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3 Ways to Control Metabolism with Food

The metabolism is a system that is managed my an entire infrastructure of hormones. Yet we all control at least three aspects of our metabolism, because our body responds to based on the foods we choose to eat. 

If you take a vegetable, like broccoli, and you compare that to another food, like ice cream, 230 calories of broccoli, isn't equivalent to 230 calories ice cream. Your body actually knows the difference between these two foods and that's because your body reacts to three different things in the food. 

More specifically your metabolism and body weight, all react to these three specific things in food: 

1. The value of the food. Seven cups of broccoli is 230 calories. 230 calories of ice cream, is one third cup. The general the rule of thumb is that the higher the value of the food, the more nutrient dense it is, and the more nutritious and ironically, it's also going to be lower in calories. Which means you can essentially eat more volume of those types of great foods without getting an overdose of energy. 

2. The nutritional content. Your body is naturally programmed to respond to the nutritional value of the food. The ice cream, a third of a cup isn’t likely going to satisfy you. In contrast,  most people could stomach eating seven cups of broccoli. That's because the nutrients in the food are what naturally drive satisfaction and fullness. And specifically in the case of broccoli, it’s a high fiber veggie, which points to the value of functional nutrients like fiber. Our body needs essential nutrients like fiber, protein & healthy fat.

3. The glucose and insulin response: Your blood sugar level is determined by the amount of glucose in the blood. Glucose is energy in the form of simple sugars, which gets absorbed into the bloodstream from the carbohydrates that we eat, or the sugar, or the starchy carbs. Carbs (with the exception of fiber) leave the digestive system and travel into the bloodstream in the form of glucose. The problem is starchy & sugar carbs that don’t include functional fiber, can create an excessive amount of energy or a surge, which can sometimes be as big as a tsunami of blood sugar. And when there's too much glucose or energy in the blood, the body responds by deploying insulin to help lower that blood sugar. The problem is while all this is going on, the body will not release any stored fat and instead switch into fat storage mode. So all that excess glucose is excess energy, stored as fat.

Your body wants to maintain a steady weight with reliable metabolic function, but it can't, if it doesn't get the right balance of energy and nutrients. Your body depends on you to provide nutritious foods to deliver optimal function & health, which is why, OVVIA’s focus is on education. In the MEMBER’S Video Library, Emerson teaches you everything you need to know about the value of functional nutrition, along with which foods to limit or avoid. 

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