Stuck with a slow metabolism? Genetics can really be a bitch, but fortunately, there are many day-to-day things you can do to reverse their effects on your health. For example, if you struggle with a naturally slow metabolism which keeps your levels of energy low and makes you more prone to gaining weight, you don’t have to learn to live with that.
You can greatly improve the quality of your life by simply transforming a few everyday habits that have been keeping you in the slow lane all these years.
You know, not all great solutions require gigantic lifestyle changes – as a matter of fact, those are proven to be rather unsustainable. Most of the time, it’s the little, almost invisible things you do that matter the most, because over the course of time they will add up into a great tide affecting the bigger picture of your life. Sure, you can leave your little unhealthy habits do their thing and keep you where you are, but you can also shake them up a bit and optimize your life choices, in order to become a healthier, more fulfilled person.
Metabolism is most often associated with calorie burning, but it actually refers to all chemical reactions that occur in our cells and keep us alive – and the energy required to make all those reactions happen comes from calories. Therefore, metabolism is basically the process that makes life possible, thus affecting brain and heart function, as well as controlling the digestive system.
So your metabolism has a bigger effect on your overall health and well-being than you probably realize – as a vital part of your organism, associated with the normal function of all organs. Having a slow metabolism doesn’t make you unhealthy by itself, but it can contribute to the development of some chronic health issues in the long-term, such as high blood sugar and high blood pressure, as well as hindering your weight loss goals. On the other side, a slow metabolic rate is one of the symptoms of a thyroid disorder, so make sure you check with your doctor and do the necessary tests to rule that out.
If you’re look for clues on what you could do to boost your metabolism and make it a lot more efficient at its job, begin with these 4 positive habits you can easily create for yourself in the pursuit of better health, more energy and less body fat:
1. Get Enough Sleep
This always sounds harder than it actually is. Your own well-being and your health should always come first on your list of priorities – one of the worst things you could do to yourself is not allowing your body to get enough rest. The lack of sleep is associated with higher levels of cortisol, slower metabolic rate, mood disorders and impaired cognitive functioning.
And sleeping late on the weekends in an attempt to recover from your hectic week is not the solution – not only that it won’t reverse the effects of your sleep deprivation, it could make things worse for your already confused organism.
So, give your body the time it needs to rest and recover, every day. Make a schedule and stick to it. Try to organize your activities in a more efficient way that doesn’t get in the way of a regular sleeping pattern – this is crucial for the optimal function of many processes in the body, especially your metabolism. And who enjoys feeling tired and irritable all the time?
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