A Healthy Community is A Wealthy Community: Turn Up! Naturally Improve Your Metabolism With Food 

There are so many varieties of supplements and enhancement powders on the shelves these days that claim among their benefits, to help regulate or boost your metabolism. What that boost is really doing overtime is stressing out your system. The metabolic specific supplements can create increased heart rates, high blood pressure, stroke & palpitations and heart attacks, damage the stomach, liver , kidneys and throw your entire system totally out of whack. 

If you want to increase your metabolism safely steer clear of those supplements and have fun using  the power of healthy food to boost your metabolism! And yes, drop the junk food, processed, fatty fried foods, excessive alcohol and sugary beverage consumption not to mention ditch the couch potato habit. 

Outside of moderate cardiovascular exercise  like running, swift walking, swimming and aerobics that stimulate your metabolism, when and how much you eat, as well as  the benefits of intermittent fasting which have great benefits, here are some foods that can naturally help improve your metabolism:

*Water- Starting the day with a full glass of water to jump start  your metabolism and drinking more water in general is a great help. Water alone helps burn calories and can do so by 30% if you drink as much as 17 oz. (two glasses instead of one). 

*Citrus -The citric acid in fruits like limes, lemons, oranges, grapefruit ,pineapples and other citrus fruits can help increase ‘the burn’. Adding them to the water first thing in the morning can really turn up your “internal furnace.”

*Nuts – makes your body burn more fat to digest them so snacking on almonds, walnuts  and other un-salted nuts are excellent.

*Fruits and Vegetables – fiber rich apples, bananas, mixed berries are excellent. Melons, avocados cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, and brussels sprouts contain loads of fiber and nutrients that empower your metabolism. 

*Spices-  (you don’t need much ) like chili pepper, cayenne pepper, garlic, cinnamon, and  even mustard can boost the metabolism by up to 25-35 percent. They contain ‘capsaicin’, which has the power to turn up  the heat and helps your body burn more energy. 

*Beans like black beans, red beans fully loaded with fiber are metabolic boosters.

*Iron Rich Foods- like lentils, spinach, tofu, lean meats and fish. 

*Whole Grains- Brown rice, oatmeal, and whole grain breads are more difficult for your body to break down, causing it to work harder and burn more calories. 

 Be well, shop smart, and enjoy turning up ! 

Leah Hamilton / Health Advocate, Publisher and Creator of Black Girls Juice 716