4 Signs you may need a Metabolic Makeover

4 Signs you may need a Metabolic Makeover

(And what to do about it)

Our metabolism is responsible for energy production. More specifically, it encompasses all of the chemical reactions that take the food and fluid we take in to create, use and store energy in order to maintain our biological processes. When it comes to metabolism, we’re accustomed to thinking mainly about weight, but our metabolic health shows up in almost every area of our body, from mood, energy and cognition to gut health, sleep and immunity. When our metabolic health is firing – we're energetic, mentally sharp and able to maintain a healthy body weight. When our metabolic health starts to slide, we’re the opposite. Here are some of the classic signs that your metabolic health may need a makeover.  

1. YOU CAN’T RECOVER (FROM WORKOUTS, ILLNESS, NIGHTS OUT… YOU NAME IT) 

Poor recovery is one of the tell-tale signs that something’s not working for you. Do a quick check in to see if you’re overtraining (sometimes a rest day is just what you need), but if all ok here, then chronic inflammation, nutrition deficiencies and elevated cortisol could be contributors.  

2. YOU’RE TIRED BUT WIRED  

Our stress response is a wonderful thing. No really, it helps us respond in the most challenging and dangerous situations. But our stress hormones work best when they make a guest appearance and then retreat until they’re needed again. When stress is constantly elevated, it can lead to impaired digestion, elevated blood sugar, weight gain and that tired but wired feeling.  

3. YOU’VE GAINED WEIGHT (AND ARE UNSURE WHY)  

You’re moving the same, eating the same, but your weight is creeping up. Sound familiar? Food and exercise aren’t the only things that govern our metabolism – (lack of) sleep and fluctuating hormones can all cause weight to creep on despite our best efforts.  

4. YOUR CRAVINGS ARE CRAY CRAY  

Constant cravings, energy crashes, mood swings and never really feeling satisfied are all signs that your blood sugar is out of whack. Whilst diets high in sugar and refined carbohydrates are obvious causes of blood sugar imbalances, other factors like food intolerances,     

WHAT’S GOING ON? ENTER: THE USUAL SUSPECTS....  

You may have noticed a pattern with the things that can contribute to imbalance. Even though there are lots of ways that metabolic mayhem can manifest, there are some common root causes. So how can you tell what’s going on?

Do the quick quiz below to see where your metabolism may be suffering. If you answer yes, give yourself 1 point. Under each category, we’ve given you our top self-care, supplement, and nutrition tips to help you get back into balance.  

EXCESS STRESS 

— I’m constantly running from task to task 
— I feel jittery, jumpy and on edge  
— I’m tired but wired  
— I can’t switch off  
— I’m often bloated after I eat 
— I have a short fuse  
— I’m always anxious  
— I have difficulty staying asleep  
— I have a hard time recovering from illness  
— I retain a lot of water (unrelated to PMS) 
— I’ve gained/can’t lose belly fat  
— My memory is poor  
— I NEED (multiple hits of) caffeine to get through the day 
— I’m not gaining muscle/seeing results in the gym  


    SCORE: if you have scored more than 4, it’s time to get serious about your stress reduction. Here are our top tips.
     


    A) SELF-CARE:
    Try yin yoga in the evening to help get out of ‘fight or flight’ and into ‘rest + digest’ 
    — Introduce meditation/mindfulness into your evening routine 
    — Try journaling in the evening. We’re talking pen and paper – no screens or electronics allowed.  
    — Avoid screen time for an hour before bed  
      B) SUPPLEMENTS:

      ENHANCED NOOTROPICS, DEEP SLEEP, METABOLIC FIX

      SHOP SUPPLEMENTS

       

      C) NUTRITION:

      — Cut out sugar, processed foods and refined carbohydrates. 
      — Increase good fats, high-quality protein, veg and complex carbs to help with blood sugar control. 
      — Limit coffee to about 2 per day. 
      — Consider avoiding alcohol until you’re feeling better, or seriously reducing it (especially in the evening).  
      — Try our membership for healthy food inspiration.  


      BLOOD SUGAR IMBALANCES  

      — I get tired after meals  
      — If I miss a meal, I get hangry  
      — I crave a lot of sugar  
      — My energy is unstable  
      — My appetite feels out of control  
      — I find it difficult to lose weight  
      — My mood + focus is poor  
      — I get frequent headaches  
      — I eat excess carbs or sugar at night 
      — My sleep is poor + I’m fatigued  

         

        SCORE: If you scored more than 3, your blood sugar needs a little love.  Here are our top tips. 


        A) SELF-CARE:
        — Practice mindful eating, we’re more likely to eat too much and go for sweet fixes when we’re stressed, in front of screens or eating on the run.  
        — If you’re turning to sugar when you’re emotional, it’s important to start to address underlying anxiety.  
        — Sleep can cause us to be more insulin resistant, even with the best diet. If you think sleep is driving your blood sugar swings.
          B) SUPPLEMENTS:

          ENHANCED NOOTROPICS, ESSENTIAL OMEGAS, METABOLIC FIX

          SHOP SUPPLEMENTS
          C) NUTRITION:
          —The best way to get off sugar is to get off sugar! Try avoiding added sugars, processed foods + refined carbohydrates.

             

            FOOD SENSITIVITIES 

            — I struggle with gas, bloating and/or cramping  
            — I have IBS  
            — I have eczema  
            — I have acne/a lot of breakouts on my skin (unrelated to PMS) 
            — I get headaches or mood swings after meals  
            — I get a lot of aches + joint pains (and am unsure why)  
            — I am always congested 
            — I get sick often  
            — My mood + focus is poor 
            — I feel generally unwell  
            — I have brain fog 
            — I’m always fatigued even though I sleep enough  

            SCORE: If you scored more than 4, you may be eating foods that are triggering you. Here are our top tips.  


            A) SELF-CARE:
            — Start keeping an easy, point form journal to track your reactions to see if you can notice any patterns with food  
              B) SUPPLEMENTS:

              G.I. FIX, DEEP DETOX, CELLULAR DEFENCE (for eczema sufferers)

              SHOP SUPPLEMENTS
              C) NUTRITION:

              — Identify your food sensitivities with the The 28-Day Reset, an elimination programme designed to help you improve digestion and uncover underlying food triggers. 
              — If you’re not up for a full protocol, check out our Membership 

               

              KEEN TO LEARN MORE?

              Our first member forum, Understanding Metabolism, will take place on January 25th at 6.30pm, in which Rhian will talk you through all the specifics and then host a Q&A on what makes your metabolism tick. Join the Membership now to sign up!  

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