The body’s metabolism describes the process that happens inside the body where calories are turned into energy. Thus, the metabolic rate is how slow or how fast the body converts calories into energy.
There are different factors that play a role in the speed of metabolism, including calorie consumption, exercise, and stress.
Whilst the first two may seem obvious as they have a direct relation to the metabolism, what does stress have to do with how fast we burn calories?
To understand how stress affects our metabolism, we have to look at what stress actually means and how it works. Stress is the term used when the body is put into a situation where we are under pressure, and the body’s “fight or flight” function is triggered. This releases cortisol, which is the stress hormone.
When cortisol is released in a stressful situation, it releases a lot of glucose into the blood stream which can be used as energy in case we need to stand up and fight, or run away. At the same time, the body triggers other responses such as suppressing the immune system and slowing down digestion, in order to focus your energy on the situation that is causing your stress.
With this knowledge we can clearly see how chronic stress can have a negative effect on our digestive- and overall health in the long run, as it causes our entire system to be thrown out of order.
When our body is under stress, we often don’t use the extra glucose in our blood stream. This, combined with a slow-moving digestive system can open us up to all kinds of medical issues like diabetes, insulin resistance, blood flow problems, and kidney disease.
Increase Your Metabolism and Control Your Stress
Luckily there are ways to keep your body functioning well even when you are under stressful situations. These include:
Eating healthy is always important, and even more so in stressful situations. Many people are prone to “stress eating”, but you should not let this become an excuse to eat junk food. Follow a healthy, balanced diet like the Manna Diet to help stay focused.
Physical exercise is vital in order to stay healthy, and even more; it can help minimize your stress!
It is recommended that you include cardio training as well as weight training into your exercise routine.
Try to get at least 20 minutes of intense exercise, 5 times a week.
You can also take some natural supplements to assist in reducing daily stress levels, like the Manna Calmer (Adult or Extra), as this effective product does not have any side effects. To help increase metabolism, you can take the Manna FAT Burner, because the active ingredients in the product are known to speed up metabolism the natural way.