Slow Metabolism = Slow Digestion

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Metabolism: The Engine Behind Your Body's Performance

Metabolism refers to all of the metabolic processes in the body, like digestion, hormone function, immunity, detoxification, sex drive, healing and repair. The metabolic rate will determine how fast or slow these systems work.

In simpler terms, a slow metabolism leads to sluggish digestion, resulting in issues like constipation, bloating, heartburn, and belching.

Metabolism also refers to how well your body runs on fuel, how you react to the food you eat and the nutrients you absorb – carbohydrates, fats and proteins. 

When your metabolism is humming along nicely, the more energy you have, your sleep is deep and refreshing, you maintain lean muscle mass, your hair is shiny, your skin dewy, you feel happy and have a healthy libido, digestion is on point, immune system is working well, and all your efforts toward your body goals actually work for you. 


Signs You're in the Slow Lane?

Slow metabolizers are individuals whose bodies metabolize food at a slower pace than the average rate. This sluggish metabolism extends to all their bodily systems, resulting in a challenge to generate sufficient energy for daily activities. The consequence? Lingering fatigue and a persistent hankering for sugar as a quick energy boost.

A key feature of slow metabolizers is the diminished function of the thyroid and adrenal glands and can show up as

  • Dry skin and hair
  • Poor digestion - diminished ability to tolerate fats and meats
  • Constipation
  • Depression and apathy
  • Diminished stamina
  • Weight gain or hard time losing weight
  • Low blood pressure
  • Low blood sugar
  • Sugar cravings
  • Cold hands and feet
  • Sweat less
  • Chronic allergies
  • Slower thinking
  • Excessive worry and fear
  • Burnt out
  • Struggle to relax because they will crash, so they just keep pushing through. 

Slow metabolizers also have a tendency for chronic symptoms because the body simply doesn’t have the cellular energy to support the immune system or properly detoxify. 


So, How Do We Rev Up Our Metabolism?

  1. Tune up your protein intake for energy and blood sugar backup
  2. Choose your fuel wisely – carbs or fats, tailored to your body's rhythm
  3. Hit up strength training 3-4 times per week (no Barbie weights ladies)
  4. Make sleep sacred
  5. Make sure you're drinking clean water, free of toxins and chemicals
  6. Fine-tune with a custom mineral blend, courtesy of your HTMA results

Remember, there's no one-size-fits-all in metabolism. There’s no such thing as a perfect metabolism.

“We basically are aiming for flexibility and balance and the ability to adapt as required by activity levels, stress levels, and lifestyle needs." – Dr. Wilson. 

Life is always changing, throwing us curve balls, and we need adaptable energy to succeed. Metabolism is fluid, adaptable, and oh-so-individual.


How to Find Your Metabolic Rate?

On a Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis (HTMA) test, one of the first things I look at is Metabolic Type – a categorization into slow or fast metabolic types, each with its own nuances.


The reason why the metabolic type is so important to note is because it tells me what dietary recommendations your body will do best with. 

If you're someone who thrives on data and finds motivation in visible results, or if there's that nagging feeling that there's more to uncover because all your efforts seem to be hitting a brick wall, HTMA is your key. This test not only pinpoints your metabolic rate but also provides a tailor-made roadmap to elevate your metabolism, enhance digestion, and boost energy.

It's simple, cost-effective, and can be done from the comfort of your home – just a snip of hair, and you're on your way to valuable insights. 

Ready to turn your metabolism around? Start your HTMA test today :)

Hi, I'm Elishia!

Your Gut Health Nutritionist. I'm on a mission to revolutionize healthcare by supporting women who have been dismissed by traditional methods. With a holistic approach, I uncover the root causes of issues like poor digestion and exhaustion, guiding my clients towards vibrant health and a positive relationship with food. Join me in my blog series to gain transformative insights on understanding your body and embracing a new approach to wellness.