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What can affect metabolism?

Smartliving Guest asked this
October 19, 2011 at 11:43 AM



There are a lot of factors that can affect Metabolism or our metabolic rate:

•The older we are the slower our resting metabolic rate. •Men tend to have faster metabolic rates than females. •Increasing your lean body mass (muscle mass) not only burns calories when you exercise, but having more muscle mass also increases your resting metabolic rate (you burn more calories even while at rest. •There are stimulant drugs and natural products which can increase metabolism, but abuse of these can put an unhealthy stress on the heart, increasing the chance of heart attacks and strokes (think about the rick stars from the 1960s who had heart attacks in their 20s and 30s because they were on various forms of speed/stimulants). •Having inappropriately low or high thyroid levels can slow or speed up your metabolism. •In the short run, stress can increase your metabolism by releasing of adrenaline, but chronic stress decreases your metabolism by increasing cortisol levels.

Increasing physical activity level is the best way to increase metabolism. If you want to improve your health and increase your metabolism, I recommend a combination of cardiovascular and muscle building exercises.

Stay Healthy! Dr. Jeff M.D.

Dr. Jeff Chamberlain, MD Health Coach answered
October 15, 2011 at 12:00 AM

Metabolism is effected by a number of different factors. These include thyroid problems, the amount of exercise one gets, diet, and emotional well being. Few people realize that they have such a large amount of control over various health factors in their lives. Improving your overall diet, getting a reasonable amount of good sleep, and increasing the amount of exercise in your life are the three pillars of building a healthy life emotionally, and physically. The combination of these areas of your life will lead to an increase in metabolism, as well as various other positive attributes including increased energy, better focus, and increased feelings of joy and happiness.

monicabluesky answered
January 23, 2014 at 10:54 AM
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