Simple yet effective, grab these top three tips to improve metabolism from a health expert who knows how it all works!
Today we are hearing from Christa Lyons, CHHC, FDN-P who is a Functional Health Practitioner dedicated to helping women get back to feeling like their best selves. In this post she is sharing her top three tips to improve metabolism in natural ways that will help you not just feel better but get everything working together for all kinds of benefits. Let’s hear it right from Christa……
If you are like most people, your metabolism is out of whack. This is so common in today’s world, and typically due to the accumulation of stress, diet, and lifestyle habits which have created imbalances in your body.
You may be finding that you don’t feel like you used to…you’ve got weight creeping up into your belly, low energy, brain fog and digestive issues. Here’s the deal…your metabolic systems regulate everything in your body. They regulate your hormones, immune system, inflammation, the thyroid, your weight, and even how you process proteins, fats and carbs. When your metabolism isn’t functioning well, the cells, organs and systems in your body all get thrown off course. By maintaining a healthy metabolism, you will enjoy good energy throughout the day, have less bloat and belly issues, the ability to fight chronic disease, and finally start to feel like your old self again.
What can you do?
Here are my top 3 tips to help boost your metabolism:
1. It is vital to eat the foods that FUEL your body. Nutrient dense foods FUEL your body while processed foods (ie. white sugar, white flour, and seed oils such as canola) FESTER in your body. The more nutrients you put in your body, the healthier it will be. Examples of nutrient dense foods are: leafy greens, cruciferous vegetables (such as broccoli and brussels sprouts), high quality protein (grass-fed meat and organic poultry), and healthy oils such as olive and avocado.
2. Your exercise routine needs to be in line with your current state of health. If you are pushing through the day, exhausted, and then hitting the gym, you run the risk of stressing out your body, causing it more harm than good. It’s important to get enough exercise, without overtaxing your body. Stretching, walking, and yoga are always good to incorporate into your day.
3. Stress manifests in many ways in the body. It can be the root cause of many symptoms and ailments. Stress is a part of life, but the issue arises when it builds up and up and you get to the point that your body is never regulating back down to normal, it is constantly staying in a heightened state of stress. It is impossible to eliminate stress in today’s world, but it is possible to use simple strategies to help you manage your stress. Some ways to manage your stress are to journal (get it all down on paper and out of your brain), take deep breathing breaks (I like the Breathwrk app for 60 seconds of focused breathing), epsom salt baths, and meditation (my favorite app is the Insight Timer which has guided meditations or various soothing sounds you can listen to).
If you are feeling like nothing you do is helping, the thing I really want you to know is that…you DO NOT have to suffer! I’m here to help, we just need to dig deeper!
If you are having symptoms such as:
- Low libido
- Stubborn weight.
- Waking at 2-3AM
- No motivation to exercise
- Heavy periods
- Hives, rashes, eczema
- Joint pain
- Brain fog….
All of these are your body’s way of telling you it needs some support. How do you know what it needs? You can start with implementing the metabolism boosting tips above. Then, if you still feel like the changes you’ve made aren’t shifting the needle, we can do some testing. Most often, I find the answers with hormone, mineral and gut testing. Once we know where to focus, and start addressing the imbalances, everything gets better!
So, the next time you start to say “my metabolism is tanked”, take a moment and really think about how your body is feeling and what it may be trying to tell you.
Then, contact me and let’s see what we can do to resolve what’s going on!
As women we often put our own health last and usually pay the price later on. With these quick three tips to improve metabolism, we can get started on giving our bodies what they need and begin that process of getting back to feeling great!