Maintaining a Healthy Metabolism Rate
Metabolism is a commonly found term in health magazines, health and lifestyle journals, health blogs, school science textbooks, health commercials and also on television commercials of energy booster drinks! But you always ponder upon its meaning and why it’s so important for your body? Always worry about amping up your metabolic rate? Have doubts on maintaining a good metabolic rate after a certain age or during old age? If the answers to any or all of these questions is yes, then this article might be worth a read!
The process of converting food into energy for each body cell to function and operate, is known as Metabolism. Metabolism is a chain of chemical reactions happening in each cell of the body. Metabolism takes place in the body in two ways:
Each organ in our body needs nutrients from the food we eat to function in a proper manner. Metabolism is closely linked to availability of nutrients and nutrition. Thus, having a healthy metabolism or metabolic rate is the key. Hence, to put it simply, metabolic rate or rate of metabolism is the rate at which your body burns calories per unit time. A derivative term of this is BMR, Basal Metabolic Rate. BMR is the amount of energy used by a body during the state of rest. Almost 70% of the energy is used due to the basal life processes, such as:
Another 20% of energy is used in physical activities and lastly, 10% only from food digestion post meals. Thus, an individual is said to have a high metabolic rate or high BMR when he or she is able to utilise or burn the most energy only during the state of rest. Since metabolism is the most essential process to maintain life inside each cell of our body, it is of utmost importance to know and maintain your body’s metabolism at all ages of life.
Metabolism is affected and determined by a lot of factors, including:
Since metabolism is affected by above factors, a change in body composition or weight will trigger changes in it. Thus, weight loss and muscle gain are the best and natural ways to change or improve your metabolic rate. A 2010 review on resistance training for obesity treatment, indicated that resistance training can improve lean body mass composition and maintain fat mass reduction, increasing BMR.
Given below are more scientific and natural ways to improve and increase your body metabolism:
In such modern times, when each individual is so careful of their body weight and age, every other woman or conscious man wants to be fit and feel young, have glowing skin and less health issues; metabolism is the only and integral aspect one needs to keep in mind for achieving all of that. Since age is an important factor which determines and affects the metabolic rate of a person, it becomes crucial to know how to regulate it positively. Here are some ways on how one can maintain good metabolic rate even during ageing:
Above mentioned are the most important factors to keep in mind for a healthy metabolic rate for ageing adults. But there are certain foods which can have immense impacts on the metabolic rate of any individual irrespective of the age.
Since metabolism is the process of energy production from the food one eats. Hence, the quality and type of food is the most important factor directly affecting the rate of metabolism. So let’s discuss some dietary tips to increase and improve metabolism:
Hence, including these food items in your diet will only bring benefits to your metabolic health. Apparently, some lucky individuals have naturally high metabolic rates and so they don’t have to work out so hard or keep a check on their diet so often as most of us. Here are the six signs of a natural high-metabolic rate:
Nothing too much is ever good, thus, having a naturally fast metabolic-rate comes with its own pros and cons. Losing excessive weight, being fatigued or anemic is a health problem and should be consulted with a medical practitioner as soon as possible.
So if you’ve reached here, that means you now know about body metabolism, metabolic rate and the ways to keep it in good levels. And that’s all you need to know to start your metabolically-aware journey of good health! :)
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