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Speed up my metabolism: Natural vs Quick-fix
How do I speed up my metabolism? This is one of today’s most frequently asked questions.
Just so you know, if you need to speed up your metabolism, you are not alone. Interestingly, over 80% of our lab results reveal slow metabolisms.
However, there are two ways to speeding up your metabolism – naturally or a quick-fix. Let’s compare these two approaches.
Natural – the natural approach to speeding up your metabolism is without doubt the healthiest means. As seen on the metabolism page, your metabolism reveals your energy levels and proclivity toward health and disease.
The natural approach is a “whole system” approach designed to nourish every cell throughout your mind and body. This approach leads to your most optimal metabolic potential.
However, the natural approach is the most challenging because it may require some time (even a few years), difficult lifestyle changes, changing eating habits, and occasional laboratory testing.
Quick-fix – the quick-fix (e.g., pills, drinks, supplements, and on and on) approach is the most popular because everyone desires instantaneous results. This is the typical “treat the symptom” approach now dominating our society. This is why quick-fix energy products now flood the market and stimulatory drugs (legal, prescription, or illicit) are so popular.
The quick-fix approach, as desirable as it may be, does not address the myriad factors that contribute toward a slow metabolism, a lack of energy, or your proclivity toward health and disease. In fact, the quick-fix approach to boost your metabolism may easily contribute toward a further slowing of your metabolism.
If you choose the natural approach, as we always promote, you need too accurately test your metabolism using a nutritional analysis performed in a laboratory. Your nutritional status provides tremendous insight into your current nutrient excesses and deficiencies and removes much of the guesswork.
Our Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis is a nutritional and toxic element analysis and is an excellent starting point because minerals are foundational in nutrition and your metabolism.
Do healthy foods speed up my metabolism?
Institutions, associations, TV doctors, and myriad other sources relentlessly inundate you with arbitrary recommendations about which healthy foods (or supplements) you absolutely need every day. Keep in mind, these are recommended by people and entities that know absolutely nothing about you let alone your specific nutrient needs!
This is one of the most misleading and widely propagated paradoxes in nutrition.
Here’s the paradox.
Every healthy food (only natural and organic of course) will either speed up your metabolism or slow down your metabolism. The desired metabolic effect depends on 3 components of each food that includes,
- nutrient dominance,
- naturally occurring substances,
- and the Specific Dynamic Action of each healthy food.
These components are in every food, good or bad, and are responsible for their actions on your metabolism.
As such, following such blatant recommendations without knowing exactly which nutrients you need to increase or decrease may be quite counterproductive to your metabolic goals.
As with every other health/disease marker (e.g., cholesterol, blood urea nitrogen, glucose, bilirubin, etc.), your actual nutritional/toxin status is only revealed through laboratory analyses.
As stated on the Home page, Our Guarantee: If you are not testing – you are guessing!
Note: You will discover many “healthy foods” you may be currently consuming are actually contributing toward your slow metabolism.
Does exercise speed up my metabolism?
Without doubt, exercise speeds up your metabolism. However, as with healthy foods, exercise is another potential paradox involving your metabolism.
Remember, your adrenal glands and thyroid gland are both energy producing glands that actually work in concert with each other.
With that in mind, here’s the paradox.
If your metabolism is slow, choosing the wrong exercise program (type and duration) may easily contribute toward a further slowing down of your metabolism.
For example, you may have a slow metabolism and at the same time, your adrenals are remaining overactive continually producing stress hormones. Further adrenal stimulation by choosing the wrong exercise will be counterproductive.
On the other hand, your adrenals may be extremely underactive due to, for example, long-term chronic stress. Attempting to squeeze out the last bit of adrenaline with the wrong exercise is also counterproductive. In either instance, your adrenals need to rest and rebuild. You can read more about this in Stress Exercise.
Here again, a metabolic test may prove quite helpful to guide you toward your most beneficial exercise program.
What are some of the potential health effects of a slow metabolism?
A slow metabolism is a broad categorization that does not reflect your metabolic synchronization that may further influence the potential health effects of a slow metabolism. However, the following is a limited example of the potential health effects of a long-term slow metabolism that may include:
- Type B personality
- Fatigue and chronic fatigue
- Low self-esteem
- Arthritis (osteo type)
- Allergies (low histamine)
- Hypoadrenia (Addison’s disease if extreme)
- Infections (viral)
- Yeast infections
- Ulcers (gastric)
- Diabetes (adult onset Type 2)
- Increased cellular immune response
Many of these examples possess tremendous potential for myriad additional symptoms. For example, symptoms of hypotension (low blood pressure) may include dizziness, lightheadedness, fainting, a lack of concentration, blurry vision, nausea, cold skin, clammy skin, rapid and shallow breathing, fatigue, depression, and so on. Source: Mayo Clinic
As another example, symptoms of hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) may include fatigue, increased sensitivity to cold, constipation, dry skin, unexplained weight gain, muscle aches and weakness, high cholesterol, joint problems, menstrual problems, thinning hair, depression, memory problems, and so on. Source: Mayo Clinic
Note: Any symptom, due to nutritional imbalances, may require years or even decades to manifest into a “clinically” diagnosable problem. You simply don’t go from being healthy to diseased in one fell swoop. In addition, an excess or deficiency of any particular nutrient may potentially produce different symptoms or manifestations from one person to another.
How long does it take to speed up my metabolism?
This is a difficult question to answer because it all depends on you. As such, ask yourself the following:
- How long have you been in your current metabolic rate (years or decades)?
- How many toxins are affecting your metabolism (toxic elements and chemicals)?
- How willing are you to change your eating habits (food choices – especially eliminating sugar)?
- How willing are you to change unhealthy lifestyle habits (reduce/eliminate stressors, etc.)?
- How patient are you (days, weeks, months, or years)?
These are just a few important questions to keep in mind while deciding on any program designed to speed up your metabolism naturally.
Remember, a natural approach to any problem does not produce instant results; however, it is an important step toward your long-term metabolic goals.
Note: If you follow our program diligently, you may begin to notice or feel changes within a few weeks. This is normally due to the elimination of sugars in your healthy eating plan as well as consuming healthy foods specific to your nutrient needs.
Can a hair analysis help speed up my metabolism?
As seen throughout our website, a hair analysis (properly performed and interpreted) may provide tremendous insight into many facets of your mind/body health. This includes your metabolism.
By knowing your current nutritional/toxic elements levels (excesses or deficiencies), our Profile 2 analyses include recommendations for healthy foods to increase as well as healthy foods to avoid.
The analysis also include dietary supplement recommendations if you so choose to consume supplements.
These recommendations are specific to your current metabolic (mineral) profile.
We also include a phone consultation (normally 30 minutes to 1 hour) with our Profile 2 hair analyses. As such, if you have any questions (stress levels, exercise, and so on); we are here to answer your questions.
Are you ready to speed up your metabolism naturally?
Order your Trace Elements Inc. Profile 2 hair analysis today.
Additional pages that may interest you:
- Improve my Energy: How it works.
- Stress: How does stress affect your nutrition?
- Symptoms: Are symptoms accurate indicators of nutritional imbalances?
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