Other ways to Increase Metabolism

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There are other ways to increase metabolism apart from activity and food choices. Here are six great ones.

  1. Drink Water

    A study in the Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism – 2003 Dec; 88(12):6015-9, found a glass of water could boost metabolism by 30% in both men and women. Part of this effect (40%) comes from the body needing to warm up the cold water. In this study, it wasn’t clear whether the effect related to overcoming dehydration.

    Every chemical reaction in your body (including metabolism) needs water. We need it to deliver oxygen and nutrients to where our body needs them and to detoxify.

    Dehydration makes you tired; it disrupts our oxygen levels, kidney and liver functions. Often we misinterpret thirst and hunger, causing us to overeat. It is often difficult to realize you are dehydrated, by the time you are thirsty you are already dehydrated.

    See also the article Drink Water to Lose Weight

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  2. Get good quality sleep

    One of the most serious sleep deprivation effects for weight – it drops metabolism by 10%. It increases our levels of hunger hormones (grehlin) and decreases the hormone that signals satiety (leptin).

    Good quality sleep means includes the slow wave sleep we enjoy in the first couple of sleep cycles. This is the deep restorative sleep. Folk lore says the sleep you get before midnight is the most important; this is probably why.

    Sleep deprivation also increases cortisol, which reduces testosterone (along with our ability to stay lean)

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  3. Master stress

    Chronic Stress increases cortisol and adrenaline, which in turn release blood fat, sugar and insulin. This potent cocktail lowers testosterone, decreases muscle mass and increases body fat – particularly belly fat.

    Cortisol interferes with appetite control, while insulin is the fat storing hormone.

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  4. Take acetyl l carnitine

    Acetyl l carnitine is an amino acid needed to transport fatty acids into the mitochondria for generating energy. About 1,000 – 3,000mg is the suggested dosage.

    • Many people have difficulty remembering to take supplements. Taking anything now and again gets miserable results. Create a good habit with mental rehearsal and anchoring techniques.
  5. Get plenty of oxygen

    We need oxygen to generate most of our bodies energy needs (ATP). More oxygen from deep breathing, fresh air and moderate exercise improves metabolism.

    The most powerful way to increase oxygen is increasing lung capacity. This is what fitness is all about. This is one of the most important benefits of aerobic exercise.

    Our lung capacity decreases when we become unfit – running for the train becomes a marathon effort. Smoking and other kinds of pollution also decrease our ability to take in oxygen.

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  6. Normalize your body temperature

    It takes a lot of energy to heat our bodies to 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit, or 37 degrees Celsius. Increasing your body temperature by 1-degree increases metabolism by 14%. When exercising we increase our body temperature while we are doing it and for a time afterwards.

    Low body temperature is not always due to an underactive thyroid. This report suggests low body temperature is a symptom of a toxic system and suggests a program that includes increased fibre/pectin, probiotics, turmeric, ginger as well as plenty of exercise.