cYour metabolic rate can be a measure of how healthy you are. It refers to all the chemical reactions that take place in the body to keep you alive, from digestion, to burning sugars to giving you energy. There are many advantages to boosting your metabolic rate, including losing weight (as more of your fat reserves are broken down), a lower chance of developing cardiovascular diseases (such as atherosclerosis, high blood pressure, heart attack or damage, etcetera) and other diseases (such as stroke and type 2 diabetes), and more energy is released to you so you do not get tired easily.
So it is a great idea to speed up your metabolism rate, and the following are three foods that help you do that.
1. Spicy peppers
Spicy or hot peppers like Carolina reaper, Trinidad moruga scorpion, and pot brown, have been shown in studies to speed up metabolism by up to 25%. This is because they contain Capsaicin, a compound that temporarily increases blood circulation by activating pain receptors.
As more blood flows to different parts of the body, they carry more sugars and oxygen for body tissues to burn much more rapidly, increasing the metabolism rate. This is why many at times people sweat after eating a hot pepper because the body is trying to cool itself from the suddenly increased heat from the increased blood flow and metabolic rate.
Fish contains lots of omega-3 fatty acids which, when in the body, reduce the synthesis of the leptin hormone. Leptin is a chemical produced by the body to slow down metabolism rate. But eating fish with loads of omega-3 fatty acids reduces the production of this hormone, so the metabolism rate is free to rise.
3. Lean meat
Lean meat contains lots of iron, an element that is vital in red blood cells. It is the key component of hemoglobin in red blood cells that carry oxygen. Without iron, red blood cells will not be able to carry oxygen, and oxygen is a vital ingredient for metabolism.
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