Tuesday, January 20, 2015

What's Secretly Sabotaging Your Metabolism? (Guest Post By Danai)

Tuesday, January 20, 2015
A little something about the writer:

Danai is a lifestyle blogger, freelance writer, children's book author, actress, and petite model (whew!) living and working in NYC. When she's not juggling her crazy schedule or snarking on her blog, she loves to travel, bake, read, and cover things in glitter.

You eat right, you exercise, you check all the boxes and try to take care of your health.

So why do you still feel off sometimes? Why do you still have lagging energy levels or a sometimes sluggish temperament.

Read on for some surprising ways that you may be unknowingly sabotaging your metabolism!

1) Calcium Deficiency

Here's yet another reason to drink your milk - not only is calcium important for bone health, but studies also suggest that it's important for metabolic health!

Calcium deficiency can raise your risk of developing metabolic syndrome, so be sure that you're drinking milk, eating yogurt, or (if you're vegan) covering your bases with plenty of tofu, calcium fortified soymilk products and cereals, and calcium-rich greens!

2) Iron Deficiency

Vegetarians are often fairly health conscious, relative to the general population, and a vegetarian diet can be very healthy. However, vegetarian diets can raise the risk of iron deficiency, especially for women.

Iron is really important and it makes sense that being iron deficient isn't good for you. But did you know that iron deficiency can turn on genes in your liver and muscles that promote fat storage and cause abnormally elevated blood sugar?

To reduce your risk of developing metabolic syndrome, be sure to check your iron levels regularly - especially if you're a menstruating vegetarian. If you're having difficulty maintaining a healthy weight, despite eating right and exercising, and you feel fatigued, you definitely want to get some (easy) lab tests right away to see if low iron levels are to blame!

3) Irregular Sleep

You knew that not getting enough sleep wasn't doing you any favors - but did you know that it's not only how much you sleep, but when you sleep that matters?

I'm not talking about 11pm versus midnight. What seems to be important is how consistent you are about your bedtime. If you're going to bed erratically - sometimes at 10pm, sometimes at 1am, sometimes at 9:30pm, and sometimes at 3am - your risk of metabolic damage is still elevated, even if you're getting enough sleep.

Going to bed crazy late (or crazy early) now and then won't hurt you, but try to aim to go to bed within the same one hour window most nights!

Where you surprised by any of these?

Do any of these apply to you?

Do you have any to add?

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