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» 5 Telltale Signs You Have a Slow Metabolism (and How to Speed It Up!)
» Chiropractors Play An Essential Role In Auto Accident Injuries
» Can Your Mental Workload Affect Your Muscles?
» Vitamin D and Calcium for a Longer Life?

5 Telltale Signs You Have a Slow Metabolism (and How to Speed It Up!)

5 Telltale Signs You Have a Slow Metabolism

(and How to Speed It Up!)

 

 

Everyone has a friend or family member born with a naturally high metabolism. They can eat what they like, do mild exercise, and stay fit and healthy. But for the rest of us, weight loss can be extremely hard, especially if we are suffering from a slow metabolism. 

If you are doing exercise and dieting but still failing to lose weight, it could be down to a slow metabolism. Below, we discuss five telltale signs of slow metabolism and how to solve them.

  1. Weight Gain

Unexplained weight gain does not necessarily come from overeating. In fact, it can be quite the opposite. Eating too few calories can actually slow down your metabolism.

This is because the body senses that food is limited. As such, the rate it burns calories becomes lower. As such, excess calories take longer to get rid of and use as energy.

If you feel this may be the case, begin to increase your calorie intake gently over the next 6 weeks. Take your measurements and see if the increase has actually made you lose weight. 

For anyone who is piling on the pounds but conducting a regime of healthy eating and exercises, there could be an underlying problem. This could be a sign of hyperthyroidism. This is a condition where a lack of hormones from the thyroid gland slows down the body’s metabolism. 

Any surgery should be able to do a thyroid check. Al it takes is a simple blood test and the results will be back in a few days. It can be corrected with prescription hormone pills. 

  1. Slow Metabolism Fatigue

One sure way to tell if you have a slow metabolism is tiredness. Though it may also be attributed to a number of other factors, sorting out your sleep will undoubtedly help kick-start your metabolism.

As your body is burning energy at a much slower rate, you are lacking the vital products you need to keep going. This results in a constant feeling of fatigue. 

To avoid this, make sure you are getting a full night’s sleep. That sleep should be good quality, deep, unbroken sleep. Studies have shown that a lack of sleep does decrease your metabolic rate.

There are a number of reasons why you may not be getting enough sleep, and you should address these or discuss them with a doctor. Try to avoid sleeping in the day if at all possible, so your body can establish a pattern for sleep. You should be aiming to establish a circadian rhythm. 

A lack of sleep can also result in a higher risk of contracting illnesses such as heart disease and diabetes. It can also impact your mental health, which may also cause problems with your metabolic rate. 

  1. Bad Skin and Hair

A slow metabolism inhibits the supply of nutrients to the cells in your body. As such, you may find that your cells are not repairing as much or are losing their healthy glow. This could manifest in dry skin and hair, or brittle nails. 

Your body will also attempt to keep in the heat, meaning you do not sweat as much. Though this may sound like a benefit, a lack of sweat can stop oils and moisture applying themself topically to your skin. This results in the dryness of the area. 

A high protein diet can increase the rate of metabolism. This increase is known as the thermic effect, and it is much higher in protein than it is in fats and carbohydrates. 

To address the problem, try to increase the intake of nutrient-rich proteins in your diet. Dairy products and fish are excellent as they have the Omega 3 oils and calcium you need. If you are vegan or lactose intolerant, pulses and seeds, particularly chia seeds, can provide what you need.

  1. Mental Health Issues

A lack of the thyroid hormone in the body, one of the main causes of slow metabolism, can also impact mental health and some cognitive abilities. For example, loss of memory can be one of the signs of slow metabolism. 

It can also impact your sex drive, due to a lack of testosterone. Finally, it can cause depression. As your body slows down, your mood can slump drastically meaning you feel low and sad.

If you notice any of these symptoms and you lead a lifestyle that involves sitting or lack of movement, then you should try to get active. The movement will help burn calories and exercising can increase endorphins in the brain, lifting your mood. Even if you are working, make sure you have a regular break in which you leave the computer screen, walk around, and interact with other people. 

  1. You Crave Carbohydrate and Sugar

Occasionally, some bodies can be resistant to insulin. Insulin is a hormone produced in the pancreas. It regulates how your cells burn and metabolize calories and energy.

Insulin resistance can manifest in a craving for carbohydrates and sugar. As your body can not absorb glucose, it needs the quick-burning energy from these products to function. However, it is a vicious circle as the more of them you eat, the more likely your body is to convert them to excess fat.

