Total Body Wellness: How to Rev up Your Metabolism PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ashley Berlin   
Saturday, 12 June 2010 08:58

Total Body Wellness: How to Rev up Your Metabolism
If you want your metabolism to work with you in slimming down, read on to find out the fitness insider's secrets to what makes it happen.



I can't remember the first time I heard the word metabolism. But I do know that I've heard it said many times over the years, and it's usually in the context of a mystery. Most people understand their metabolism as clearly as the season finale of "Lost."


Today, I'd like to give you the tools to harness the magical power of your metabolism. First of all, let's talk about what it is. In science-y terms, it's the set of chemical reactions that happen in living organisms to maintain life. It's your body's engine. And all the chemical reactions of your metabolism are organized and carried out by things called enzymes. Enzymes are the bees to your body's beehive.


The key to understanding your metabolism revolves completely around enzymes. They are the catalysts behind the body's energy-using chemical reactions that cannot occur without them. Enzymes also make sure that those chemical reactions happen quickly and efficiently. Have you ever heard someone say they have a slow metabolism? They are in desperate need of enzymes, stat.


Think about enzymes as a bank account that you have to keep making deposits into. They help functions like tissue repair, cell turnover and growth, so you will look and feel younger when you have the proper amount of enzymes. If you're enzyme deficient, you won't have the proper reactions for removing waste products in your body, which will lead to toxins building up, and you'll look older and weathered. Let's be honest, when's the last time you wanted someone to say you looked weathered?


So are you ready to rev up your metabolism? There are two ways to get enzymes. One way is through an enzyme supplement and the second and absolute best source of enzymes are in raw fruits and veggies. When you eat cooked or processed foods, your body demands a high amount of enzymes to digest them. Enough cooked and processed foods without many raw fruits and vegetables, and you'll wind up enzyme deficient.


I'm going to let you in on one of BEAT Personal Training's trade secrets. We've talked a lot about raw vegetables in a number of different articles now, so much so that you might just think our staff and clients are starting to grow stems. Most people feel like they cannot get in the six servings of veggies they need every single day. No kidding, most days I feel like that too, unless I have my juice (and not the Sammy Sosa kind). We're talking about the turning a sink full of veggies into a few glasses of juice, kind of juice. At BEAT, we encourage our clients who want optimal health to juice fruits and vegetables.


You only need two things to get started, one is a juicer. Yes, the thing that Jack Lalanne made famous. Second, fruits and vegetables. We've tried lots of juicers and we do have a fantastic BEAT juicing recipe. For the next two weeks, any Cincy Chic readers who would like our recipe, our recommendation on juicers or any answers to juicing questions, I invite you to send me an e-mail and I'll happily pass this important information along to you.


For some of you, it might work best just to start slow. Grab some OJ and mix it with the juice from carrots and spinach. Always try to incorporate something green into your juice and mix vegetables, colors and even herbs into recipes. Because of the vitamin and mineral content in juice, you'll feel less hungry because you're giving your body the nutrients that it's asking for, instead of empty calories. Go ahead, give your metabolism the kick-start it needs!



Ashley Berlin -

Ashley Berlin is the health and fitness columnist for Cincy Chic and the owner of BEAT Personal Training in West Chester. Want more information about something you read here? Send her an e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .Read More >>

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