The following is a guest column, and while we understand the author’s simple approach, we are of the knowledge and understanding that this does not go far enough. It is a simple offering, and in numerous respects – too simple – however, we do urge you to read this short presentation – but do click on the link to Dr. Kelley’s renowned book, where according the Weston Price Foundation, you will find the key to “the greatest advancement in the field in 150 years.” ~ Ed.
When most people hear ‘metabolism,’ they think of the body’s ability to burn fat. But the metabolism is so much more – by definition – the metabolism is the chemical process of converting foods to energy need to sustain life. The more efficient your metabolism is – the better you feel.
Metabolic efficiency means your body’s systems are working together and can affect not only weight, but blood pressure and sugar levels, stress and anxiety and overall energy levels.
Many things go into what makes your metabolism efficient: age, gender, activity level and genetics. So there’s not a one-size fits all solution to achieving metabolic efficiency. Metabolisms vary from person to person and are the key indicator of why health and wellness plans are not providing the desired results. After all, everybody is different and responds differently to dietary, physical and mental interventions.
The good news is that just about everyone is capable of becoming more metabolically efficient, even if the steps to get their are not the same.
Achieving metabolic efficiency starts with a metabolic test. These tests can be active, typically performed while running on a treadmill or riding a stationary bike or while resting and measuring calories burned, oxygen consumption and other insight to your metabolic functions.
Data from metabolic tests pinpoint inefficiencies iin nutrition, movement and breathing. These are the main contributors to achieving metabolic efficiency.
The fuel you put into your body plays the biggest role in effecting your metabolism. Eating for your metabolism (or, Metabolic Type ~ Ed.) can and will be different for different people, but for the most part, it’s important to follow a low carbohydrate, high fat, moderate protein meal pattern. The more varied your food choices, the more likely you will meet needs for the vitamins, minerals, and other micro-nutrients required for optimal health.
Movement refers to all physical activity, from your posture while sitting in fron of a computer to running on a treadmill. Of course, exercise is part of movement, but not all movement is exercise, and it’s important to be mindful of healthy movement in all aspects of your life – not just when you hit the gym. Engaging on low-grade, constant movement throughout the day helps to keep your energy levels (ahem, metabolism) up!
Breath control can be a powerful tool to support overall mental and physical well-being. Like food, oxygen is a fuel for your body and necessary to produce energy. Practicing controlled breathing helps to increase oxygen levels, strengthen muscles and boost metabolism.
By eating the right foods (for your Metabolic Type ~ Ed.), staying active and using breath control, along with knowledge of your unique metabolic makeup (type), you can be well on your way to achieving metabolic efficiency.
Written by Anna Sparks, Founder and President of Sparks Systems ~ June 2019