Restoring Healthy Metabolism
©Deborah Barr, all rights
Metabolism is the rate at which your body burns calories, and
simply means change or transformation. It relates to processes
that convert food and other substances into energy and other
metabolic byproducts used by the body. It is a necessary
function that allows your body to use food and other resources
to maintain the working parts, repair damage, heal injury and
rid the body of toxins.
the TCM Health System, kidneys are responsible for the healthy
function of thyroid gland (which regulates metabolism), bones
and bone marrow, teeth, hormonal system, hearing, body
temperature, lower back, knees, head hair, bladder, urinary
tract, and sexual organs. When the kidneys are energetically
weak, cold, or deficient, you will experience the symptoms of
digestive organs play a role in regulating metabolism by
converting food into Qi (chee) energy and transforming food into
blood and tissue. If you are not digesting, assimilating and
eliminating properly you will have difficulty losing weight and
experience many of the symptoms of low thyroid.
What are the
Some signs of slow metabolism and sluggish thyroid include:
Difficulty losing weight
Feeling cold; craving warmth
Physical stiffness and inflexibility
Inability to sweat
General weakness - malaise
Frequent fatigue - apathy
Soft, fleshy muscles
Certain kidney and bladder problems
Loss of libido
Ringing in the ears
This is not a comprehensive list and these symptoms may also be
the result of other health problems.
What are the
metabolism has little to do with aging as some would like to
believe. When you diet and limit the number of calories
consumed, your body reacts by lowering the basil metabolic rate,
thus making it difficult to lose weight. Eating denatured,
frozen, microwaved foods has the same effect. Many of the foods
in the American diet are not real food, but pseudo fare
concocted with chemicals in flavor factories. These artificial
foods not only decrease metabolism, but also are toxic to
metabolism causes your body to burn fewer calories and less
fat. It can even cause your body to store excess fat in
reserve. It is not advisable to skip meals or to eat extremely
low calorie foods.
eating congesting foods such as cow’s milk products and meat,
cause sluggish metabolism.
intake of minerals from food and poor assimilation of minerals
greatly contributes to slow metabolism. Ingesting foods
and substances on a regular basis that deplete minerals
contribute as well. These include refined sugar, alcohol,
coffee (even decaf), recreational drugs, and some medications.
Too many raw
foods, smoothies, cold foods (including ice water), juice, and
fruit, especially in the winter, make metabolism sluggish.
living and lack of movement, activity, and exercise on a
regular basis also contribute.
To successfully and permanently improve metabolism and lose weight, it's important to
change your diet rather than going on a diet. Starvation diets,
too much fasting, liquid diets, and many fad diets are akin to
dietary "terrorism". They are an assault to the body and damage
the digestive system, metabolic processes, and other
functions. As weight goes up and down, it becomes increasingly
difficult to maintain normal metabolism. Therapeutic foods
(real foods) provide metabolic efficiency without extra mass. A
few of these foods are:
Whole, unprocessed grains are
complex carbohydrates and are
naturally low in calories. A gram contains 4 calories compared
to a gram of fat which has 9 calories. Complex carbohydrates
readjust your hormones which, in turn, boost your metabolism and
speed the burning of calories.
The whole, unprocessed grains, sprouted rice,
buckwheat groats, hulled barley,
brown rice, wild rice, quinoa, and millet are
especially helpful for weight loss.
groats are warming and stimulate metabolism; high in vitamin E;
blood-building; and benefit the kidneys. Steel cut oat groats and
whole oats will benefit those with a sluggish thyroid. Please
don't confuse processed grains with whole grains. Breads,
noodles, crackers, energy bars, and pancake mixes labeled
whole grains are NOT whole grains. They are processed and
will not have a positive effect on your health.
extremely effective for improving metabolism. This is a
food group that most people are unfamiliar with. There are many
varieties including wakame, kombu, nori, arame, hijiki and dulse.
Each one has its specific nutrient profile. They all increase
metabolism of fat and sugar in the body and improve water
metabolism. Sea Vegetables are useful for weight loss,
lowering cholesterol and fat in the blood, and are the best
vegetables benefit the thyroid, detoxify the body, support
hormone functions, build bones and teeth, promote healthy hair
and nails, and soothe nerves. They contain 10-20x the minerals
of land plants and an abundance of calcium, iron, B vitamins and
other elements necessary for healthy metabolism.
Sea vegetables are sold dried and are available
at Natural Food Stores. You may have to acquire a taste
for them and it's worth the effort. They taste delicious when prepared
properly. Eating small amounts consistently will improve
thyroid, metabolism, and weight loss.
Kombu Powder is a superb mineral tonic and
Break the kombu into pieces and roast in a dry
skillet over the stove until dark and crisp; or you can put them
in the oven for about 10-12 minutes at 325 degrees. Turn as
needed so that it roasts evenly. Crush into a fine powder in blender
or coffee grinder. Use ˝ to 1 tsp. daily as a condiment, or
stir into hot water and drink. To purchase kombu powder,
Sea Vegetable benefits the thyroid and improves metabolism. It
is an excellent source of calcium, iron, and iodine; vitamins B2
and niacin; normalizes blood sugar levels; aids in weight loss;
builds bones and teeth; soothes nerves; supports hormone
functions. It's best to cook it with something warming
such as ginger, garlic, crushed red pepper, or black pepper.
Click here for Hijiki Recipe.
- Breathing -
long, slow deep breathing can improve metabolism and overall
health. This can be practiced anywhere anytime. 70% of
your body's wastes are processed through the breath. Most
people get one-quarter to one-fifth of the amount of oxygen the
lungs were designed to hold. That's a major oxygen deficit
for cells that are trying to process food, release toxins and
provide energy for bodily functions, including metabolism.
Take 3-6 breath breaks throughout the day. Practice deep
breathing before eating and sleeping and everything will
is one way you
eliminate toxins, fats, and salts that have long been held in
the body. Many people do not sweat even while doing vigorous
exercise. This may indicate you are holding on to fat and
toxins and have slow metabolism. It's normal and healthy to sweat with exercise and in
hot weather. If you do not sweat easily you probably have
difficulty losing weight. There are a few things you can do.
Take very hot baths with 2-3 cups sea salt in the
water. Make the water deep and cover your shoulders with a
towel. Stay in for 20 minutes. Hot baths can be taken 1-4x a
week, preferably before bed. This is also helpful for some
conditions of the reproductive organs. You may not sweat the
first few times you do this. Be consistent. Do not take hot
baths during menstruation.
first stage of digestion and assimilation. Saliva contains
alkaline digestive enzymes that are essential for digestion and
good health. Chewing your food until liquid will help you
digest, assimilate, eliminate and metabolize in healthier
ways. This takes awareness and practice and is an effective
practice for weight loss, energy, and good health.
many herbs that are useful for restoring healthy
metabolism, improving assimilation and elimination; eliminating
congestion, breaking down fats and proteins, and lubricating and
activating the intestines. When the appropriate herbs are taken
for your overall condition, your body becomes more balanced, and
weight loss is an easy, side benefit.
save a lot of time, money and frustration by consulting a
qualified herbalist to determine the appropriate herbs for your
here or call 412.361.8600 to schedule an
introductory counseling session. Herbs for adrenals, thyroid, and
be matched to your constitution and condition in order to be
effective. Herbal medicine is not one-size-fits all.
Western Medicine separates
the aspects of you and simply treats metabolism with
pharmaceuticals. Metabolism is part of a complex organ
system within you. Please consider a Holistic approach
that will bring you radiant, balanced health at all levels, and
the fit, slender body you desire.
©Deborah Barr, 2000-16
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