“Good metabolism, bad metabolism, boost the metabolism, stimulate it, drive it” – the term “metabolism” is often used when we talk about health and wellness. Put very simply, the metabolism uses nutrients such as proteins, carbohydrates and fats in order to produce energy for all organs. Vitamins and minerals are also particularly important for a fast and efficient metabolism. If they are missing, highly complicated biochemical processes cannot take place. Numerous foods are considered to be real “boosters” for the metabolism. These include hot spices such as chili and ginger or bitter vegetables such as fennel and chicory, whose essential oils increase the basal metabolic rate. Protein foods such as poultry, fish, meat and cheese provide zinc, which is an important catalyst for metabolism.