Following on from my last blog on our metabolism, I thought it would be helpful to provide some more information on how we can boost our metabolism.
We all know that drinking lots of water throughout the day is important, but did you know that this also has the effect of increasing your metabolism, as the metabolic process needs water to fuel it?
Eat spicy foods:
Spicy foods are renowned for boosting our metabolism. Hot spices like pepper, chilli and curry all help the process. Other spices that you may not think of as hot but also react in our bodies in the same way are cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, and nutmeg.
Always eat breakfast:
Missing breakfast is one of the worst things we can do for our metabolism. We should always eat a healthy breakfast. Healthy cereals such as porridge oats, low fat milk, fruit and yoghurts all make a delicious and nutritious start to the day.
Early morning exercise:
A short burst of intense exercise, when we first get up on a morning is really excellent for boosting the metabolism. We only have to do about five minutes of intense exercise to gain the benefit all day. Simple, daily exercise such as running on the spot, jumping or running up and down stairs will all help our metabolic rate.
Keep your thyroid healthy:
It is really important to try to ensure the thyroid gland is working efficiently. For this to happen, the thyroid needs selenium, zinc, copper, and iodine. Seafood and nuts are a good source of these, or alternatively they can be found in most daily multi-vitamin supplements.
Don’t eat too late:
There is an age old saying that we should ‘eat breakfast like a king and eat dinner like a pauper’. Unfortunately, most of us eat more at dinner than we do at breakfast and this is exactly the opposite of what we should do to speed up our metabolism. We should also finish eating dinner early, at least three hours before bedtime.