Tuesday, March 13, 2012

5 Metabolism Boosters

I cam across a great post today by Vega and Peggy K that I wanted to share with you. Here are some of the best holostic metabolism boosters (copied straight from the source). I drink Yerba Maté tea sometimes and think that I'm going to start drinking it more often. It pretty much tastes like green tea and has a good amount of caffeine. I also try to regularly add kelp and cayenne pepper into my diet. You can buy kelp granules (pictured below) at a health food store and add to your salad/soup or other food just like salt. They are pretty salty so don't add extra salt. I especially like kelp on my salad with an olive-oil based dressing, I think the tastes go really well together. You can add cayenne pepper to just about anything you want to add some heat to. But be careful! It's really hot and I've made the mistake of adding too much into recipes before. Go for just a pinch or 1/8 teaspoon. I haven't tried SaviSeeds or Yacon syrup yet.

1. Yerba Maté

Yerba maté is a South American herb that researchers have indicated could be beneficial as a weight loss aid, possibly due to its caffeine or saponin content, or its reported effect of creating a sense of satiety. Swap out your daily coffee for a fresh brew of yerba maté tea for an energy kick and metabolism boost before a workout.

2. SaviSeeds

SaviSeeds (also called Sacha Inchi seeds), are found in the plush, star-shaped green fruit of the sacha inchi vine, grown in the Peruvian Amazon rainforest. These tiny seeds contain the winning weight-loss trio of protein, omega-3 and fiber. Savi Seeds are the highest known plant-based source of Omega-3 fatty acids on the planet—and they’re a great source of plant-based protein. Omega-3s help mobilize stored fats aiding in weight-loss, while protein increases caloric burn rate. Plus, protein coupled with high fiber content will help satiate hunger keeping you feeling full for hours.

3. Yacon syrup

Who would have thought a sweetener could help you lose weight? It can! In fact, this sweetener can help lower your body mass index, control blood sugar levels and shrink your waist circumference. How is that possible? Yacon syrup has a high concentration of fructooligosaccharide (FOS), which act as a pre-biotic fibre that gives the full feeling without any calories. A study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition indicated that yacon syrup had a significant decrease in body weight, waist circumference, body mass index and serum insulin levels in pre-menopausal women. In addition, the fiber in yacon helps to increase satiety, helping you to feel fuller, longer.

4. Kelp

Your thyroid gland is directly responsible for your metabolism, so an underactive thyroid can make it nearly impossible to lose weight. Normal, healthy thyroid function relies heavily on dietary iodine. Kelp is a rich source of iodine, so including kelp in your diet can support thyroid function by helping overcome iodine deficiencies; a healthy thyroid regulates metabolism, and a healthy metabolism can help shed some unwanted pounds.

5. Cayenne pepper

When taken regularly, studies suggest an association between capsaicin consumption—the active compound in cayenne pepper—and an increase in thermogenesis (the production of heat in your body). Diet-induced thermogenesis has been shown to help facilitate weight loss; however, it is necessary to clarify that a sprinkle of cayenne will not magically cause weight loss, but rather acts as a catalyst for weight loss to occur. Regular use of cayenne pepper can be a fantastic tool to help increase metabolism and facilitate weight loss alongside a healthy balanced diet and an active lifestyle.

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