What is Metabolic Flexibility and How to Achieve It
Metabolic health is essentially your body’s ability to make energy from the food that we eat in order to support your body’s health and requirements.
Metabolic health starts with your metabolism, which is responsible for breaking down your foods and creating energy for FUEL.
In general, your metabolic health measures your metabolism’s ability to maintain optimal levels of blood sugar/insulin sensitivity, blood cholesterol, blood pressure and of course your weight and waist circumference.
Unfortunately, rather than working to improve some food and lifestyle choices leading to these major health problems, the most common solutions are pharmaceutical interventions. I see many clients who state they are fine while on many medications which can have long term side effects.
Below is a list of symptoms that can give you clues as to your metabolic health and perhaps if changes may be worth exploring. Some symptoms that may be signs of poor metabolic health include:
- Low energy
- Food cravings
- Weight gain and increased belly fat
- Blood sugar swings and unstable mood
- Joint or muscle pain
- Poor sleep
Your body’s metabolism can benefit by incorporating some nutritional and lifestyle strategies. As well many individuals can even reverse these health concerns. Some strategies may include are intermittent fasting, modified keto diet, eating nutrient dense foods, exercise, increased water and choice of beverages, cold exposure managing stress.
Rather than only being able to use carbohydrates or fat for energy, a flexible metabolism can switch between both as needed. This state is called metabolic flexibility, and there are a host of different reasons why improving your ability to utilize multiple fuel sources can help support and optimize your overall health.
Marsha Fenwick, C.N.P. R.R.T.
Marsha is not your typical nutritionist. She began her career 20 years ago as a Registered Respiratory Therapist. Later, she earned her certifications as a Registered Nutritional Consultant Practitioner, Certified Nutritional Practitioner, and Registered Orthomolecular Health Practitioner. Marsha is also a Certified Cancer Coach. Her clinical practice specializes in: sustainable healthy weight loss, digestive health, women's hormones, diabetes, heart health, and cancer prevention and recovery. For more information and to book a FREE 15 minute consultation go to www.marshafenwicknutrition.com