Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Workout Wednesday: Maximizing Your Metabolism Part II

A couple of weeks ago, I talked about increasing your metabolism through exercise and diet.  However, as we age, our bodies naturally begin to move toward a more catabolic (breakdown) rather than anabolic metabolism. While diet and exercise help, sometimes they might not be enough.  After 40, many people have a more difficult time exercising because of pain, slow recovery or lack of energy.  I'd like to talk about a few supplements that might help if you are in this situation.  As always, check with a qualified health practitioner if you are not healthy or if you are taking any medications.

I've talked a lot about antioxidants over the last couple of months.  Well, here they are again.  Taking an antioxidant formula in addition to eating a diet high in fruits and vegetables can help reduce free radical damage and boost the immune system.  This will help with faster recovery and more energy.  Be sure to choose a whole food supplement without fillers.  Also, make sure there is a variety of antioxidants (flavonoids, vitamin A, C and E, anthocyanins, etc.).

Another challenge of getting older is blood sugar imbalances.  If our blood sugar is out of whack, this can affect our energy and our eating habits.  Reduce or eliminate sugar and sweets from your diet.  If you have serious issues, try to even avoid too much sweet fruit and focus more on vegetables and good fats.  Chromium is an essential mineral for helping the body to maintain normal blood sugar levels.  Find a good chromium supplement at your health food store and incorporate this into your diet.  Many studies have found that most Americans are deficient in chromium.

Next, consider taking a good B complex, or at least Vitamins B6 and B12.  B vitamins are important for many functions in the body, including energy production and metabolism.  By taking a whole food, plant-based supplement, you are ensuring that your body is getting these important vitamins.  You may notice a big difference in your energy and mood almost immediately.  I certainly did.

A few more supplements you may want to consider for your metabolism and overall health are Coenzyme Q10 (a powerful antioxidant found in the mitochondria of each of your cells), Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA) (another antioxidant that may also help with weight loss), and 7-Keto (a DHEA metabolite that can help with energy and metabolism).  Be sure to stick to the recommended doses and do your own research on these supplements to find any personal contraindications.

If you're not getting the results that you want with your health and your exercise routine, supplementation might be the answer.  Be healthy!

Mystic Merman

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