Try to regulate your diet by cutting down on refined sugar and carbs. Sugary drinks are the main contributing factor, as the fructose in them can cause spikes and troughs in your energy levels. 

Addressing the Problem

Once you think you have a slow metabolism and have started to address the problem, allow around 6 weeks to see if your change has made an impact. If this does not work, then seek the help of a medical professional. 

Are you ready to get started on the path to a healthier you? Call us today at 407-931-1492 to see if you qualify for our doctor supervised weight loss program.

 

Author: ChiroThin Rocks
Source: ChiroThin


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Chiropractors Play An Essential Role In Auto Accident Injuries

Chiropractors are arguably the best medical professional to see after you’ve been in an auto/motor vehicle accident. They're extensively trained in treating soft tissue injuries, including the most common auto accident injury: whiplash. Additionally, chiropractic methods are drug-free, natural, non-invasive, and focus on treating and rehabilitating the root cause of what hurts - the injured soft tissue itself.

Auto accidents are violent and almost always unexpected. The extent of occupant injuries can be minor to extreme and everywhere inbetween depending upon the many variables at play. Pain and other symptoms can be severe and immediate, but can also be insidious and not immediately noticed for days, weeks or even months post-accident. This makes obtaining a professional evaluation - a chiropractic evaluation - after any motor vehicle accident a necessity.


Your chiropractor will evaluate you from head to toe to determine the full extent of your injuries, if any. They can identify soft tissue injuries and discover painful areas that were previously unidentified and unnoticed. They can also swiftly develop an effective treatment protocol to get you back on the road to being healthy and pain-free. The sooner you get evaluated, the sooner you can receive the essential care your body and soft tissues need, giving you less downtime and a more optimal outcome.

For those without legal representation, the majority of chiropractors have existing relationships with law firms that can assist in your case, if appropriate. If legal representation has already been obtained, the majority of chiropractors will still gladly provide you with the essential medical care you need while dealing directly with your current attorney and legal team.

So if you have been involved in a recent or past auto injury accident, please reach out to our office today so we can get you out of pain, effectively heal and rehab any soft tissue injuries, or at minimum, evaluate you to perhaps simply put your mind at ease.



Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: ChiroPlanet.com


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Can Your Mental Workload Affect Your Muscles?

It's no secret that hard manual labor can have an effect on the body. But a new study suggests there may be a connection between musculoskeletal disorders and mental workload, too.  How does mental stress affect our bodies? Research published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics investigated bank workers' mental workload against pain throughout nine different musculoskeletal regions. The results demonstrated that the more subjective mental workload the employees experienced, the higher their musculoskeletal pain, particularly in the neck and back. Over time, we are beginning to understand the relationship between mental stress and musculoskeletal pain. Last year, a similar study was conducted on hospital nurses, revealing similar results, suggesting that increased mental stress leads to increased musculoskeletal pains.  For doctors of chiropractic, this research highlights a philosophy that chiropractic care has always embraced: the importance of holistic care. Exceptional and effective chiropractic care relies on a comprehensive approach that sees the body as a complete entity. Through a multifaceted approach including physical therapy, spinal manipulation, massage, nutrition, and more, chiropractic care helps individuals manage both their pain and their lifestyle to improve and eliminate discomfort from the source. Particularly for those with mentally stressful jobs, good posture can be easy to forget about, for instance. Emphasis and instruction on proper techniques and form for employees who stand or sit at a computer for long periods of time is an excellent example of preventing musculoskeletal aches and pains from developing. By taking appropriate breaks and learning tips and methods for minimizing physical and mental stress at work, a doctor of chiropractic can help guide stressed out workers towards a holistic method of resolving their mental and physical fatigue.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 2016 Jul-Aug;39(6):420-6.


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Vitamin D and Calcium for a Longer Life?

A review of several studies involving over 70,000 older individuals found that people who take vitamin D and calcium together may live longer than people who do not. The study, recently published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology, found that participants taking the supplements were 9% less likely to die over a three year period than individuals taking a placebo. Participants were administered 20 micrograms of vitamin D and 1,000 milligrams of calcium per day; both well within the guidelines suggested by US health officials. The reasons for the decline in mortality were unclear, although a decline in both hip fractures and cancer were suggested. Lead researcher Lars Rejnmark, of Aarhus University in Denmark, noted the effect as being comparable to the benefits of blood pressure medications and cholesterol-lowering statins. There was no effect noted by taking vitamin D alone.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, May 17, 2012.


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