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» 5 Telltale Signs You Have a Slow Metabolism (and How to Speed It Up!)
» Consider Chiropractic Care For Certain Childhood Headaches
» Study Links Inactivity to Diabetes
» Donít Lose Sleep Over Late Night Workouts

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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Consider Chiropractic Care For Certain Childhood Headaches

Similar to adults, the impact headaches have on children can be substantial. Children suffering from headaches can experience struggles in school, sports, social life and just the fun of being a kid. The number of children suffering from headaches is also substantial. Fortunately, chiropractic care is not only effective in treating many headache-types in adults, research indicates it can also be effective in children. According to a 2009 national sampling of American children aged 4 to 18 years of age, 17% reported frequent or severe headaches including migraine within the previous 12 months. In 2019, a similar collection of headache data was obtained from 3,386 Australian children and adolescents aged 10 to 18 years of age. Collected data found 76% experienced one or more headaches in the previous 12 months. More specifically, 26% experienced mild headache(s) lasting less than 1 hour, 24% experienced migraine(s), 22% experienced tension-type headache(s), and 3% experienced headaches lasting more than 15 days/month. Also, 42% experienced restrictions in daily activities due to headaches. Additionally, a full 50% of those children and adolescent headache sufferers used medication for their headaches. In 2021, a Denmark study was published which investigated the effectiveness of chiropractic spinal manipulation vs. a sham manipulation in 7 to 14 year old children suffering from recurrent headaches. Researchers collected their data over a 5 year period. The data revealed chiropractic manipulation resulted in significantly few days with headaches. The researchers concluded, "Chiropractic spinal manipulation resulted in fewer headaches and higher global perceived effect, with only minor side effects." If you have a child that is suffering from headaches, consider having them evaluated by your local chiropractor. Chiropractic care is safe, effective and non-invasive. Many chiropractors also offer a no obligation evaluation at no cost.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: J Headache Pain 20, 101 (2019)


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Study Links Inactivity to Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes is an ever-increasing and insidious health risk. Studies in the past have linked the lack of physical activity to the risk of becoming diabetic. A new study conducted by Gibbs and his colleagues on 2,027 overweight people between the ages of 38 and 50 showed a definite correlation between a lack of daily physical activity and the increased risk of diabetes. Although certain elements of the study were critiqued by other professionals, the overall feeling was that the study once again demonstrated that being sedentary for up to 10 hours per day was a definitive factor in being at risk for developing diabetes. The study supported the benefits of a healthy, active lifestyle as well as a lifestyle that limits inactivity. People who were sedentary for a minimum of 10 hours per day were more than twice as likely to end up with glucose tolerance issues leading to diabetes than people whose daily sedentary time was less than 6 hours per day. The study suggests that people with daily sedentary behavior can reduce their risk of developing glucose intolerance impairment and subsequently developing diabetes by adding a regimen of daily physical activity to their behavior.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Diabetes Care, online July 8, 2015


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Donít Lose Sleep Over Late Night Workouts

Have a hectic schedule that leaves the only opportunity for you to workout later in the day or at night? Many individuals naturally assume that working out later in the day or at night will keep them from getting a good nights rest. New information suggests this may not be the case. Recently, 1,000 participants completed either a phone or web-based questionnaire with questions related to sleep and physical activity. According to the results and contrary to what one might think, individuals who engaged in moderate to vigorous exercise within 4 hours of going to sleep reported having the same quality of sleep as those who did not exercise. Even with those findings, experts recommended that the late night workouts within a few hours of sleep be less intense and that what may work for one individual, could affect another individual differently. So while late night workouts may not be for everyone, they actually do appear to work for some. If the only time to squeeze in a workout is at night, itís definitely worth giving it a try!

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Sleep Medicine, online February 10, 2014.


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