Health Sep 26, 2022

Boost your metabolism, boost your health

Did you know that the most decorated Olympian of all time Michael Phelps would consume 12,000 calories per day at the height of his 2008 Olympic training? However, the recommended daily calorie intake is only 2,000 calories for women and 2,500 for men. A key reason behind this mind boggling calorie intake disparity – is metabolism.

Metabolism is all about how we power our bodies, and yes food is a major, but not only, part of it. Your metabolism is partly decided by genetics, but not all of it is out of your control. Here’s why metabolism is important to your overall health and how you can affect it.

Why is metabolic health important?

Metabolism is the mechanism that takes in, breaks down and distributes the energy needed for your body. It powers everything to do with your life such as moving around, keeping your heart beating and growing new cells.

However, when the metabolic system creates too much or too little energy, it can lead to serious health problems. The most common disease that occurs when the metabolic system fails is type 2 diabetes. It is a condition whereby the body can no longer regulate its blood sugar levels. This can cause damage to your body, especially the nerves and blood vessels, eyes, heart and feet.

You can check in on your metabolic system by measuring your Diabetes Resistance – which is the body’s ability to avoid type 2 diabetes in the long run.

How can I improve my metabolism?

The good news is that there are many simple yet effective everyday habits you can cultivate to boost your metabolism. Once you understand your body’s ability to avoid type 2 diabetes in the future with your current lifestyle, you can alter its course by:

  • Exercising more – train regularly, 150 minutes or more per week, and remember even the smallest activity counts, for instance, jogging 5-10 minutes per day
  • Eating better – favor high in fiber and minimally processed food like vegetables, fruits and whole grains, and unsaturated fatty food like fatty fish, nuts and seeds in your daily meals
  • Maintaining a healthy weight – leverage exercise and nutrition to maintain the recommended body mass index
  • Getting uninterrupted, regular sleep – maintain a 7-8 hours per night sleep schedule, vital for processing and regulating glucose and insulin in your body
  • Reduce stress – Try meditation and activities that bring you joy such as hobbies, time spent with loved ones and exercise to manage your stress levels

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