How Does Your Metabolism Work?
People who are interested in weight loss hear the word, “metabolism” over and over again in weight loss discussions, especially in those that have to do with the benefits of juicing. Without a background in biology and medicine, however, it can be difficult to understand exactly what metabolism is and how juicing affects it.
Metabolism is broadly defined as the chemical transformation that occurs inside the human body to sustain life. This includes the entire process of digestion, as well as the biochemical interactions that turn food into energy and provide that energy to the cells that need them.
When people say they have a, “fast metabolism”, what they really mean is that their body has an efficient metabolism – that is, the nutrients that their body takes in are rapidly and efficiently converted into energy, with very little waste.
A “slow metabolism”, on the other hand, is one in which the body cannot convert all of the digested materials in time to create energy, and is forced to convert them into fat. That fat is then stored and kept on the body until it is needed. The problem most people with this kind of metabolism have is that the body does not efficiently convert the fat back into energy once it is stored, leading to weight gain.
How Does Juicing Help Boost Metabolism?
When you eat raw fruits and vegetables, your body gets a healthy dose of vitamins and minerals that it can use to help make the metabolism process more efficient. However, if the process is already inefficient from the start, then other materials such as dietary fiber and carbohydrates can get in the way of realizing the maximum benefit of those fruits and vegetables.
Juicing helps the process by removing the fiber from the fruits and vegetables, leading to immediate and highly efficient absorption of the nutrients in question. When combined with a diet that restricts or eliminates carbohydrates and fat, the body is essentially forced to become more efficient, leading to weight loss.
What Ingredients And Recipes Are Best For Boosting Metabolism?
While all fruits and vegetables generally have metabolism-boosting properties, there are certain ingredients and combinations of ingredients that can help more than others. A short list of recipes that have been shown to effectively boost metabolism follows below:
Orange Delight Smoothie
• A glass of ice water;
• 4 carrots;
• 2 celery stalks;
• 1 apple;
• 100 grams of spinach;
• 2 spoonfuls of lemon juice;
• A teaspoon of cinnamon.
This recipe focuses on the metabolism-boosting properties of carrots and celery, using the sugars and vitamins present in apples to give it a rounded taste and texture that is a real pleasure to drink. Spinach helps immensely as well, making this a well-rounded fruit beverage, especially as a morning pick-me-up to replace coffee or tea.
• 1 Green apple;
• 1 Peeled grapefruit;
• 8 Mint leaves;
• 2 Stalks of celery.
This recipe offers a metabolism-boosting cocktail of citrus fruits, as well as normally highly fibrous celery stalks. Celery, once deprived of its fibrous content, is very good for boosting metabolism and maintaining a well-balanced nutritional intake for the body. Citrus, although high in sugar, offers a highly effective energy boost that can help immensely when fats, carbohydrates and other sugars are restricted.
Banana Cinnamon Protein Shake
• ½ Glass of almond milk;
• ½ Glass of yogurt;
• 1 Banana;
• 1 Spoonful of cinnamon.
The banana cinnamon protein shake is another perfect morning beverage that offers a boost of protein that will help you feel energized and active throughout the day while providing the unique vitamins and minerals present in bananas for a well-rounded breakfast shake. This delicious shake is perfect for staving off hunger for the day while offering reliable weight loss results.
Susan Williams is a blogger who researches and writes articles, short reports and e-courses on health and nutrition. When she is not blogging, doing research or writing on these topics, she enjoys doing yoga, traveling and spending time with her family.