6 super foods to boost your metabolism

Feel drained out often? Then try these super foods that will keep you going all seasons of the year

By: Geethalakshmi R




Who doesn’t want to start their day, filled with energy to complete all set tasks? But in reality, how many of us can actually be that Superwoman? There are days, when getting out of the bed to follow the same routine can feel extremely tedious. And since women are constantly multitasking, whether its between the different jobs at home, or the constant effort to keep a work and life balance, dip in energy levels is a common thing.

This is often due to a slowdown of metabolism rates, as one ages. Metabolism is the process of the body which turns calories to usable energy.  A lower rate hence causes a dip in energy levels. According to Dr Vishnu, functional medicine expert, “Common signs of less-than-ideal metabolic functioning are ongoing fatigue, irregular cycles, trouble sleeping through the night, constipation, mood disorders like anxiety and depression.”

While it is true that metabolism is partly ruled by genetics, there are many ways to rev it up naturally. Says nutritionist and yoga expert, Dr Navaneetha R.K, Molake Nature Cure Clinic, “Several things influence your basal metabolic rate, including age, gender, weight, height, body composition and your diet. The faster your metabolic rate, the more energetic and active you are.”

A slowdown in metabolism rate can be proactively tackled by adding boosters into one’s daily life. Here are the six super foods listed out by the two experts to boost your energy levels:



Lemons: It helps in detoxifying your liver and cleansing the digestive system. The enzymes and vitamin C in lemons help in clearing toxins from the body by turning them into compounds that are eliminated from the body in the form of waste. This ultimately helps in improving your metabolic function.

Almonds: Consuming almonds can result in an increase in your body’s energy expenditure. Although almonds are high in calories, they are packed with essential omega-3 fatty acids that are great metabolism boosters. These fatty acids reduce the production of a hormone known as leptin, a natural chemical that lowers your metabolism. 



Bell peppers: The phytonutrients in peppers have thermogenic properties, increasing heat in the body and speeding up metabolism.

Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV): Fitness gurus and natural health experts are recommending an ACV diet to help drop unwanted pounds quickly. Taking just two tablespoons of ACV (diluted in water) per day for 12 weeks continuously can help to reduce weight, with no other modifications to diet or lifestyle.



Omega 3 Fatty Acids
: These acids increase resting metabolic rate (RMR) in humans in part, by increasing the use of fat as a fuel during rest. The best natural sources of omega 3 fatty acids are mackerel, sardine, salmon, flax seeds and walnuts.



Coconut Oil:
 It is a perfect source of energy as it only has to go through a three-step process to be turned into fuel while the other fats have to go through a 26-step process. It is no wonder that it is beneficial in losing weight as it is a no-carb oil. One tablespoon of coconut oil in empty stomach for 6 weeks continuously can help hike metabolic rate and burn fat. 

 

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