How To Boost Your Metabolism

There are many ways to boost your metabolism. But first of all, what do we really mean by metabolism? In the simplest sense, metabolism is how the body orchestrates a series of chemical processes that enable you to grow, breathe, and regularly eradicate waste by-products from the inside out.

For example, digesting your food is a part of metabolism. However, it is just an intermediary portion. For the body needs the food in order to generate fuel and enable the minute cells in the body to get the daily sustenance for the conduct of processes like the proper distribution of oxygen.

So the long and the short of it is that without metabolism, no living organism can live. Metabolism can also be broken down into three key processes. The first is the conversion of food to energy. Second is the conversion of food into building blocks of protein, vital acids, and other biochemical internal structures vital to life. The last process is the simplest to understand and yet is a complicated process: the elimination of bodily wastes.

Having said all this, in a nutshell, your metabolism determines if you are alive or dead; if you are fast or slow; and, if you are healthy or sick. No one has exactly the same metabolism. For example, some people have a faster metabolism than others.

Such will explain why they are slim or fat; tall or short. Two key concepts to understand in regards to metabolism are catabolism and anabolism. In bodybuilding terms, the first process is the breaking down of mass, which results in a lean individual or someone who is unable to grow muscle. On the other hand, anabolism is the bulking effect such as when a thin adolescent grows into what is usually known as an alpha male or female.

How to boost your metabolism? There are many ways. Eating as much as possible 24 different nutrients in any given meal is of utmost importance. As you can see, boosting metabolism is the same as having a healthy diet. While there are vegetarians or vegans among us, in the final analysis, the body needs all food groups in order to thrive.

Vegetables, meats, milk products, eggs, carbohydrates, fats, vegetables, and fruits all have a part to play in our daily survival. A recent article on CNN mentioned a rather poignant fact about how most people have a flawed version of metabolism. The article argues that ultimately, it is not so important what humans are eating.

Far more important is what we are failing to eat. For example, we are warned to abstain from ingesting too much sugar, red meat, or even carbohydrates. However, the body still needs some of these things in order for metabolism to go on unhampered. For instance, the body naturally looks for carbohydrates before it can start to process the proteins or fats that you ingest.

And so in the name of a fully functioning metabolism, a balanced diet is passed. In fact, eating diverse or many different nutrients is the new balanced diet. For the bottom line is, the more diverse the nutrients that you take on a daily basis, the better off your metabolism will be.

Finally, antioxidants have a vital role to play in the third metabolism process that is often ignored–that of processing internal waste products. Fruits like apples, strawberries, blueberries and the like are vital to nutrition because these foods are essentially antioxidants. As such, they help eliminate the so-called free radicals or cells in the body that have become useless because they have lost their vital charge.

Cells are the smallest unit of metabolism. The average body contains some 37 million cells. These need to be charged in order to perform their daily functions. Aside from the free radicals, cancer cells or cells that keep multiplying are the mortal enemies of successful metabolism.