What is Metabolism and How Does it Affect Your Health?
Updated: Dec 28, 2022
Metabolism is our ability to utilize our food to the fullest extent. Some people have really high rates of metabolism. When they consume food, their bodies burn it up almost as fast as they consume it. Then there are those who use food intake so slowly, as to not even notice that we are burning calories. The people who burn calories quickly are often slim and trim, the people who burn more slowly are the people with a tendency toward obesity.
The body’s metabolism is a unique process for each individual person. No two people metabolize food at the same rate therefore no two people have the same metabolism. Our metabolism, like our fingerprints, is unique to each of us. But the need to understand and accommodate this metabolism is an issue that we all face.
Your metabolic process is related to calorie intake, vitamin and nutrition needs, thyroid and endocrine production, and how well all of these processes come together. For years, people have sought ways to raise their metabolic rate. If you can raise someone’s metabolic rate, you are able to control the burn of calories, especially for overweight or obese people. This would make the goal of better or improved health a much easier reality for those people. Efforts to date have produced few results. There are foods that we can consume that naturally raise our metabolic rate, but not to a great extent. What we need is a way to directly alter the rate. We need to be able to raise our metabolism to a point where we can actually see a benefit.
What determines our metabolic rate, as far as our genetics? Generally, we tend to inherit the same tendencies for metabolic rates, body frames, and other related body functions from our parents. Thus, the origin of “well, she comes from big people; naturally, she’s going to be big.”
Right now, the greatest results in raising our metabolism come from exercise and building our muscle mass, while reducing our body fat. Adding more muscle to the body, in turn, causes us to burn more calories, and this helps to elevate our metabolic rate.
Our metabolism functions also depend on how well we have taken care of our nutritional needs. The process of burning calories and creating energy is a delicate one, which must be carefully tended, or it can become imbalanced. It is often through these natural imbalances that we tend to “inherit’ our metabolic rate.
Through careful analysis, and attention to each person’s unique needs, we could bring about a more natural balance of the metabolic burn vs. the calorie intake. To a level where optimal health and weight control are in equilibrium.