I hope everyone had a great week. I’m currently ALMOST 2/3 of the way through with my AIP elimination phase. After that’s over I can start adding things back in to my diet. I’ve been doing well so far and it’s actually getting easier. I don’t like being limited on spices and seasonings though. It kind of makes all your food taste the same. My husband had a jar of peanut butter open this morning though, and that made me salivate, LOL. Today, I want to talk about natural ways to boost your metabolism.
When your metabolism isn’t working at its most efficient level, you’re very likely to feel sluggish, and tired even right after you’ve just woken up. This leads to a terrible cycle of restlessness and difficulty sleeping, loss of energy, and depression. Not to mention how much more difficult it is to lose weight when you have a low metabolism. If there was a way to combat this naturally, would you be interested in finding out how? As it turns out, there are foods that can help you to correct your metabolism, so this article will be exploring the foods that can boost your metabolism naturally.
This close relative of cabbage can have a positive effect on the metabolism. It is super high in antioxidants and carries a high amount of calcium which is known for its ability to help the body to metabolize fats. Broccoli is also very high in dietary fiber, which helps to clean out the intestinal tract. A clearer intestinal tract, particularly of the lower intestine, means that broken down foods can be more easily absorbed through the intestinal walls. When plaque builds up in the intestines, the body has a harder time getting the nutrients that it needs.
Jalapeno and Cayenne
These hot peppers are a popular flavor additive when people want to heat up their favorite dishes. The active ingredient in them is called capsaicin, and it’s had a long history of being included in remedies to help with vascular health. Research has shown a particular effect that capsaicin has on the metabolism, in that it can stimulate blood flow and increase metabolic activity for over 2.5 hours. That means that while the capsaicin in your body, you are more likely to burn calories that you’ve stored, or burn the calories of the foods you’ve just eaten. I can tell you that I have been missing the peppers these past few weeks.
Have you had an apple today? Apples are well known for promoting a healthy digestive tract. They are full of useful vitamins and are very high in fiber that the body needs to sweep the digestive tract. Modern science has discovered that this is largely due to the agent found in apples called pectin. It has the ability to bond to cholesterol and many toxins found in the body to make them easier to eliminate. Apples aren’t the only fruits that contain pectin. Plums, pears, and some berries also contain this amazing agent, and it’s the thing in food responsible for the consistency of jellies and jams. Since apples are low in fat and calories, they are also ideal for weight loss.
I hope you will add these foods in if they are something you aren’t currently consuming. One more week for me and I’m adding peppers in.
Have a great weekend,