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Decoding metabolism is about the sum of all physical and chemical changes taking place in your living cells. It includes all the reactions by which the body obtains and spends the energy from food and more. A healthy metabolism is essential for many aspects of our lives. However, when your metabolism isn't working as it should, it can lead to fatigue, difficulty with weight loss or gain, and even poor digestion.
Everyone has a metabolism, and understanding yours is an important part of your health journey. Your metabolism is how your body converts food into energy, affecting your weight, energy levels, and overall well-being -- and knowing how to keep your metabolism in check is essential for living a healthy life.
So, have you ever wondered what's going on inside that incredible machine known as your body? I have! Ever since I've been diagnosed with high blood pressure, I think about every calorie consumed, every energy spike, and even those afternoon energy lulls are all orchestrated by your metabolism.
I am sure I'm not the only one that think these thoughts, not when you know what this silent killer known as high blood pressure can do to your organs and life. So, let's get started on learning about these illuminating insights to give you a fresh perspective on this internal powerhouse by decoding metabolism.
Think of your metabolism as the grand conductor of an orchestra, directing the tempo, setting the pace, and ensuring everything runs in perfect harmony. It governs how our body converts food into energy, ensuring our organs function and letting us enjoy everything from a morning jog to a peaceful night's sleep. If our body were a company, metabolism would be the CEO, calling the shots and ensuring everything's on track.
Even in full couch-potato mode, your body is hard at work. BMR represents the number of calories our bodies burn at rest. This is the energy needed for the most basic functions, like breathing and keeping our heart ticking. It's like the idle speed of a car; even when parked, the engine's still running.
Ever blamed your slow metabolism on your family tree? Genetics indeed play a role, but there's more to the story. Age, muscle mass, hormonal balance, and stress levels can influence your metabolic rate. It's a mix of nature and nurture.
The web is swamped with hacks to rev up metabolism, but not all stand up to scrutiny. However, some tried-and-true methods can give your internal engine a bit more oomph:
Ever felt warmer after a spicy meal or a hearty feast? That's the thermic effect of food at work. Our bodies need energy to digest, absorb, and process our meals. So, every bite you take requires some effort to break down. It's like giving your internal furnace more wood to burn. This is a very good example on decoding metabolism!
The relationship between metabolism and weight is intricate. While a faster metabolism can help burn calories quickly, it's just one piece of the puzzle. Dr. Joel Fuhrman, who is very passionate about metabolism, caution individuals on the speeding up of their metabolic rates so that they can eat more calories without getting fat, is just aging themself. Total calorie intake, diet quality, physical activity, and even emotional health are essential in determining body weight. It's all about equilibrium and finding what makes your body feel its best.
As you now realize countless elements go into a healthy metabolism, and understanding how these puzzle pieces fit together is the first step in ensuring a healthy, working metabolism that helps you feel energized and well.
The more we understand and appreciate metabolism, the better we can align our lifestyle to support this fantastic internal process. But how does decoding metabolism relates to metabolic syndrome?
When metabolic syndrome was first mentioned to me it was in the 1990s and I didn’t have a clue as to what my doctor was saying. So, I looked at him as if he was crazy and said what the hell is that. At times these doctors describe or inform you on a diagnosis that’s way over your head.
Of course, when I got home I looked it up – back then you didn’t have Google so you searched in an encyclopedia – those books are no longer around.
Medically it said its “a cluster of biochemical and physiological abnormalities associated with the development of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes”. What!!!!
Medically metabolic syndrome is described in my Nutrition Concepts and Controversies, from my College Educational book, as a combination of characteristic factors of high fasting blood glucose or insulin resistance, central obesity, hypertension, low blood, HDL cholesterol and elevated blood triglycerides that greatly increase a person’s risk of developing insulin resistance syndrome or syndrome X. Wow that’s a mouthful!!
But in essence metabolic syndrome is part of the abnormalities that includes hypertension, central obesity, insulin resistance, and atherogenic dyslipidemia. It is strongly associated with the increased risk of developing atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease.
My Mother had just died, and I was diagnosed with elevated blood pressure. High blood pressure can be treated but as far as I know it cannot be cured. Though with the ongoing research on stems utilization I think a cure will become possible.
Now I know high blood pressure is a lifestyle disease but its also part of the metabolic syndrome family that includes high blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist, and abnormal cholesterol levels. The syndrome increases a person's risk for heart attack and stroke. Aside from a large waist circumference, most of the disorders associated with metabolic syndrome have no symptoms and frequently diagnose in African Americans.
First you have to be diagnosed with three of the five risk factors to be considered experiencing metabolic syndrome. The five risk factors are:
The good news is that with changes to diet and exercise, you can prevent, control, or even reverse metabolic syndrome. If you don't, you could develop significant health risks related to diabetes, heart disease, and stroke as part of the condition.
Here's a FYI insight you should know. Do you know that the increase in insulin resistance that happens as you age is due to increasing fat rather than simply being an inevitable consequence of aging? Aging is associated with metabolic syndrome, which includes high blood pressure, increased insulin resistance and diabetes.
Salt sensitivity is listed as a cause of high blood pressure in metabolic syndrome. It shows its presence in increased abdominal fat due to being overweight, high levels of the fat triglyceride and LDL (bad) cholesterol, and low levels of the good (HDL) cholesterol.
Food naturally has about ten percent of your salt. So ninety percent of your salt consumption is between you and the food industry.
There is no way I could end this webpage without mentioning we have the power to impact metabolic syndrome. Elevated free fatty acid levels (due to obesity or to high-fat feeding) cause insulin resistance in skeletal muscle and liver, which contributes to the development of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM), and produce low-grade inflammation, which contributes to the development of atherosclerotic vascular diseases and NAFLD ..
You can reverse Insulin Resistance with intermittent fasting. Intermittent fasting is the best insulin resistance diet to help your cells respond to insulin. ... Your cells respond by receiving the glucose from your bloodstream. This gives you the energy you need, and you don't pack on body fat.
You are not what you eat – You are what you do with what you eat.
As we age our digestive tract loses the ability to tolerate the effects of excess calories. If digestion is incomplete the body cannot extract all the nutrients in our food. Aside from causing bloating and gas, this can lead to inadequate uptake of critical nutrients, and even malnutrition among older adults.
This human body of yours is made up of fifty trillion cells, coordinating billions of chemical reactions in each cell every second.
It is really your vision and hopes for the future that will heal you and draw you forward. Remember your cells keep replacing themselves daily, the outer layer of your skin regenerates every month, and every three months you completely rebuild and replace your blood supply.
Every ten years adults completely rebuild and remodel every bone in the body.
So, the next time you feel that burst of energy after your morning oats or notice your muscles responding to a new workout routine, take a moment to appreciate all your body does to keep you going.
With such a wide range of factors that determines health, we now know we are in a health crisis and we’re about to change all that.
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