Truth and myths about metabolism

Published 11:45 am Friday, June 8, 2012

These days you can hardly pick up any health book or magazine without reading something about “How to raise your metabolism.” That stuff’s everywhere. Thing is, most of the information is either  misleading, half-truths or just wrong.
Today, I’m going to share with you what will help boost your metabolism and what won’t.
First, what is metabolism? Metabolism comes from the Greek words “metabole” (change) and “metabolismos” (outthrow), and is a series of chemical reactions that happen to all living organisms to sustain life, including digestion and transport of materials to and between cells.
When is comes to fat loss, think of it this way. Fat is the fuel, your liver is the furnace. Your thyroid is the thermostat, and your metabolism is the rate of heat. High metabolism, high heat, lots of fat burned. Low metabolism, low heat, not much fat burned.
Some say as we age our metabolism automatically goes down. That’s not in and of itself very accurate. While it’s true our bodies do burn 2 to 5 percent fewer calories with each decade after age 40, there are still things we can do to raise our metabolism at any age. Here are a few.
1) Drink the right amount of water. Remember, all your body’s chemical reactions, including metabolism, depend on water. Just being dehydrated alone, you may be burning 2 percent fewer calories.
Cool water will help you burn even more calories, because your body has to heat the cool water to your body’s regular temperature. One caution though, you can drink too much water. Water leaches out minerals (electrolytes) responsible for muscle contraction, so too much could cause muscle cramps.
Also, if you were to drink two gallons in one sitting it could actually kill you by making your brain swell.

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