What is Metabolism? What Affects It? How Can You Increase It?

What is metabolism?  Metabolism is a term used to describe all chemical-based reactions which are directly involved in maintaining the living state of cells in your body and also your human body.

It energizes all your body’s functions to keep you alive. Examples of these include proper functioning of all organs, cell reparation process, proper digestion of foods you consume, and even breathing.

The Two Categories of Metabolism

Metabolism is of two categories:

  • Anabolism – This is the synthesis of compounds needed by cells in your body.
  • Catabolism – This is the breakdown of molecules in your body so as to obtain energy.

Factors That Directly Impact Metabolism

Several unique factors have a direct impact on your body’s metabolism:

Age affects your metabolism the most. As you age, your metabolism slows down. Research shows that for each decade after you turn 40, your metabolism experiences a 5% decrease. This is because your body’s muscle mass starts to decrease.

As we all know, muscle mass helps you to burn off fat, so the lesser you have in your body, the slower you metabolize to burn off fat.

Weight impacts your metabolism in that if you have a large stature, you have more muscle mass than those who are smaller. As a result, you have a higher metabolism than others. This is because you need more energy to move.

Gender Men have much more muscle mass than women. As a result, men burn off calories faster than women.

Heredity influences your metabolism. Most families tend to be consistent in their body sizes and weights. For example, larger-sized parents tend to have larger-sized children.

Nutrients and Energy

Nutrition is the main key to metabolism. The process of metabolism breaks down nutrients to produce energy for your body. Once energy is produced, your body is capable of synthesizing brand new nutrients, a wide range of nucleic acids, and other materials needed to sustain life.

If your body does not have proper nutrition, it cannot break down nutrients such as DNA. That is why many nutrients play a vital role in metabolism, such as:

Carbohydrates – These are powerhouses of energy for your body; found in sugars, starches, and cellulose contained in foods you consume.

Proteins – These are imperative for your body’s development of muscles and tissues. Each cell in your body contains protein, which helps carry oxygen, nitrogen, and DNA in your bloodstream.

Fats – They are capable of producing twice the amount of energy than carbohydrates and/or proteins. Not only does fat help to produce cell structure, it also protects your body’s internal components.

Minerals – They are responsible for proper regulation of your body’s functions. In most instances, minerals are not used for energy; however, they play an important role when it comes to metabolic processes. Examples of minerals used for metabolism include calcium, iron, and sodium.

3 Easy Steps to Increase our Metabolism

Many factors play a role in our metabolism; however, studies now show that there are ways to trick your body into running optimally.

Let’s see how this gonna work out:

  1. If you want to increase metabolism, exercise alone is not enough. But, if you increase your workout speed in 30 second intervals and then decrease it, your body needs to consume higher levels of oxygen. Your cells then force themselves to work harder in order to burn higher levels of energy.

  2. When you consume larger amounts of food products that contain omega-3 fatty acids, your metabolism hikes up. Your body does not produce these fatty acids but they are good for you.

    They help balance blood sugar level and reduce inflammation. They also help reduce resistance of the hormone called “leptin”. All these fire up the process of burning fat and therefore improve your body’s metabolism.

  3. Build more muscle in your body to improve metabolism. Muscle weights a lot more than fat and it also uses more energy. The more muscle you have, the more you burn off fat, which in turn increase your metabolism.

 Transforming Your Body

Metabolism has the unique ability of transforming calories into energy. This in turn reduces your unwanted pounds. It literally impacts every ounce of your being.

Use your knowledge of metabolism to your advantage, to maintain good health and look great! I always say that a well-balanced nutritious diet and exercise are the “must haves” to good health…

And what about metabolism? You need it to “condition” your body to do what it needs to do to burn off fat, build muscles, and transform the nutrients in your body to much needed energy for your internal organs and tissues.

My view is that metabolism is more than just feeling sluggish or full of energy; it is a combination of acts that come together to sustain your life. It makes you look and feel your best!

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