Metabolism refers to the countless chemical processes going on continuously inside the body that allow life and normal functioning. As we get older, our metabolism slows, and it becomes more and more important to look after the needs of your body and keep active. Understanding how everything works together is critical.
Food and Metabolism
How do you keep a healthy metabolism you ask? Sleeping and exercise are two of the best ways to stay healthy and alert, but paying attention to your diet is crucial. Your diet works along side rest and exercise to create a perfect harmony of energy in and out of your body. There are various foods to boost metabolism including foods high in calcium and those that have omega-3 fatty acids. Staying away from sugar filled soda, energy drinks, and other processed foods that threaten healthy bodily functions and disrupt the body's natural balance is just as important.
Exercise and Metabolism
Without a doubt you’re going to need exercise if you want to stay healthy. Given our sedentary lifestyles, it has become more and more important to exercise in order to burn off extra calories. The challenge you put your body through during exercise, and subsequent rest afterwards, is what will get your metabolism in shape (along with your body).
Muscle and Metabolism
Gaining muscle inevitably means your resting metabolic rate (calories burn while doing nothing) increases while you’re asleep. The more muscle you have, the more efficiently your body performs, and the more calories your body is likely to burn at rest. When resting, your body repairs and rebuilds muscle. By the time the process is complete, the muscle has become slightly stronger.
In order to achieve these benefits, you do not need to be "muscular" or "big." Regular exercise with some resistance training built in (bands, calisthenics, or weights) will increase the muscle mass in your body in a meaningful way on the inside.
Age and Metabolism
Getting older is a real inconvenience for us all. As you age, your metabolism inevitably slows down. Don’t let this dishearten you. With a can do attitude and some motivation, you’ll be amazed by how easy it is to keep your body in shape. By the time you reach the age of 20, you’re looking at a natural decrease in your body’s resting metabolic rate of roughly 1-2% per decade.
Fortunately, this can be countered with strength training. Upon reaching your mid-40s, however, there’s also a decrease in muscle mass. It’s common to become overweight as you age because of this stoppage in growth. For this reason, it’s important to stick to a training routine throughout your entire life.
Genetics and Metabolism
There are hundreds of different inborn errors of metabolism. Because these conditions are so varied, it’s important to seek out a metabolic genetic counsellor who can explain the testing process, results, and details of a specific diagnosed disease. Medical terms such as disorders of amino acid, glycogen storage disorders, and organic acid metabolism are all aspects of genetic metabolism.
These cases are quite uncommon but collectively amount for approximately 15% of single gene disorders. Infants with autism or intolerance to certain foods, as well as those with regression of motor, cognitive, or language skills can all benefit from seeing a genetic metabolic counsellor.
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