Let’s talk food. There are some inevitable factors affecting our metabolism like age, gender, hormones and stress. We can control our nutrition and eating a whole, healthy diet can support improved metabolism. There are two processes that are involved in metabolism; catabolism and anabolism.
Catabolism involves breaking down of food substances like carbohydrates, fats and proteins into simpler forms which are later used for energy production.
Anabolism is concerned with the use of energy produced by catabolic process. It also involves storing energy for future use.
Below you can see my seven favourite metabolism boosting foods! Like anything remember moderation is key 🙂 Over-consumption can potentially lead to other issues. Im not an expert in this matter, and the facts are always changing, but I do love learning and I love to share my favourites 🙂
1. Green Tea:
Green tea has zero calories, contains vitamin A, vitamin E, Vitamin C and Vitamin B and is a good source of manganese. Being a powerful antioxidant, it eliminates free radicals from the body. It prevents heart diseases by preventing blood clotting, decreasing bad cholesterol levels and increasing good cholesterol level. It also controls blood pressure. It slows down the ageing process, fights cancer and its anti-bacterial property prevents bacterial infections and diseases. In the short term it can also effectively decreases appetite. Perfect for tea (hour or cold).
Avocado is undoubtedly a highly nutritious fruit. It is a good source of l-carnitite which helps in boosting metabolism. It contains vital vitamins like Vitamin K, Vitamins B9, B6 and B5 and vitamin C. It also contains important minerals like potassium, magnesium, phosphorus and iron. The high amount of fiber in the fruit aids digestion. Its antioxidant property helps remove free radicals from the body. Other health benefits of avocado include lowering blood cholesterol, controlling blood pressure, prevention of heart diseases, reducing inflammation, prevention of ageing etc.
Avacados goes perfect on salads, in sandwiches or by itself for a snack.c
Lemon works to detoxify the liver, which helps in enhancing metabolic activities. Like most citrus fruits, lemon is an excellent source of vitamin C which offers several health benefits. It increases immunity, prevents ageing, reduces stress, fights heart diseases and prevents asthma and diabetes. It is good for hair and skin too. Its anti-bacterial property kills infectious bacteria.
Lemon goes great in dressings and in water.
Cucumber has a high content of water. It comprises of about 96% water. It is low in calories, but contains alkaline minerals, which help in maintaining pH balance. Even the skin of cucumber contains good amount of dietary fibre and vitamins A, K and C. Vitamin A and C are antioxidants. which eliminate toxic substances from the body and hence, prevent several health issues. The high water content of cucumber rehydrates your body.
Goes great on salads, or in water.
Ginger can boost metabolic rate by up to 20% in three hours. Ginger has anti- inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. It reduces stress and improves immunity, thanks to its antioxidant property. It prevents heart diseases, reduces menstrual cramps and treats cold and flu, morning sickness and travel sickness. Its anti-inflammatory property relieves arthritis pain and migraine by reducing inflammation. However, over-consumption of ginger should be avoided as it causes heartburns and indigestion. It can also interact with diabetes, blood thinning and high blood pressure medications.
Almonds are high in fat and calories content. It has a good amount of dietary fiber. It is a rich source of vitamin E which strengthens the immune system. The antioxidant properties aid in the removal of free radicals and toxins from the body. It is good for skin and hair. Almonds contain potassium, phosphorus, calcium, magnesium and iron which makes bones and teeth strong and speeds up energy production by improving metabolic rate. Almonds can also reduce bad cholesterol.
We often use garlic in cooking because of its characteristic flavor. Garlic is rich vitamin B6 and vitamin C content. It also contains minerals like copper, iron, calcium, manganese and phosphorus. Garlic helps in breaking down fat and increasing metabolism. It possesses anti-biotic property which combats infections caused by fungi, bacteria, virus and parasites.