A good Metabolism and High Immunity are the epitome of being ‘hale and hearty.’ No matter whether you’re young or old, as long as you have a healthy metabolism, you won’t have weight gain or loss issues and other related concerns. Simply put, the higher the metabolism, the more calories one can consume without gaining weight. So, if you have a friend who enjoys cupcakes and milkshakes without packing on the pounds, chances are, she/he is blessed with a ‘high metabolism.’
Given the fact that this isn’t generally the case because of different body types and their tendencies to gain or lose weight, there are still some great ways to rev up your metabolism. It is not about how much you eat during the day, but what you eat and when that has an enormous impact on your metabolism. One’s immunity is also affected by the food choices we make. It is okay to indulge in a cheat meal occasionally but make sure your general food choices are giving you good nutrition instead of hollow calories only.
The key to a healthy metabolism is choosing the right foods over the wrong ones and eating it at the right time. A hungry stomach means falling blood sugar, and that’s bad for your metabolism. To avoid this, eating three times a day is recommended. Also, when we miss a meal, our body goes into starvation and starts storing fat, leading to a slow metabolism.
- It is simply not enough to avoid foods that make your metabolism sluggish. What is equally important is to include foods that help improve it. A diet with adequate proteins (egg, milk, cheese, legumes, chicken, fish, nuts), fiber (fruits, vegetables, and complex grains) and oil (ghee, mustard oil, olive oil, etc) is a great way to stop the vicious cycle that starts with a missed meal and spiked insulin levels in the body. This diet acts as a natural colon cleanser and keeps the digestive system running smoothly because it takes a lot of energy to push fiber all the way through one’s colon. Also, having a protein at each meal ensures that the body is getting sufficient protein for its daily metabolic functions. Interestingly, it also means that your system is satisfied for longer and this curbs your hunger cravings!
- We all have sensitivities towards certain food types; lucky you, if you have none! Soy, dairy, gluten, one of these could be a possible culprit for causing inflammation in your intestines and slowing down digestion. Food that isn’t broken down properly by your colon will show up in a number of ways such as slow metabolism, gas, bloating, allergies, weight gain, and so on.
- Avoid packaged foods, such as fruit and vegetable juices, canned soups/beans, microwaveable popcorn, and such similar products as much as you can. Packaged foods are processed with several artificial chemicals, preservatives, and sodium. While this mineral is required by the body in some levels, packaged foods normally contain very high levels of it, making it unhealthy for you.
- Eating a healthy breakfast jump-starts your metabolism. Skipping on the first meal of the day will only make you crave for any source of carbohydrate that may come along your way. Keep your fridge well-stocked with healthy choices that you can have on the go if time is an issue.
- The body’s metabolism levels decline with age, and that is no secret. But, the good news is anyone can increase their metabolic rate by incorporating some weight-bearing exercises in their lifestyle. It could either be bodyweight exercises like planks, push-ups or squatting against a wall, or exercises done with the help of dumbbells. Irrespective of what you may choose to do, this helps to build and maintain muscle tissue in the body. More muscle in the body means your body is burning more calories and in turn raising your metabolism.
When it comes to making healthy food choices and its relationship with high levels of immunity, Hippocrates’ famous quote ‘let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food’ seems apt here. So, fuel your body with good nutrition so that it protects and heals itself naturally.