Metabolism is a life-sustaining chemical process in which your body converts food into energy. The body uses this energy for various physiological and anatomical functions. These functions include blood circulation, repair of cells, breathing and protein buildup.
A person’s metabolic rate is dependent on several factors such as; body size, age, genetic disposition, gender, activity level, etc.
Factors that can lower your metabolism include; eating poorly, not getting enough sleep, dieting or fasting, being stressed out and having a toxic body.
Some common symptoms of a person with low metabolism include; high body fat, dry skin, fatigue, weakness, constipation slow pulse, and constipation.
Below are 13 ways to increase your body’s metabolism naturally;
1. Cayenne Pepper
Add cayenne pepper to your meals such as your soups and salads. Capsaicin, in pepper, helps to increase body thermogenesis (it is the process the body converts chemical energy to heat energy). This increase in thermogenesis helps to increase body temperature and metabolism. (http://www.jbc.org/content/283/31/21418)
2. Apple Cider Vinegar
Dilute apple cider vinegar in a glass of water and drink. ACV helps to boost the body metabolic rate. Thus, allowing for an increase in calorie burn.
3. Vitamin D
Eat foods rich in vitamin D such as milk, egg, fish oil. Vitamin D helps increase body metabolism and help in fat loss. Vitamin D deficiency can lead to fat gain which would, in turn, reduce your body metabolic rate. (http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/92/6/1446)
4. Fluid Intake
Increase healthy fluid intake. Increasing your water consumption and consumption of other healthy drinks, such as herbal tea, fresh fruit juice, and fresh vegetable juice, can help in the body cleansing and detoxification process as well as in increasing your body metabolism. On the other hand, dehydration can slow down your body metabolism as the body tries to conserve energy.
Take a cup of coffee daily as coffee increases the body’s metabolic rate and blunts your appetite making you eat less.
Add turmeric to your meals or mix turmeric in water and drink. Turmeric helps to boost body metabolism. Also, turmeric contains curcumin which helps in liver cleansing. The liver is one of the biggest organs for detoxification in the body. It is easy for a cleansed body to lose weight.
7. Lemon Juice
Mix fresh lemon juice and honey in a glass of warm water and drink. Warm lemon water helps to increase body metabolism and it also helps to alkalize the body.
Add ginger to your meals or drink ginger tea. Ginger has potent thermogenic properties that help increase body temperature while increasing your metabolic rate.
Ensure you do anaerobic, strength training and aerobic exercise regularly. Exercise increases your body’s metabolic rate. Exercise also helps maintain an elevated level of body energy expenditure when you are not exercising (during the recovery period).
10. Green Tea
Drink green tea regularly. Green tea raises metabolic rate and helps speed up fat burn. Also, green tea is rich in flavonoids and antioxidants that help stimulate an increase in body metabolism. (http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/70/6/1040.full)
11. Oil Pulling
Swish coconut oil or olive oil in your mouth for 10 minutes. Then, spit it out. Do not swallow the oil. Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic practice that detoxifies the body, helps in shedding body fat and increasing metabolism. Oil pulling is affordable and harmless to do.
12. Avoid Stress
Avoid stress. Stress raises the body’s cortisol level which reduces the metabolic process. You could take a power nap or meditate to reduce your stress levels.
Get enough rest and sleep. Lack of sleep lowers the body’s metabolism, increase the tendency to overeat which could lead to weight gain.
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