5 Foods That Boost Your Metabolism
Have you ever been so tired and fatigued that it literally hurts to keep your eyes open? Does running errands for yourself and family make you feel like coming home and falling straight in the middle of the floor? It can all feel like a long marathon.
Many of us have experienced this type of fatigue and are in need of a boost that will kick our metabolism back in gear! According to the Mayo Clinic, metabolism is the process by which your body converts what you eat and drink into energy.
When we’re constantly running around without fueling our body with the proper nutrition, our bodies respond with low energy and fatigue. If you need a boost and want to try something new, here are 5 foods that keep your metabolism up and running so that you are filled with energy throughout the day.
1. Egg Whites
Egg whites are one of the top sources of protein, ranking up there with lean meat, poultry and fish. More than half of a full egg’s 6g of protein comes from the white. Egg whites are rich in branched-chain amino acids, which keep your metabolism charged, says Chicago nutritionist David Grotto, RDN. Eggs are also loaded with protein and vitamin D.
2. Lean Meats
Lean meats are rich sources of protein that the body needs to build muscles, maintain organs and produce bodily fluids. The body needs to have an adequate supply of proteins to repair damaged cells. This is important during pregnancy and childhood. Proteins are the building blocks of the body. They are used to build the bones, skin and hormones. Protein is also a good source of calories that humans use to move freely. Iron is important in increasing energy in the body. Iron from animal meat is easily absorbed by the body compared to other food sources. People who lack iron may experience fatigue, weakness, pallor and irritability. It is important that people have adequate amounts of iron to prevent the body from becoming weak.
Water is an essential nutrient, and an important part of healthy eating. The body needs water to perform a number of vital functions. Water keeps the body’s delicate electrolyte balance intact and carries nutrients to the cells so that they can function properly. Drinking water can boost your body’s ability to burn fat. Drinking a good amount of water also lowers your risk of a heart attack. A six-year study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology found that people who drank more than five glasses of water a day were 41 percent less likely to die from a heart attack during the study period than those who drank less than two glasses.
Lentils are a good source of many vitamins, including vitamin B3, which plays a significant role in boosting the digestive and nervous systems. Vitamin B3 offers many other benefits, including cholesterol control, a decreased risk of Alzheimer’s disease, cataracts, osteoarthritis, and diabetes. About 20 percent of women are iron deficient, which is bad news for your waistline. Your body can’t work as efficiently to burn calories when it’s missing what it needs to work properly. One cup of lentils provides 35 percent of your daily iron needs.
5. Green Tea
Green tea helps to increase metabolic rates and speed up fat oxidation. It is known for its role as an antioxidant. Antioxidants help to prevent the formation of free radicals that cause many diseases, such as cancer. “Tea flavonoids appear to be very potent antioxidants,” says Abdul G. Dulloo, a researcher at the University of Geneva, Switzerland, and lead author of the study published in the current issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. “A significant body of research has shown that diets rich in flavonoids found in tea, fruits, and vegetables are associated with decreased risk of chronic disease and cancer, heart disease, and stroke. Green tea has thermogenic properties and promotes fat oxidation beyond that explained by its caffeine content per se.”
These foods are just some of the many for boosting your metabolism for increased energy. Try these suggestions and let us know how your energy has raised!
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