Metabolism is a series of chemical reaction that happens in the body of living beings. This happens to aid in growth, reproduction and to survive. Anabolism and catabolism together is known as metabolism.
Basic needs of a healthy metabolism are consuming plenty of water (for hydration), balanced and healthy diet (nutrition) and physical activity. If any of these factors are inadequate, the metabolism is not completed and the body will have to sustain negative effects. Below are simple tips to guide you towards healthy metabolism.
• Eating spicy food speeds the metabolism rate, whenever we eat spicy food we start to sweat and feel a little hot which is a result of fast metabolism.
• Breakfast is essential to carry out your routine. This will support your energy need in the morning which is usually high for all. Skipping breakfast is not an answer to reduce weight, without this your daily needs of nutrients is not fulfilled.
• Eat 5-6 small meals a day in proper intervals which keep your metabolism running great.
• Drink green tea, this increases metabolism. Its antioxidants contents will boost energy and help immune system which protect from many diseases like cancer.
• Getting stressed either physically or emotionally is known to decrease metabolism rate. So try to stay cool and enjoy the work you do.
• Eat protein rich foods and make sure that 10-35% percent of your total daily calories come from protein.
• Sleep eight hours a day, it is believed that first 4 hours of sleep help with brain repair and the last 4 hours help with body repair. Body will need adequate rest, make sure you give it to yourself.
Below is a schedule for eating that everyone should follow for a proper metabolism.
7:00 a.m. - Have breakfast
10:00 a.m. - Eat a light snack
12:00 p.m. - Have lunch
4:00 p.m. - Have another snack
7:00 p.m. - Have a light dinner
• Don’t overload your stomach.
• Don’t go to bed immediately after your dinner; try to give a minimum of 2 hours gap.
• Stop emotional eating which is a terrible eating habit that leads you to eat between meals and when you're not hungry.
• Depressed and stress can trigger the over production of certain hormones that can lead to increase weight. This will need some help from a professional.