Boosting metabolism and energy!

What is metabolism?  It is a biochemical process by which the body converts food and drink into energy. It is controlled by a gland located in the front your neck known as the thyroid. It is the main powerhouse which controls metabolism in every cell within your body working while at rest as well as when active. Without it your vital physiological functions would not occur; breathing, blood circulation, digestion, growth and repair, etc.

 

Weight loss comes predominant from consuming less calories and increasing energy expenditure. An increased metabolism indirectly contributes to weight loss, as it increases energy level.

 

The boost you need is IODINE!!

Iodine is a trace element that has a powerful affinity with the thyroid gland and helps the thyroid to perform at its peak to regulate metabolism.

To make the key thyroid hormones T3 (triiodothyronine) and T4(thyroxine) iodine is require. 3 iodine molecules are required for T3 and 4 iodine molecules are required to make T4.

 

Food sources rich in iodine are

kelp and seaweeds,

yogurt,

shellfish

turkey

and milk.

 

These foods, especially the sea vegetables, will boost your gland into action, thus increasing metabolic functions increase alertness, energy and put a spring in your step. Avoiding foods high in sugar and saturated fats is recommended due to the complexity of breaking down these foods, thus slowing down metabolic rate causing lower energy levels and fatigue.

 

By starving the body (during intense dieting), compensation occurs in the means of metabolic rate. It holds onto calories as a survival mode and slows down all metabolic processes to conserve energy, this leaving you weak, fatigued and lowers your mood.

 

The answer = increase iodine intake = increase thyroid function and metabolism = increase energy levels.

 

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