All foods do different things to the body. Certain foods build muscle; others contribute to fat storage or increase blood sugar; some provide quick energy. We all know that beer can cause a beer belly, and oysters aid in sexual stimulation, and prune juice…well, you’ve got the idea! The Fast Metabolism Diet is based on understanding food and using it as medicine to heal a broken metabolism with specific functional foods to evoke precise changes in your body.
Basil: This herb is loaded with iron and magnesium and great for the metabolism by improving blood circulation. Bonus: The essential oil eugenol has anti-inflammatory properties similar to aspirin or ibuprofen. That’s some superfood alright. Ready to “branch” out? Mint and coriander are also great herbal superfoods.
Onions: Did you know onions are rich in fiber? They sure are. They are also filled with vitamin C and sulfur and contain antioxidant powers. But they make our superfood list because they are great for boosting your metabolism. Very similar to garlic, onions contain minerals and oils that break down fat deposits and speed up your metabolic rate.
Chili Peppers: Capsaicin, the compound that gives these spicy peppers their zing, curbs your appetite and cravings. How? Capsaicin is a compound that stimulates your body’s pain receptors and increases blood circulation and metabolism. Studies have shown that eating hot peppers can boost the metabolism by up to 25%, with the spike lasting for up to 3 hours. Spice up your night! Try a roast beef stuffed chili pepper tonight. Cut the top off the pepper and stuff with two ounces of nitrate-free roast beef. Muy Caliente!
Chia Seeds: These tiny metabolism boosters are super high in soluble fiber – which, in addition to filling you up, has cholesterol-lowering properties and prevents the absorption of fat. For a hydrating metabolism-boosting beverage, try a chia seed cocktail. Add chia seeds, a slice of lemon and dash of Stevia to distilled water.