Training – it has greater fat-burning benefits. Stand up and move more. Take short breaks from time to time and walk around, take the stairs, or grab a coffee or a snack.
Improve your sleep. It is essential for keeping everything in your body balanced and running smoothly. Try to go to bed an hour earlier. Take a warm bath 2-3 times a week. Add a cup of Epsom salt (it’s loaded with Magnesium) and 20-30 drops of lavender oil. It will help you wind down and get a better night’s sleep.
Drink more water to keep your systems running smoothly. It increases your metabolism and helps fill you up before meals. Also, you will get clearer skin and more energy.
Eat spicy food. If you can tolerate it, try to increase your intake of peppers. They contain capsaicin, a chemical compound that can stimulate thermogenesis and fire up your metabolism. Add it to pasta, pizza, and salads. Combined with other metabolism-boosting strategies, it may be quite effective.
Take Omega-3s; eat more tuna and salmon, or take some supplements. These healthy fats will make you feel fuller sooner, help to fight inflammation in your body, and can lower the stress hormone. You should aim for 3 servings per week.
Try essential oils – grapefruit oil – 1-2 drops a day added to your water. Ginger oil is also fantastic for your metabolism.
Try to be consistent with your sleeping, eating, and exercising schedule and avoid drastic diets. Be gentle to yourself, your mind, and your body, and feed it with positive energy. Follow these tips, tune into your body, choose what feels best, and you will improve your health and become a little happier.
What do you do to keep your metabolism working properly? What would you add to my list? Let me know in the comments below.
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