Metabolism boosters to help you through the winter

Metabolism boosters to help you through the winterYour metabolism refers to all the chemical processes that occur in your body. Metabolic rate is the speed at which these metabolic reactions occur. The faster your metabolism, the more calories your body needs to maintain itself. Metabolism is also important in the maintenance of your overall health and energy. Too low of a metabolism has shown to lead to premature aging, and lowered immune system. Our metabolism naturally slows down in the winter time. Therefore, it is important to learn to maintain it.

There are many factors that affect metabolic rate:

  • Age – the older you get, the lower your metabolic rate becomes. It usually declines steadily after the age of 40
  • Muscle mass – The more muscle mass you have, the higher the metabolic rate
  • Body size – The larger you are, the faster your metabolism
  • Environmental temperature – The colder it is, the more calories your body needs to burn to prevent the body temperature from falling
  • Physical activity – the more physically active, the faster your body has to keep up with providing you with enough calories
  • Hormones – each hormone has different effects on our bodily processes

Knowing these factors, here are some healthy habits to boost your metabolism:

Don’t starve

Eat the calories you need to keep your blood sugar levels constant. If you restrict too many calories, your body will go into a state of starvation in order to conserve calories. This will result in an overall lowered metabolism

Get plenty of rest

This will help regulate hormones to keep up your rate of metabolism. For example, cortisol is a ‘stress hormone’ that leads to your body to store energy in the form of fat. It is also linked to declining in mental functioning, weight gain, and insulin resistance (the first step towards diabetes and obesity). Getting enough sleep is crucial to regulating this hormone.

Consume foods that will give your metabolism a boost

body-warming foods such as chilli, cinnamon, ginger and garlic increase the body’s heat production and fat-burning. Green tea is a natural metabolism booster with antioxidants and small amounts of caffeine. Consuming more protein is another good way to increase your metabolism because it doesn’t promote as much fat storage as other macronutrients. It is actively digested by the body, consuming more energy in the process.

Build muscle

Muscle is much more metabolically active than fat, so building muscle can help increase your metabolism.

 

Preparing for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day - Wilderman CosmeticsYou work all day, do chores, manage your busy schedule, and still make time for family and friends. Despite all your stresses and struggles, you always try to look put-together. You care about your partner, and about yourself. But it’s not always easy to look glowing all the time.

Valentine’s Day should be about celebrating love of every kind. Treat yourself, celebrate, and don’t feel guilty!

 Take some ‘Me’ time

Take some time to relax and enjoy yourself. Take a long bath, or cozy up with a book that you’ve been meaning to read since forever. Go for a walk, and take the time to actually enjoy it. If you had a busy day and the sun had already set, at least take a moment to indulge your taste buds with a great dinner and decadent desserts. Just remember to pamper yourself a little. If you have some time during the weekend before Valentines, take a Spa day or show that you care by gifting your loved one with a relaxing day. At the Wilderman Cosmetic Clinic, we can provide you with a pleasant spa experience. We offer services such as Facials, OxyGeneo SuperFacial, and Massages.

 Look your best

There are many steps you can take to look the best version of yourself on this special day. You can watch make-up tutorials, look through fashion magazines for the latest trends, and go on a shopping spree to choose what looks good on you. Gifts you give and receive may be centered on spoiling one another with things that look good. This is the one time of the year that you are encouraged to, after all. Wilderman Cosmetic Clinic provides non-surgical procedures to maintain your youthful glow. Our most popular procedures include Ultherapy and Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Injections. Ultherapy uses focused ultrasound waves to firm the skin, while PRP uses components of your own blood. To revitalize your look, we also offer soft tissue fillers for a natural boost to your lips, and botulinum toxin to get rid of wrinkles.

Whatever you choose to do, we at the Wilderman Cosmetic Clinic hope you feel happy and special this Valentine’s Day.