This past month we were happy to join some of the moms participating in the momstown Milton Health and Wellness challenge. Not only did we get to participate in the intense work out, but our Naturopathic Doctor, Tanya Lee, provided some tips to help boost your metabolism. Below are some of the general tips she provided but keep in mind that everyone is metabolically different and respond to different diets and methods.
Everyday tips to boost Metabolism
1. Start your day with 1 glass of water with squeezed lemon (about a 1 tbsp worth). This will kick start your metabolism by activating the liver, the organ responsible for metabolizing protein, carbs and fats for energy.
2. Have a diet full of leafy-green vegetables. They are packed with fibre, vitamins, minerals and also helps with healthy functioning of the liver
3. Eat no less than 3 meals/day. Either three larger balanced meals per day or smaller, more frequent meals. This helps avoid massive blood sugar spikes and lows.
4. Find an outlet for stress (meditation, reading, exercise). By keeping your cortisol (stress hormone) levels down you can improve your metabolism.
5. The first bite of the meal should be protein so your body adjusts to protein metabolism. This allows for carbohydrates to be absorbed more slowly, and prevents sugar and insulin spikes in the blood
6. A diet full of soluble and insoluble fibre binds excess cholesterol, regulates blood sugars and makes us feel full quicker, therefore consuming less volume of food
7. A metabolism friendly diet can also be implemented to help speed up your metabolism. This usually consists 25% carbohydrates, 35% fats and 40% protein. Keep in mind before started a diet that different people respond to different types of diets, whether it’s grain free, sugar free, or meat free etc. If you want to help further improve your metabolism we welcome you to book an assessment with our Naturopathic Doctor.
By Dr. Tanya Lee, BSc (Hons), N.D.
Dr. Tanya Lee is a naturopathic doctor currently practicing in Milton Ontario. She was drawn to the naturopathic profession for its core beliefs in treating the whole person. She practices general medicine, with a special interest in children’s health, women’s health and pregnancy. For more information on Dr. Lee and her practice, please visit, www.tanyaleend.com.
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