6 Natural Ways To Quickly Boost Your Metabolism
In today's world, it's important to take natural measures to ensure your health. After all, our bodies respond best to natural remedies (as long as they're not stuffed with fillers.) Why wouldn't you treat your metabolism the same way? There are several different ways you can boost your metabolism naturally, and we'll cover the main topics today. The more you work towards a better metabolism, the better you'll feel, and your body will love you for it!
Natural Sleep Cycles
On average, we sleep for 6.8 hours per night as opposed to the 9 hours we used to sleep a century ago. The economy and 40 hour work week has greatly affected our sleep and sleep patterns. Getting a proper amount of sleep has even been shown to increase our metabolism by 300 calories per day.
Did you know that you sleep in several different stages? Our bodies naturally go through four or five sleep cycles of both non-REM (rapid eye movement) and REM sleep. REM sleep is the stage where you will find yourself dreaming, usually towards the last two cycles. Each sleep cycle is typically 90 minutes long and includes seven stages, though this may vary from individual to individual.
What all of this really means is that, in order to wake up feeling refreshed and with a higher metabolism, it's important to time your sleep accordingly. You will want to wake up in a light stage of sleep, which is on average 7 hours and 44 minutes after you've fallen asleep.
With our average sleep cycles in today's world, not only are we waking up in the wrong part of our sleep, we're cutting a large chunk of our sleeping time away, leading out bodies to feel sluggish and sleep deprived.
Maintaining a healthy diet is one of the most important things that you can do to improve your metabolism, but there are a few boosts that you can give your body an edge on the routine.
- Green Tea
Green tea is fantastic at helping your metabolism and has even been shown to reduce weight and blood pressure without any changes in exercise or diet routine. Green tea's benefits come from its main compound called catechins, which also help an array of other ailments from Crohn's disease to high blood pressure. Think about the possibilities of combining a healthier diet and exercise routine with this wonderful drink.
Turmeric is a super-root when it comes to health. We've discovered in past articles how Turmeric has amazing anti-inflammatory and anti-carcinogenic properties, but did you know that this spice does wonders to the metabolism as well? Turmeric increases the metabolism through the use of the active compound called Curcumin which the body unfortunately poorly absorbs. To circumvent this, it's a good idea to take a Curcumin supplement with black pepper added, which can be found in the Me First Living store. Black pepper helps the absorption of Curcumin by adding bioavailability that Curcumin alone doesn't have.
Proper Exercise Routines
Proper exercise is important, and many people will take this as an excuse to do a few squats per day and run on the treadmill. Now, this isn't a bad thing – cardio is fantastic, and squats do wonders for your glutes, but you're not getting a well-rounded exercise routine this way. Even by using weights as your run on the treadmill, holding them in each hand as you run, it will make your body work more. The more work your body has to do, the more energy it will have to burn away. This is where your metabolism comes in and burns calories.
Breakfast Proteins: 30 Before 30
It's important to make sure you start the day off right when it comes to your metabolism. Everyone says that breakfast is the most important part of the day, but no one really takes the phrase seriously. If you want your metabolism to start working harder in the day, you have to wake it up with some delicious proteins.
That's right: it's time to pull a Rocky Balboa on your breakfast and consume 30 grams of protein in the first 30 minutes of being awake. That's the equivalent of 5 eggs (scrambled, hard boiled, however you prefer it), or 8 egg whites. Of course, if you are following a diet that does not include animal proteins, you can find the protein in a multitude of other sources including vegan protein powders. This 30 grams of protein jump-starts your day and you're set to go straight to your workout routine.
Yoga and Meditation
Yoga and meditation are wonderful for stilling the mind and helping you focus on the issues that matter the most in your life. Not only does your blood pressure lower significantly, but it also lowers your overall stress levels. This is huge news for your metabolism, fortunately, because lower stress actually increases your metabolism, whereas higher stress stunts your metabolism.
Your body's metabolism is directly related to the rest of your health and every step you take towards a healthier you is another step you are taking to a healthier metabolism. By taking one of these steps and incorporating them into at least one day per week, over time, you can begin incorporating them into each day. This way you can start to build a habit of practicing each step every single day and streamline your health routine. Real health takes real work, and it's important to maintain this especially as we age.