Heavenly Metabolic Glory
Figuring out how to safely increase your metabolism, and improve your health, is in many ways a cross between art and science.
It’s common for people to want a system to give them a sense of certainly but more often, I call it ‘The art of having a protocol without having a protocol.’
A basic understanding of physiology helps because we share the same underlying processes, and this makes it possible to perceive what might be an ‘optimal’ diet. Providing what’s required to boost metabolism will often eventually lead to improvements in all areas of health.
Many factors, however, interact with these processes, and so application and proportions vary significantly.
Your personal history, activity levels, body size, current metabolic rate, past and present exposure to stress, as well as many other environmental factors need to be considered.
Disregarding context is all that it takes for information to become misleading rather than insightful. Experience and experimentation, as well as a certain amount of guidance is useful. Regardless of this, sometimes you need to do things the ‘wrong’ way many times before you do it the ‘right’ way, and the ‘right’ way never ceases to be a matter of context.
There are however, some necessary basic pieces of information as well as some very powerful tools that enable you to approach things with a greater likelihood of success.
It’s good to develop an ability to notice the difference between a ‘stress’ metabolism and a healthy thyroid metabolism. Tracking daily temperature and pulse readings helps to confirm your observations.
Making gradual changes and then noticing their effect on symptoms over time is important.
Sleep quality. Mood. Energy stability. Resilience to stress. Reflexes. Clarity of mind. Digestion. Skin. Libido. Warmth of extremities. Satisfaction with day to day experience. Weight stability. These and many other indicators, considered in context, will help you figure out if you are moving towards or away from metabolic health.
There are a few basic principles that can be extremely helpful.
Firstly, improving metabolism increases demand for vitamins, minerals and fuel. If you aren’t supplying them, symptoms often worsen rather than improve.
Good quality protein promotes insulin secretion, thereby lowering blood glucose, so it helps to have a significant amount of sugar with it, in order to avoid unnecessary stress responses. Eating smaller more regular amounts can help with this.
Thirdly, difficult to digest fibers and starches promote bacteria (and related stress promoting and toxic substances), potentially damaging metabolism. Starting to look at foods in terms of their digestibility is useful.
The polyunsaturated fats (including fish oil) powerfully suppress and damage metabolic function. Replacing them wherever possible, with highly saturated fats (like for instance coconut oil or the fat from milk, cheese or butter) can protect against inflammation and fast improve metabolic performance.
Maintaining glycogen stores with regular and sufficient fuel intake throughout the day, helps to improve blood sugar stability, and protect against stress. This can go a long way towards limiting the excessive release of stored unsaturated fats into circulation where they have most of their damaging, metabolism interfering effects.
It can be helpful to simplify matters by returning to basic ingredients and seeing how you feel with different ratios of carbohydrate to protein etc. Consuming large amounts of foods filled with toxic gums and fats and other potentially poisonous substances can interfere with the beneficial effects of the metabolism supporting ingredients (plain white sugar being one example) included with them.
A diet avoiding the polyunsaturated fats and limiting the difficult to digest starches and fibers (from grains, nuts, seeds and legumes as well as too much in the way of under cooked vegetable matter) with varying proportions of protein carbohydrate and fat from milk, cheese, eggs, gelatin and sweet ripe juicy fruits, honey and sugar (as well as plenty of salt), is a great starting point.
Although a metabolism enhancing diet can be extremely protective, nobody is immune to the effects of chronic exposure to a stressful environment.
Attempts to improve metabolism can try your patience. It sometimes helps to remember that there really are no setbacks, just life and a multitude of meanderings and potential interactions, all of which can eventually help give you clarity of understanding.
“The truth is outside of all fixed patterns”
Image: Froot “Bruce Lee die je ontbijt klaarmaakt”