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Happy Healthy Metabolisms !!

Happy Healthy Metabolisms !!

Hi Folks,

Just the other day, had to work extra long so did my outdoor exercise in the evening. Have to admit it Was cooler too  😉

Afterward, enjoying some mango with yogurt and blueberry topping got to thinking of a chat my buddies and I had recently.

It was about how it seems to be popular to use artificial stimulants to boost the metabolism for burning fat.

Anyway, my friends and I challenged each other to think of natural alternatives that were safe as well as easy to use.

Here’s our ideas….Please share yours !

Protein

Protein sources

Protein sources

Everyone of you know how important protein is. Protein provides the body with the necessary building blocks, used for building muscle tissue. It also plays a role as an antioxidant and boosts your immune system. But the interesting fact is that protein has a powerful thermic effect on the body. It needs a lot of energy to be digested and this makes it a great metabolism booster. Protein intake coupled with moderate fiber intake will help you lose weight in the long run. Good sources of protein include: Meats, fish, eggs, nuts, almonds, beans, along with moderate dairy including the type called whey.

High Fiber Foods

High-fiber foods

High-fiber foods

Fiber is a nutrient that cannot be digested. It only passes trough our body and in its way changes the nature of contents of the gastrointestinal tract, and the way other nutrients and chemicals are absorbed. Fiber is crucial for our health and well-being. Good sources of fiber include non starchy fruits, vegetables and some grains. Without particular order here are a few high fiber foods that have the role of metabolism boosters.

– Leafy vegetables – spinach and kale
– Cauliflower and broccoli
– Peppers
– Berries,blueberries
– Apples
– Oranges
– Grapefruit
– Cabbage
– Oats (plain, not flavored)
– Nuts, Almonds, Pumpkin seeds  etc.

Grapefruit, Oranges, and Kiwi

No, NOT this kind !!

No, NOT this kind !!

Vitamin C

Vitamin C

Research had shown that participants that included ½ a grapefruit to each meal lost weight without changing anything else about their lifestyle or diet. Oranges have a similar effect. Both of these fruits have high content of fiber and vitamin C, which has metabolism boosting properties.

Green Tea

Green Tea

Green Tea

Green tea is rich in catechin polyphenols, particularly epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). Research have shown that polyphenols have antioxidant like characteristics with potential health benefits. It is this compound that is believed to be the main ingredient that helps boost your metabolism and aid in fat loss. Additionally, green tea contains caffeine – a powerful stimulant that speeds up the heart and boosts metabolism.

Caffeine 

Coffee for Health

Coffee for Health

One of the main reasons we drink coffee in the morning is to wake us up. Caffeine found in coffee has drug-like effects on the body – it speeds up the heart, which in turn increases blood flow and energy expenditure. Caffeine can be effectively used to speed up metabolism, but too much of it can cause arrhythmia and anxiety. Remember though….drink it black for the most health benefits. Adding sugar, and other artificial junk will rob you of the natural benefits AND the rich natural flavor too !!

Capsaicin 

Healthy Peppers

Healthy Peppers

Capsaicin is a phytochemical found in hot peppers like cayenne peppers, chili, and jalapeno. It’s actually the chemical responsible for the hot and burning sensation you feel when you eat the peppers. Besides the numerous health benefits such as: anti inflammatory, pain reducer and “bad” cholesterol reducer, it is also a potent metabolism booster. It  increased the metabolic activity up to 30 minutes after you consume it.

Cinnamon

Cinnamon

Cinnamon

It helps weight loss in two different ways. One way is by controlling and lowering the blood sugar levels. Cinnamon also has a thermic effect on the body. In order digest it, the body creates a powerful chemical reaction that increases the body’s temperature and the metabolism. When the metabolism speeds up, you are burning more calories and lose weight faster.

 

Saved the best for last  Water

 

That’s right – plain water. Almost 2/3rds of our body weight is “water weight”. Being adequately hydrated ensures that you have an optimal metabolic rate. Water is one of the most underestimated of metabolism boosters. Drinking water helps you metabolize fat and flush toxins out of your body. The colder the water more energy the body uses to warm it to normal body temperature and digest it.

Here’s to a Boundrylessly Healthy Metabolism !!

Healthy Metabolism is a Happy Lifestyle

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