Are you looking for ways to increase metabolism...?
Have you ever wondered what the "heck" metabolism actually is...?
Let's take some of the mystery out of metabolism first so that when we look at some honest-to-goodness ways to boost metabolism, they'll make some sense...!
Maybe you've heard that "you were born with a slow metabolism and there's nothing you can do to change it."
While genetics do play a part in determining the rate of your metabolism, genetics are not the only factor that affect metabolism.
In fact, the choices that you make regarding your body and health have a considerable impact on the efficiency of your metabolism.
The word "metabolism" derives from the Greek word "metabole" which means "to change." Metabolism changes nutrients into energy and living cells.
Metabolism refers to all of the actions that the body goes through in order to change the nutrients in food and supplements into live cells and energy (cells are the basic building block of the body; tissues, organs, hormones, etc.)
Metabolism is the subject of how the body survives!
A simple measure of how well your metabolism is working is to just take a look at how you feel physically.
If you're jumping around full of energy, you're good! If you need to improve your health and energy levels, your metabolism probably needs a tune-up.
Metabolism occurs within the cells of the body...
So you can see that there's more to metabolism than just some mysterious bodily function that burns fat... Metabolism is a complex set of processes that keeps our bodies alive and we'll look at some very effective ways to increase metabolism.
These health and metabolism basics are:
If any of these factors in your life need some attention and tender loving care, learning about and improving them are the primary ways to increase metabolism.
Unfortunately, there isn't a magic pill or a particular food that will improve your metabolism all by itself.
That would be nice, but metabolism consists of an amazing number of processes. It would be impossible for just "one thing" to truly improve it.
the above factors plays a major role in having a healthy
So the ultimate way to increase your metabolism is to improve the factors above. Here are some specific things that you can do to boost your metabolism.
Metabolism depends on water in the bloodstream to carry nutrients and oxygen to the cells of the body, where they metabolize into energy and build new cells.
Over 80% of the bloodstream is water.
An average of 2 liters, or 8 cups, of water is lost daily through breathing, perspiration, digestion, elimination and other bodily functions and needs to be replenished.
This amount is an average; body size, activity level and nutritional habits all affect how much water each individual needs on a daily basis.
You will find information on the need for water and its role in fat metabolism in the article on the health benefit of water.
Drinking enough water regularly is one of the key ways to increase metabolism!
When you are asleep, your body goes to work repairing, rebuilding and recharging itself (metabolizing!) Getting enough good quality sleep is one of the key ways to increase metabolism.
You could loosely compare this to a car.
If you drove it and drove it and drove it and never did maintenance on it, how well would it run after a while?
Well, running your body constantly without providing it with enough good sleep would have a similar effect - it wouldn't run very well!
Strength training/improvement is one of the ways to increase metabolism.
Strength improvement is any type of exercise that applies resistance to muscles.
Here's how it works in a nutshell.
Energy is continuously being created in the cells of your body when glucose (blood sugar from the breakdown of carbohydrates and fats) and oxygen combine.
This happens in the part of the cell known as the mitochondria. (Ring a bell from high school biology?)
Muscle cells have more mitochondria than fat cells.
When you strengthen your muscles, more mitochondria are created. More mitochondria = more energy production.
That is the same as saying "better metabolism" or better fat burning!
Of course, you don't need a weight machine to do resistance exercise.
Grabbing and using some hand weights or using one of those giant rubber bands (a resistance band) are just a couple of ways to increase your strength.
Water aerobics are excellent because you get cardiovascular exercise in addition to resistance exercise!
And my favorite is mini trampoline exercise, which I recently discovered... you get strength improvement, cardiovascular, flexibility AND balance/coordination improvement by using a mini trampoline... it's easy to get started and stay motivated because it doesn't take much time and it's enjoyable.
Breathe deeply to get more oxygen into your lungs and body.
Metabolism requires oxygen, so deep breathing (relaxed and natural, not forced) is definitely one of the ways to increase metabolism.
Practice taking a deep breath or two often throughout the day; get outside around some plants (they give off oxygen) and you'll really be rolling!
With the levels of stress spiraling to astronomical heights these days, breathing actually suffers by becoming shallow and ineffective.
Breathing deeply (or should I say "normally") counteracts some of the effects of stress on the body, and boosting metabolism is a key benefit of better breathing.
Educating yourself on the nutrition that your body needs (and doesn't need) is rock bottom basic to improving your metabolism.
That is covered in depth on this site.
Metabolism changes the nutrients that you consume into energy and live cells. If you aren't giving your body the nutrients that it needs, say, you live on fast food, your body can't function well.
In other words, there aren't enough "raw materials" to build cells and create enough energy.
For more information on what metabolism is and definitions of such things as basal metabolism, check out the two-part article, "What IS metabolism?"
I hope this information has helped your understanding of metabolism better...
And... you now have some real ways to increase metabolism...
They are tools in your health improvement toolkit!
health begins with good information."