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You and Your Metabolism

I know, some of us think that our metabolism is slower than molasses, and we tell ourselves that that is why we carry a bit (or a lot) of  extra weight.  While it may be true that some people’s metabolism is genetically very slow, the bottom line is still that most of our extra weight on the hips is due to bad eating and not enough movement!  So we want to keep (or better) our figure, we better learn to eat better and move more; every little bit helps.

Here are the four main components that will help your body be a better fat-burning machine:

High Intensity Exercise: When you exercise above 75 % of your maximum heart rate (that’s when you can hardly talk while you work out), you probably will cause your metabolism to be enhanced after exercise and you wind up burning extra calories for another 2 to 4 hours.  This works both for aerobic exercise and weight training.  The longer you train at a high intensity, the more calories you burn during and after the work out

Normalizing your pH: When your pH gets into the normal ranges, your body will automatically begin to release the extra fat it holds on to in order to neutralize the extra acid.  So keep on eating up these spinach salads and putting lime/lemon juice on everything

Fidgeting: Incidental movement in day-to-day activities seems to be key to burning more energy and giving you a more efficient metabolism. It’s no surprise that people who worry,  twitch and pace tend to be thin. This is called NEAT, or “non-exercise activity thermogenesis.”   Thermogenesis is the term for energy burning.  When your metabolism is running “normally” it seems that NEAT increases when you overeat and decreases when you undereat. This process has evolved over the history of human evolution to maintain body balance. Think of it in similar terms to how very-low-calorie diets are known to slow your metabolism down. NEAT works in the same way: the more you move, the more the body assumes you have excess energy to work off. The less you move, the more the body assumes you don’t, and so it slows down.  You can promote this NEAT process by never missing an opportunity to move when you have an option. Walk to the store, get off the couch often (get up to change the channel), do some gardening, walk the dog. . .you get the picture. Do small things often, that’s the key.

Muscle building: Muscle has a higher energy requirement than fat, so the more muscle and less fat your body is composed of, the higher your metabolism will be.  The exercise required to build that extra muscle at the expense of fat is another important process in weight management. So, grab those weights, people!

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You and Your Metabolism

We all pretty much understand that the higher our metabolism is, the better we burn fat–and most of us think that’s a great thing!  Burning fat while I sleep?  Oh yeah!  So here are a few tips on revving up your metabolism:
  1. High Intensity Exercise: When you workout at or above 75 % of your maximum heart rate (that’s hard enough to not be able to carry a conversation while you work out), you probably will have an enhanced metabolism for another 2 to 4 hours after exercise and burn extra calories, whether your workout was the aerobic or weight training kind.  The longer you train at a high intensity, the more calories you burn during and after the work out is done.
  2. Normalizing your pH: When your pH gets into the normal ranges, your body will automatically begin to release the extra fat it held on to in order to neutralize the extra acid.  So keep eating up these spinach salads and putting lime juice on everything!
  3. Fidgeting: Incidental movement in day-to-day activities (NEAT, which stands for “Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis” if you really want to know) seems to be an important key to burning more energy and give you a more efficient metabolism. When your metabolism is running “normally” it seems that NEAT increases when you overeat and decreases when you undereat. This process has evolved over the history of human evolution to maintain body balance. The more you move, the more the body assumes you have excess energy to work off. The less you move, the more the body assumes you don’t, and so it slows down.  You can promote the NEAT process all day long by never missing an opportunity to move when you have an option.
  4. Muscle building: Muscle has a higher energy requirement than fat, so the more muscle and less fat your body is composed of, the higher your metabolism will be.  So go to it!

Your body’s pH

Simply put, “pH” is the measure of how acid or how alkaline a substance is.All chemical processes have an ideal pH at which they are most efficient. For example the body functions best with an internal chemistry being slightly alkaline (pH of 7.0 to 8.0).The cells of the body in health are alkaline. The more acid the cells become, the sicker we are and feel. The cells won’t die until their pH gets to about 3.5.

Our bodies produce acid as a by-product of normal metabolism. This is the result of our bodies burning or using alkaline to remain alive.

Since our bodies do not manufacture alkaline, we must supply the alkaline from an outside source to keep us from becoming acid and dying. Food is the means of replenishing the alkaline to the body.

Foods are of two types, acid or alkaline. This refers to the ash value of a food, meaning the type of residue that remains after the food is digested and processed. If there is an acid residue (inorganic acids), the body must neutralize this acid to keep the blood from getting acid. The acid is neutralized with alkaline.Ideally there is adequate alkaline in the diet to do this. However, if there is not, the body must extract alkaline from its cells to neutralize the acid. This, of course, causes the cells to become acid, and thus diseased.

Because our bodies are an alkaline entity, in order to maintain health, the majority of our diet must consist of alkaline ash foods. We can remain in health by consuming a diet that is 70-80% alkaline and 20-30% acid. The more alkaline the better.

So to help you out, here is a list of highly alkaline foods for you to enjoy: asparagus, onions, vegetable juices, parsley, raw spinach, broccoli, garlic, barley grass, lemons, watermelon, limes, grapefruit, mangoes, papayas, olive oil, herb teas, lemon water, stevia.

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