Do you ever feel sluggish or tired even right after you’ve just woken up? This could be a sign that your metabolism isn’t working at its most efficient level. This may lead to a negative cycle of restlessness and difficulty sleeping, loss of energy, or even depression. Not to mention that it can be more difficult to lose weight with 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 every-day foods that can help to correct and boost your metabolism naturally.
This iconic “health food” actually lives up to its reputation. Broccoli is a 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.
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.
So the saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” may actually have some truth – at least when it comes to boosting metabolism, adding vitamins, and supporting the digestive tract.
Metabolism Boost Juice
Try this juice blend to get your broccoli benefits which is rich in vitamins K and C, potassium and folic acid. It also includes celery which reduces bloating and improves digestion, and apples for some healthy pectin, plus lemon which has a detoxifying affect. If you like it spicy, you could add a little cayenne too!
4 organic broccoli stalks
1 large organic apple (such as granny smith, pink lady or honeycrisp)
2 stalks celery
juice of one lemon
4 large kale leaves
Put all ingredients through a juicer and enjoy!