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» 5 Telltale Signs You Have a Slow Metabolism (and How to Speed It Up!)
» Understanding Why Your Health History Is Critical to Excellent Chiropractic Care
» Are Arthritis Sufferers Hesitating to Pursue Relief?
» Stop Drinking Soda & Coffee for Energy – Climb the Stairs Instead!

5 Telltale Signs You Have a Slow Metabolism (and How to Speed It Up!)

5 Telltale Signs You Have a Slow Metabolism

(and How to Speed It Up!)

 

 

Everyone has a friend or family member born with a naturally high metabolism. They can eat what they like, do mild exercise, and stay fit and healthy. But for the rest of us, weight loss can be extremely hard, especially if we are suffering from a slow metabolism. 

If you are doing exercise and dieting but still failing to lose weight, it could be down to a slow metabolism. Below, we discuss five telltale signs of slow metabolism and how to solve them.

  1. Weight Gain

Unexplained weight gain does not necessarily come from overeating. In fact, it can be quite the opposite. Eating too few calories can actually slow down your metabolism.

This is because the body senses that food is limited. As such, the rate it burns calories becomes lower. As such, excess calories take longer to get rid of and use as energy.

If you feel this may be the case, begin to increase your calorie intake gently over the next 6 weeks. Take your measurements and see if the increase has actually made you lose weight. 

For anyone who is piling on the pounds but conducting a regime of healthy eating and exercises, there could be an underlying problem. This could be a sign of hyperthyroidism. This is a condition where a lack of hormones from the thyroid gland slows down the body’s metabolism. 

Any surgery should be able to do a thyroid check. Al it takes is a simple blood test and the results will be back in a few days. It can be corrected with prescription hormone pills. 

  1. Slow Metabolism Fatigue

One sure way to tell if you have a slow metabolism is tiredness. Though it may also be attributed to a number of other factors, sorting out your sleep will undoubtedly help kick-start your metabolism.

As your body is burning energy at a much slower rate, you are lacking the vital products you need to keep going. This results in a constant feeling of fatigue. 

To avoid this, make sure you are getting a full night’s sleep. That sleep should be good quality, deep, unbroken sleep. Studies have shown that a lack of sleep does decrease your metabolic rate.

There are a number of reasons why you may not be getting enough sleep, and you should address these or discuss them with a doctor. Try to avoid sleeping in the day if at all possible, so your body can establish a pattern for sleep. You should be aiming to establish a circadian rhythm. 

A lack of sleep can also result in a higher risk of contracting illnesses such as heart disease and diabetes. It can also impact your mental health, which may also cause problems with your metabolic rate. 

  1. Bad Skin and Hair

A slow metabolism inhibits the supply of nutrients to the cells in your body. As such, you may find that your cells are not repairing as much or are losing their healthy glow. This could manifest in dry skin and hair, or brittle nails. 

Your body will also attempt to keep in the heat, meaning you do not sweat as much. Though this may sound like a benefit, a lack of sweat can stop oils and moisture applying themself topically to your skin. This results in the dryness of the area. 

A high protein diet can increase the rate of metabolism. This increase is known as the thermic effect, and it is much higher in protein than it is in fats and carbohydrates. 

To address the problem, try to increase the intake of nutrient-rich proteins in your diet. Dairy products and fish are excellent as they have the Omega 3 oils and calcium you need. If you are vegan or lactose intolerant, pulses and seeds, particularly chia seeds, can provide what you need.

  1. Mental Health Issues

A lack of the thyroid hormone in the body, one of the main causes of slow metabolism, can also impact mental health and some cognitive abilities. For example, loss of memory can be one of the signs of slow metabolism. 

It can also impact your sex drive, due to a lack of testosterone. Finally, it can cause depression. As your body slows down, your mood can slump drastically meaning you feel low and sad.

If you notice any of these symptoms and you lead a lifestyle that involves sitting or lack of movement, then you should try to get active. The movement will help burn calories and exercising can increase endorphins in the brain, lifting your mood. Even if you are working, make sure you have a regular break in which you leave the computer screen, walk around, and interact with other people. 

  1. You Crave Carbohydrate and Sugar

Occasionally, some bodies can be resistant to insulin. Insulin is a hormone produced in the pancreas. It regulates how your cells burn and metabolize calories and energy.

Insulin resistance can manifest in a craving for carbohydrates and sugar. As your body can not absorb glucose, it needs the quick-burning energy from these products to function. However, it is a vicious circle as the more of them you eat, the more likely your body is to convert them to excess fat.

Try to regulate your diet by cutting down on refined sugar and carbs. Sugary drinks are the main contributing factor, as the fructose in them can cause spikes and troughs in your energy levels. 

Addressing the Problem

Once you think you have a slow metabolism and have started to address the problem, allow around 6 weeks to see if your change has made an impact. If this does not work, then seek the help of a medical professional. 

Are you ready to get started on the path to a healthier you? Call us today at 407-931-1492 to see if you qualify for our doctor supervised weight loss program.

