Metabolism Information

Here are some interesting facts for all of you on metabolism:
  • Your body burns 2 to 5% fewer calories with each decade after age 40 and women tend to put on a bout a pound a year!
  • Your body burns more calories digesting ice-cold beverages and foods. Five or six ice-cold glasses of water could help you burn 10 extra calories a day! This equals about 1 pound a year.
  • Drink water to help lose weight. All your body reactions require water. If you’re dehydrated you may burn up to 2% fewer calories.
  • Dieting drops resting metabolic rate. For every pound you lose, your resting metabolism drops about 2 to 10 calories. Lose 10 pounds, and you now have to eat 20 t0 100 calories to maintain.
  • Hot foods (spicy) increase metabolism. Capsaicin, which are found in chili peppers, increase metabolism and enhance satiety and hunger. One tablespoon of red or green chopped chili pepper temporarily increased metabolism by 23%.
  • Protein increases thermic effect of food. Eat between 10 to 20g of protein with each meal!
  • Catechin found in tea increase metabolism. Drinking 2-4 cups of tea a day- green or oolong daily could result in 50 extra calories burned a day equaling to 5 pounds a year! A squeeze of lemon can also help your body absorb more catechins.
  • Fast bouts of exercise increase metabolism. People who exercise at very high intensities experience a postexercise boost in resting metabolic rate that’s larger and lasts longer compared to those who work out at a low or moderate level.

Ever hear of Coenzyme Q 10?

The body normally produces enough CoQ10 although the levels in the body may decline with age and heart disease. The active form is known as ubiquinol. Ubiquinol has strong antioxidant properties. Conditions that cause oxidative stress on the body, like liver disease, decrease the ratio of ubiquinol to CoQ10. If you take CoQ10 orally, it may help treat congestive heart failure, a disease where the heart doesn’t adequately maintain circulation. CoQ10’s role in cell energy production may be the mechanism where it assists the heart. Coenzyme Q 10 may also help prevent migranes, reduce the likelihood of more heart problems in some people who’ve had a first heart attack and delay the progression of Parkinson’s disease. Also, to keep in mind certain medications may interfere with the body’s production of CoQ10 or partially block its function. The best evidence regards cholesterol-lowering drugs in the statin family, such as lovastatin (Mevacor), simvastatin (Zocor) and pravastatin (Pravachol). These medications impair CoQ10 synthesis as an inevitable side effect of their mechanism of action. Since these drugs are used to protect the heart, and since CoQ10 deficiency could in theory impair the heart function, it has been suggested that this side effect may work against the intended purposes of taking statins.

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