The body metabolism is one of the most important processes in the human organism. It transforms the food into energy, repairs the cells and regulates the hormone balance and blood circulation.

Many external and internal factors influence the function of the metabolism, such as body weight and height, age, genetics and the dietary habits.

Having a slow metabolism affects your overall health, causing swollen joints, dry skin, increased cholesterol levels, weight gain, fatigue, slow heart rate, heavier menstrual discharge and even depression.

Apart from regular physical activity you should also consider consuming healthy foods that can give a boost to your metabolic rate, for example:

1. Lemons

Owing to the high amounts of vitamin C, lemons are great for detoxification, since they cleanse the whole body from toxins and other impurities. Therefore, the first thing you have to do in the mornings is to squeeze one lemon into a glass of warm water and drink it on an empty stomach.

2. Green tea

This tea is abundant in antioxidants and polyphenols which contribute to increased metabolic activity. What’s more, an American study from 1999 has shown that green tea promotes oxidation of fat due to its thermogenic effects.

Another study published in 2010 showed that green tea can maintain the body weight and encourage the weight loss.

It is also rich in caffeine and catechins which increase the metabolic rate and the energy expenditure. For best results, ensure you drink maximum three cups of green tea daily.

3. Cayenne pepper

The main active compound in cayenne pepper is capsaicin and it has thermogenic qualities which increase the metabolism and the body temperature. It also helps the protein activity in the cells, thus breaking down the fat. Capsaicin increases the fat oxidation, energy levels and lowers the appetite as well.

4. Grapefruits

These citric fruits are rich in vitamin C which helps in the regulation of the metabolism and the process of fat burning. Moreover, they contain naringenin – (flavonoid with antioxidant properties). Naringenin is great for decreasing the levels of insulin in the blood which results in optimal blood sugar levels and faster metabolism.

If you consume grapefruits along with low-carb diet you will also increase the process of weight loss. Always consume freshly squeezed grapefruit and before you opt for it consult your doctor since this fruit may interact with certain medications.

5. Purified water

This is not actually a food, but it has a great effect on the metabolism and speeds up the burning of calories. Purified water is a detoxifier and an appetite suppressant as well.

6. Apples

Apples are low in calories and are great for those who struggle with obesity. It also contains soluble fiber which helps the digestion and the bowel movement. Apples also prevent the cells form absorbing fat and help them to absorb more water.

People who love apples, know that this fruit helps them stay satiated for longer and reduces the cravings for unhealthy foods. For best effects choose green apples and make sure you eat one apple before your meals.

7. Soups

A study done at the Penn State University claims that combination of solids and liquids lowers the appetite and increases the rate of the metabolism. Taking this into consideration, ensure you increase the intake of soups on a daily basis.

8. Black coffee

It stimulates the central nervous system, thus increasing the function of the metabolism. Owing to its reach caffeine content, black coffee releases dopamine and norepinepherine and hinders the production of adenosine which is an inhibitory neurotransmitter.

According to an American study done in 1980, black coffee increases thermogenesis and fat oxidation and it can have immediate effects if it is taken after the meals.

However, don’t exaggerate with drinking too much coffee, since that can be counterproductive. The daily recommendation for coffee is up to three cups per day.

9. Cinnamon

This ingredient can do wonders for your metabolism. It is low in calories but rich in antioxidants and phytochemicals. It can also stabilize the blood glucose and heighten the insulin sensitivity which consequently leads to lowering the body fats.

Cinnamon is great for decreasing the levels of triglycerides, diabetes and other issues linked to the metabolic syndrome. In order to improve your metabolism, take one teaspoon of cinnamon per day for 20 days.

10. Almonds

Although almonds are rich in calories, they are abundant in omega-3 fatty acids which can give a boost to your metabolism. Moreover, they can reduce the secretion of the hormone leptin, which is considered as a natural chemical that decreases the metabolic rate.

Almonds also boost the energy expenditure and do not cause weight gain due to their rich fiber content. They also play major role in lowering the levels of cholesterol and the glycemic impact of the carbohydrates. To benefit from their powerful properties, don’t take more than a handful of almonds per day.

11. Cucumbers

Cucumbers are low in calories and play an important role in increasing the metabolism. They contain plenty of water, nutrients, fiber and vitamins and hydrate your body. Therefore make sure you start consuming cucumbers on a daily basis.

12. Broccoli

This super-food is high in vitamins, minerals and other essential components that enhance the function of the metabolism. Broccoli is rich in photochemical which plays major role in breaking down the fats. It is also low in calories and you should definitely include it into your daily dietary regime.

Reference: Global Healing Centar