All the chemical reactions in the body, that keep it dynamic and alive, are known as metabolism.
However, the term often refers to the amount of energy and in many contexts, the calories, used up by a subject. There is a method of measuring the rate of metabolism in a person. Moreover, the correlation between a higher rate of metabolism and a “feel-good factor” is well established.
The direct connection between food and fluid intake on one hand, and the rate of metabolism on the other is a useful tool to safeguard wellness. Hence, it is gainful to understand the resonance between diet and metabolism. The obvious link between certain foods which enhance the rate of metabolism and a zest for living is truly scientific. Let us discuss certain foods which are responsible for the process of revving up one’s metabolism.
In our list, we would certainly begin with foods that are rich in protein, namely, dairy, legumes, nuts, and seeds as also meat, eggs, and fish. It is a fact, that these foods need more energy to be digested and this is known as SDA or Special Dynamic Action of Food, synonymous with Thermic Effect of Food or TEF. Another advantage is a feeling of satiety after a protein-rich meal which prevents the subject from overconsumption.
Foods rich in minerals direct metabolism in an optimal manner and ensure the proper functioning of the hormone system. For example, a diet rich in iron and selenium ensures that thyroid function is optimal.
Research has shown that chili peppers and foods containing a high amount of Capsaicin are capable of reducing appetite and boosting metabolic rate. Coffee is another such dietary inclusion; the active ingredient being of course caffeine. Tea with its significant content of alkaloids and tannins has the capacity to burn up fat. Interestingly, the variety of tea used also matters, with Matcha green tea and Oolong tea topping the list.
Spices like ginger, cinnamon, and garlic as well as Cacao and cocoa certainly help in altering the rate at which foods are burnt in the body system. Studies have clearly demonstrated that apple cider vinegar, seaweed, and MCT (Middle Chain Triglyceride) oil inclusions in the daily intake help the metabolic rate to be higher.
A great manner of maintaining a higher rate of metabolism is to remain hydrated. All metabolism is directed in the body only in the presence of water, hence, dehydration is a condition in which the subject has a subnormal rate of metabolism. The pulse rate is also suppressed.
However, these foods will not negate a high-calorie or poor-quality diet. For effective, lasting weight loss and weight loss maintenance, seek a gradual reduction in calories and one must choose predominantly whole, minimally processed foods.
To sum up, the methodology of cooking, lifestyle intervention of consistent and healthy practices, and a day-to-day exercise regimen are a must. Added to this, most definitely, there has to be the regularity of sleep-wake pattern in a subject’s life so that the foods consumed can be utilized in the best possible manner for good health.
The author acknowledges the use of authentic medical literature to structure this article.
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