Your metabolism performs a very important and essential process in your body. If your metabolism isn’t working properly, you won’t really be able to lose any weight. You might even find yourself gaining weight without eating more or exercising less. Your metabolism also goes hand in hand with your liver to flush out all the toxins and carcinogens that your body has consumed. If you feel like your metabolism has slowed down, then it may be time to change up a few things in your life. Here are a few things you can do to speed up your metabolism:
Put Some More Color in Your Diet
The biggest thing that could be affecting your diet and slowing down your metabolism is your diet. A slow metabolism means that you may not be getting enough colorful veggies in your diet. A good indication of veggies rich in antioxidants and other nutrients that are good for your body is when they have vibrant colors. Veggies in this category include leafy greens like kale, romaine, arugula, spinach, broccoli, brussel sprouts, carrots, and sweet potatoes, just to name a few. But there are definitely tons of vegetables that can help your metabolism along. Colorful fruits are also essential for your digestive health. Eat some more fiber and antioxidant rich fruits like apples, grapefruit, oranges, and bananas, just to name a few.
Eat Some Fat
Eat some healthy fats, that is. How do you differentiate which are healthy fats and which are fats that aren’t good for you? Healthy fats are the ones that you burn as energy and they don’t really get “stored” in your body for very long and are very easily digested and burned. Healthy fats are also essential for your brain function, liver, and digestion. Some great sources for healthy fats are almonds, avocados, coconuts, and fatty fish like wild salmon.
Move Your Body
Another reason why your metabolism might be a little sluggish is because you may not get enough exercise in your life. Exercise, moving your body, sweating, and getting your heart rate up is one of the most important things you can do not only to keep your metabolism moving, but to also keep your whole body fit and healthy. Even if you’re busy, make sure you find the time to regularly exercise. As much as possible, go for high intensity interval training or HIIT, as this best proven way to speed up your metabolism. However, if there are some conditions preventing you from doing anything too intense, just go for low impact exercises that will still get your heart rate up and burn off some of those calories.
Yoga already technically counts in the previous category as far as increasing exercise, and that alone will help out with your metabolism. However, yoga also has some poses that can help out your metabolism specifically. Poses like supine twisting, matsyasana twist, child’s pose, wind-relieving pose, and crescent twist can help out with your metabolic process. These specific poses will gently massage your tummy, promote healthy blood flow, and deep breathing which will speed up the passage of waste in your digestive tract.
It’s already been established that eating more fruits and veggies will help your metabolism along and a great way to incorporate more colorful fruits and veggies into your diet is to blend them all up into one healthy, antioxidant powerhouse, green juice. There are lots of really healthy and yummy green juice recipes out there that will be a surefire way of getting all the nutrients and vitamins from all the different types of veggies and fruits in one sitting.
Another magic, metabolic concoction is tea. Simple tea is a powerhouse of antioxidants that will help your digestive system along effectively and immediately. Particular teas that are amazing for your metabolism are green tea, chamomile tea, dandelion tea, oolong tea, licorice tea, and yerba mate tea, just to name a few, but there are tons of other teas that will be good not only for your tummy but also for your overall health. Find yourself a blend of these powerful antioxidant and detoxifying teas and drink a cup every day to move your metabolism along. You’ll definitely feel the effects immediately.
Avoid Sugar and Trans Fat
It’s common knowledge that too much sugar and trans fat is bad for your health. The liver already uses a type of sugar called “fructose” to produce fats that are necessary for your digestive health. However, too much sugar can cause a fat buildup which will cause your liver to have a hard time doing its job of producing bile which is an essential acid that will digest your food. Healthy fats were mentioned earlier, but one of the most unhealthy fats that you should definitely stay away from are trans fats. These fats linger inside your body and don’t get burned as efficiently and quickly as the healthy fats you consume. Just like sugar, this can cause a buildup of fat in your liver which will slow your metabolism down and maybe even cause liver failure. Make sure that you avoid too much sugar and trans fat in your diet to take care of your metabolism and liver.
Get Some Good Bacteria in You
Good bacteria or probiotics are necessary for your digestive system. Your intestines contain billions of different types of bacteria. Don’t be scared, though, they are necessary to keep a healthy balance in your digestive system. However, imbalances do sometimes occur which can slow your metabolism. You can counteract this by consuming more probiotics or “good” bacteria to help you regain that balance again. Probiotic rich foods include: yogurt, sauerkraut, kimchi, soft cheeses, and sourdough bread.
If you are one of those people that never gets enough sleep, then it may be time to start changing that. Sleep is an essential process that will keep all your organs functioning properly, including your GI tract, and if you don’t get enough rest, it can lead to far worse complications like inflammation, anemia, hypertension, and heart disease. Get at least 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep to make sure your mind, organs, and whole body are well-rested.
Speed It Up!
Before you can achieve the body goals that you want, you’ve got to make sure that your metabolism gets the message, too. If you find that you have trouble losing weight or notice that you have trouble going to the bathroom, then it may be time to speed up a metabolism that’s been lagging behind.