Here’s a test: define metabolism. Go ahead, what is it? If you said it’s how fast you burn calories, you’re partially right. Your metabolic rate does determine the number of calories your body burns. But your metabolism governs more than just your metabolic rate. It also keeps everything in balance – like your blood sugar, cholesterol, triglycerides, and blood pressure.
When metabolism goes wrong In ideal circumstances, your metabolism works like a well-oiled machine. You get energy in the form of food. The body breaks carbohydrates down into sugar. The sugar is transported out of the blood and into the cells by the hormone insulin. Simple.
But most of us don’t lead ideal lives. We tend to eat diets high in simple carbohydrates (like bread, rice, and pastries), which cause a rapid spike in blood sugar levels. In response, the pancreas secretes loads of insulin. That’s okay occasionally, but when we consistently eat simple carbs, so much insulin is flooded into the system that we can eventually become resistant to it. Only 12% of Americans are metabolically healthy. (Source) That’s why it’s so important to learn how to lower blood sugar.
Balance your blood sugar
There are a number of things you can do to support normal blood sugar levels. Exercising regularly and eating a healthy diet top the list. But natural supplements can also help. Your friendly neighborhood nutritional therapist (like me 😉) would love to help you figure this out!
When you balance your blood sugar, you’re investing in your long-term health. But you also get short-term benefits, like higher energy levels and an easier time losing weight.
Love your heart If you’re resistant to insulin, chances are it’s putting a strain on your heart. That’s why any program aimed at supporting optimal metabolism will also address cardiovascular health.
Give yourself a good foundation Your body can survive even the most nutritionally deficient diet. But for your metabolism to really thrive, it needs a multitude of vitamins and minerals – in just the right quantities.