Author Amy Rushlow published a Yahoo! Article illuminating three ways to repair your metabolism and maintain optimal health. Rushlow explains that the primary reasons for a slow metabolism are daily stressors that affect our central nervous system. The sympathetic nervous system is what responds to stress, ultimately resulting in a fast release of stress hormones and slowed digestion. In addition, she says a loss of muscle mass significantly slows down metabolism in correspondence with age. Rushlow writes that the best ways to speed up a slow metabolism is to slow down one’s daily routine, practice resistance training to rebuild muscle mass, and keep a positive mindset when consuming foods so your brain can signal healthy hormones to aid the digestive system.
Nancy Ellen is a nutritionist, massage therapist, and health advocate. She has been in the health and wellness industry for 30 years. She states that she has spent most of her time studying and practicing health in Los Angeles, in addition to studying in Santa Barbara and on the island of Hawai’i.
Ellen’s advice to those who want to boost their metabolism is to keep your immune system maintained and to utilize vitamins and minerals to keep your circulatory system and, entire body as a whole, regular.
“Nourish your cells and strengthen your immune system to fight disease, sickness, and all the things that can possibly deplete your body. Vitamins are key. Metabolism deals with what you are putting into your body, so begin by making sure you are building it up to its full potential. For example, “she explains, “Protein supplements, herbs, and things like exercise that energize your body help to keep your system regular. You can improve circulation through nutrients. Product B complex, vitamin C, and other energy boosts,” she continues, “help to maintain your health so that the body runs more efficiently. It is the same as cleaning out your computer; you clean out an overload of information and it runs faster.”
Consequently, Ellen believes that individuals can reduce their stress levels through exercise, awareness of daily routine choices, and deep breathing exercises, which will ultimately lead to an increased metabolism.
“Walking, especially at a gradual and consistent pace, in addition to resistance training eliminates frustration. Overall, working out and being physically active relieves a great amount of frustration, which in turn, relieves massive amounts of stress. Also,” she states, “deep breathing exercises and occasional massages gets blood circulating and helps to relax muscles to detox impurities and toxins within those muscles. This helps ideally with circulation and movement. In addition, being aware about little things like how you sit at your desk, or choosing to use a proper cushion,” she continues, “will help relieve stress in your body. Be more conscious of how your doing things in every day life. Being aware of daily choices is key.”
Conclusively, Ellen agrees with Rushlow and stresses that positive thinking plays a huge impact on the entire well being of an individual’s health.
“Thought is extremely important for maintaining health. How you think about food, daily life, and the way you live in your environment all plays a role in how you feel. Be sure to set up your routine ahead of time,” she explains, “because you move smoother when you have a well thought out plan of a daily activity. This plan eliminates stress so we can handle the unexpected. This helps us live healthier by visualizing what we really want out of life.”