Your metabolism is one of the body’s most important allies when it comes to churning food into energy. Through this process, a healthy metabolism also helps to pump out vital proteins, carbs, lipids, nucleic acids, assists cellular processes, as well as getting rid of unwanted waste from within. If your metabolism declines, so will your health.
There are some things you can do easily enough to help speed up your metabolism. First, let’s get the basics straight.
What is your metabolism, and how does it work?
Metabolism is the way in which your body uses energy, whilst your metabolic rate is the actual speed of the process. Factors such as your weight, how tall you are, how old (or young) you are, and the history of your health, can all impact your metabolic rate.
It takes more calories to preserve your muscles, whereby fat brings the rate of your metabolism down. When you are on a weight-loss journey, you’ll also experience a slower metabolism as your body does not need to burn off as much energy. This is generally where a loss of body fat is replaced by muscle mass.
How to boost your metabolism, aside from exercise?
Exercise is vitally important with speeding up your metabolism; however, is not the only important factor. Clean eating and a healthy lifestyle are just as important. Here are some added benefits for boosting your metabolism naturally.
It is said that drinking water can increase your metabolic rate within a very quick timeframe. Replacing sugary drinks or energy drinks with fresh, clean water is one of the best and easiest ways to pump up your metabolic rate. Try adding a squeeze of lemon to your glass of water first thing in the morning for a boost to your digestive system too. Fruit is also a good source of water and should be included in a healthy diet.
If you are muscle-bound, your body burns more calories simply by just functioning. This is what is referred to as resting metabolism. It is easy enough to incorporate some strength training at home too without the need for any gym equipment; push-ups, squats, sit-ups, bridges, lunges, are just some of the muscle-promoting workouts you could include. Look around your home to see what you can use in your workout, stairs and chairs are good places to start.
Sleep can impact your insulin sensitivity and metabolism, and poor-quality sleep is known to be a promoter of type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and obesity. People who experience low sleep quality may find they have an increase in weight due to a reduction of the production of leptin in their body. This is a hormone which tells the body when it has had enough to eat and lets us know we can stop chowing down.
If you need help getting to sleep, you could try some of the natural treatments for sleep deprivation that we mentioned in a previous blog – click here to read more. A cup of Bondi Beach Tea Co. Snooze Tea might also help you to get that perfect night’s rest.
Stress can impact your digestive system as your body prioritises other areas when it is under stress. The stress hormone cortisol may also rise when you are stressed, and this can raise your insulin levels which will make you hungry, especially for sugary and non-satisfying foods (I’m sure you have heard of comfort eating before?). Ongoing stress can promote bad eating habits.
Finding relaxing exercises to help with your stress levels is very important here; read a good book, spend time with friends and family who make you happy, paint or draw, go for a walk, practice some yoga. Whatever takes your mind off stressful situations.Skip
If you are feeling a little stressed, our Bondi Unwind Tea is full of natural herbs that may help set your mind at ease.
There you have it. Bondi Beach Tea Co.’s easy guide to for activities that may help to speed up your metabolism naturally. It’s much easier than you thought, right? Go natural for the health of your body, and your mind will thank you for it too.
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