What does your metabolic health have to do with blood sugar balance? And what are the BEST FOODS for boosting your metabolism?
1) Being diagnosed with METABOLIC SYNDROME means that you are experiencing at least 3 of these 5 symptoms: excessive abdominal fat, high blood pressure, high triglyceride levels, low HDL cholesterol levels, and insulin resistance.
2) Your metabolic rate is basically the amount of energy that your system burns over a given period of time. It’s comprised of three main factors: your Basal Metabolic Rate (B.M.R.), Exercise Activity, and Thermogenesis, or the thermic effect of food.
3) Quinoa is a popular gluten-free, lower-carb alternative to rice, and it’s been shown to aid with insulin secretion, blood sugar stabilization, and it plays an integral role in activating enzymes which boost metabolism.
4) Fenugreek are edible brown seeds which can aid appetite management and fat burning. This food can also lower your triglycerides and supply anti-inflammatory benefits.
5) Oysters are low-carb, low-calorie, and they are a great source of iodine. Your thyroid gland helps control your metabolism, and it needs iodine to function properly.
6) Research shows that consuming 2 grams of ginger powder with hot water can actually help you burn an extra 43 calories versus drinking water alone. Other studies show that type 2 diabetics who consumed 2 grams of ginger powder per day lowered their fasting glucose levels by an average of 12%.
7) Drinking half a liter of water can increase resting metabolism by 10 – 30%, and, perhaps, even up to 40%! Plus, drinking water before a meal can help manage your appetite and may keep you from over-eating unhealthy, metabolism-slowing junk foods.
8) Coffee is another liquid which can aid your metabolism. In fact, multiple studies show that the caffeine within coffee can boost your metabolic rate by as much as 11%.
9) Studies have shown that cocoa and its derived extracts activate the genes responsible for burning fat. And animal studies found that dietary cocoa has the ability to lessen obesity-related inflammation.
10) Chili peppers are an excellent source of capsaicin, a compound which has the ability to boost thermogenesis, thereby increasing your metabolic rate.