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Metabolism Boosters Found in Natural Foods

It seems that everyone today is concerned with metabolism boosters, so they can shed a few extra pounds. Most of the time people search out the ever popular "speed" pills and workout supplements.

While it is true that some of these supplements will raise your metabolism, its also true that they are unnatural and unsafe. In fact, these supplements may actually alter your body's chemical balance.

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Did you know that many common metabolism boosters are found in the foods we eat? With some minor modifications in your healthy diet plan, you too can naturally raise your metabolism.

Magnesium is mineral that has proven to boost the body’s fat burning abilities and also make it more efficient as a result. Magnesium rich foods include foods such as peanut butter, dark chocolate, tofu, and whole wheat bread.

Sounds good so far doesn't it?

Potassium rich foods speed weight loss by keeping the body’s cells well-hydrated. If the cells have too little fluid your metabolism will slow down and will burn fewer calories. Potassium rich foods include bananas, dried apricots, honeydew and baked potatoes.

Iron rich foods help by getting oxygen to the red blood cells. Metabolism will slow down as a result. For pre-menopausal women 18 mg of iron is needed daily.

For post menopausal women 9 mg of iron is needed. Spinach delivers 3 mg of iron per ounce.Meat, fish, nuts, and beans are also good sources of iron.

Protein helps build and maintain muscle mass. The more muscle in the body, the higher your metabolic rate will be. It takes more energy for the body to digest protein than carbs or fats. Two to three ounces of fish, cheese, meat, or eggs with every meal is recommended to facilitate this process.

Vitamin C will help to prevent the oxidative stress that slows fat burn. When we are young, the body produces lots of antioxidants. As we grow older, production slows down. Oranges and other citrus fruits are good sources of vitamin C.

So, you see there are many delicious food options loaded with metabolism boosters that will keep your body a fat burning engine.

Don't be fooled into thinking that chemical supplementation is a healthy way to lose weight. Simply eat smart, exercise regularly, and follow a naturally healthy lifestyle.

Other Metabolism Boosters

Eat more often Eating five smaller meals daily will trigger a thermic effect in your body. In other words, it turns your body into a high metabolism, fat burning machine. As a result, this will help your body to better digest and absorb the steady supply of food.

Eat breakfast Metabolism slows when we sleep. Eating breakfast within an hour of waking up gets it going again. This doesn't mean a bowl of fruit loops, but a healthy breakfast with a solid protein and complex carbohydrates.

Vary workouts A change in your exercise activity uses different muscles. Using a different set of muscles causes a greater metabolic burn which can last up to a full 24 hours after the workout.

Limit alcohol Alcohol suppresses the central nervous system. When alcohol is added to a meal less fat is burned which causes more fat to be stored by the body.

Drink Green Tea Green tea is widely know as a metabolism booster.

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