 

Author: ChiroThin Rocks
Source: ChiroThin


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Understanding Why Your Health History Is Critical to Excellent Chiropractic Care

Chiropractors gather a new patient's full health history before the first round of care because it's crucial to providing not just the right care, but also the right chiropractic care. It's more than giving an adjustment. It's also about treating you as a whole. The human body is intricate and interconnected, making every last piece of your physical and mental health valuable. Missing information can thwart even the most experienced chiropractor's effort to help you heal.

Health History and Whole Body Chiropractic

Filling out that health history form is a necessary process. Your health history sets the stage for what kind of care you need. It also offers clues to health issues you might not be aware of, and helps your doctor arrive at the right conclusion when seeking a diagnosis. It’s critical to treating you as a whole instead of just your symptoms.

Health history reveals a lot about your lifestyle, too. For example, if you come in with neck pain and your health history shows a change in lifestyle that revolves around a desk job, which coincides with developing neck pain, not only can your chiropractor adjust chiropractic methods to meet your needs, s/he can offer you lifestyle guidance on how to prevent desk job-induced neck pain.

Health history also serves the purpose of identifying the root cause of your health issue(s). Say that same neck pain patient was also in a car accident a year previous to the appointment. That's going to trigger another set of questions to determine whether it was the car accident or the desk job causing neck pain. The true root cause determines the best way to treat you. Your chiropractor can make connections you might have never considered.

Your Emotional Health and Whole Body Chiropractic

Emotions manifest physically in so many ways. Positive emotions are life-giving while negative emotions can manifest as pain, hormone imbalances, impede organ function, give you headaches, rob you of sleep, upset your stomach, make you gain weight and so much more.

If a patient has so much pent up stress and anxiety, chiropractic doctors want to address that and make referrals as necessary. Sometimes a misalignment in the spine can lead to emotional distress, which then leads to physical ailments tied to where the misalignment is, like how high anxiety can give a person stomach issues. Addressing the root cause of your emotional imbalances can empower you to achieve true healing.

Chiropractic can help with emotional health in so many ways because of how it helps you physically. One of the most powerful ways is how the right adjustment in the right place can help restore proper neurological function. For example, that anxious patient with stomach issues likely has a lot of tension interfering with nerve signaling to the stomach. Chiropractic can help your body relax enough to curb anxiety and restore proper nerve signals, alleviating stomach issues in the process.

Your Current Health and Whole Body Chiropractic

Beyond the obvious that you’re at your trusted local chiropractor for obvious reasons, delving into your current health often unearths clues as to what’s going on. Candid conversations with your chiropractor help them get a better picture of what’s going on inside your body and gives them a better idea on how to best help you.

Your chiropractor wants to help you and connect you with the right care whenever your needs are best addressed by a different kind of health professional. There are so many ways chiropractic can do so much to help your body heal and achieve optimal health when they have the complete health history picture.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: ChiroPlanet.com


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Are Arthritis Sufferers Hesitating to Pursue Relief?

Arthritis is a serious and frustrating condition that affects tens of millions. This type of ailment can make a person’s daily routine much more difficult than it should be. Those afflicted with arthritis may have trouble lifting things, and they may even be inhibited from being mobile without facing serious pain. According to the CDC, more than 54 million adults in the US suffer from arthritis. The total number of afflicted individuals has increased by about 20 percent over the past 15 years. Not only is the condition's widespread prevalence concerning to the medical industry, but the lack of attention given to arthritis' status as a serious disability is also alarming.  One of the main reasons that people may be holding off on pursuing solutions for this condition is that the way to handle it can sometimes result in more pain in the short-term. A healthy amount of physical activity has been proven to help reduce arthritis pain. However, since exercise can be painful for someone who is already suffering from arthritis, some people avoid it altogether.  Though movement can be difficult for a person with this type of disability, it can be used to help ease the severity of the issue. The growing number of sufferers indicates that people are holding off on pursuing relief, though doing so could benefit them in the long-term.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: CDC, online March 7, 2017.


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Stop Drinking Soda & Coffee for Energy – Climb the Stairs Instead!

Drinking coffee first thing in the morning may seem like the logical way to perk up low energy levels. Researchers have found, though, that caffeine – either from soda, energy drinks, coffee, or tea – has less of an effect on a person’s energy as does physical activity. The physical activity promoted in this recent study: stair climbing. Climbing the stairs may be the last thing a person wants to do when they’ve had a long night, but according to a study in Reuters, taking the stairs has a more profound effect on energy than caffeine. The study followed young, busy women, as this is a demographic that is largely often sleep deprived. The women in the study averaged less than 6.5 hours of sleep each night. Some of the women were given a placebo, others a 50mg dose of caffeine, and the last group had to climb stairs for 10 minutes. After this, they were asked to describe their level of energy, and were also tested for cognitive awareness and function. This included testing their memory and reaction times. The women who climbed the stairs felt significantly more energized, particularly right after their exercise. According to Men’s Health, the activity didn’t reduce the participant’s cognitive function, which means that when a person exerts themselves physically they don’t exhaust themselves mentally. Medical News Today reports that the participants even had greater motivation to work after their jaunt up the stairs. So, after a sleepless night – ditch the caffeine and hit the stairs. You’ll feel better!

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Physiology and Behavior, online March 14, 2017.


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