Skin: A Reflection of Your Health

Although face creams and skin products can help with skin maintenance, the key to clear and healthy skin comes from within! What you eat and drink has a direct influence on your skin health. Providing your body with the correct balance of nutrients ( helps to “feed” your skin. Many skin problems such as acne, psoriasis and eczema can be caused by poor eating habits because your skin isn’t getting the proper nutrients it needs.⁣

Skin diseases often result from internal illnesses and nutritional metabolic disorders. For instance, research has found that acne occurs in primitive tribes only when they gave up their traditional diet. Before that the tribe members had no skin problems.⁣

Evidence also suggests that acne can be aggravated by dairy due to the growth hormones found in dairy products like milk. Milk in particular is a real hormone cocktail and contains precursor molecules of testosterone – a male sex hormone significantly involved in the development of acne. Milk also contains insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1), which is similar to insulin and also stimulates testosterone production.⁣

When it comes to your diet and the Metabolic Balance program, be patient and consistent. Whether the change is due to an illness or cosmetic concern, your skin won’t improve overnight. That being said, if you stick with it, it will be worth the investment.⁣ Many of our clients notice a clearing up of their skin or having healthier skin after following their plan!

For more information check out these studies and links:

Adapted from: Metabolic Balance Canada
Photo: Adrian Motroc (Unsplash)

Coconut Flour

In recent years, using different types of flours and specifically coconut flour has become more and more popular. Although we recommend it only from phase 4 onwards, here is some information about this versatile ingredient.

Coconut flour cannot be compared with conventional flours such as those made from wheat because it contains only a few carbohydrates, approx. 15 %, and no gluten. It is characterized by its protein content and high content of insoluble fiber, with one tablespoon of coconut flour containing 5 g of fiber. Coconut flour is often referred to as low-fat, as the fat is largely removed during the production process. It is great for baking where the original flour quantity is simply replaced by coconut flour. You may have to increase the liquids when baking as coconut flour absorbs a lot liquid. This also makes it a great binding agent for sauces or even soups!

Whole, Fresh Food

At Metabolic Balance we place great importance on ensuring that only natural and healthy ingredients appear on your nutrition plans. We do not recommend using any ready-made products, instead we encourage you to create dishes from your food list and play with spices. Cooking for yourself is not only healthier, it also tastes great and simply makes you happy. Although this can be challenging at first, our coaches as well as helpful tips and tricks from our online community are here to help!

Kiwis

We love kiwis!
These wonderful fruits are also called Chinese gooseberries or monkey peaches and are originally from China. However, they are now cultivated worldwide and are available all year round. They contain twice as much vitamin C as oranges and lemons and therefore prevent the vitamin C deficiency disease scurvy. Just one kiwi is enough to cover the entire daily requirement of vitamin C. They also have a diuretic and laxative effect. The tropical fruit contains minerals such as calcium, potassium and iron as well as dietary fiber. In addition, kiwis are rich in carotenoids and magnesium. But most importantly, they taste simply delicious. You can eat them on their own, put them in your yogurt, or add them to a smoothie!

Health Starts in the Kitchen

Simple but true!

What and how you eat has a big impact on your overall health and wellness. One way to care of yourself and your health is to make sure that your nutrition is optimized to your body and its natural metabolism! On-point nutrition can make you feel healthier and happier, because when you eat good, you feel good too! Joining a community such as that of Metabolic Balance can be just the thing to change your life!

Photo Credit: Metabolic Balance Türkiye

Fresh Spring Smoothie

This fresh spring smoothie was developed by Metabolic Balance in collaboration with celebrity chef Jan-Philipp Cleusters.

Ingredients: (2 servings)
2 apples, cut into chunks
1 avocado, cut in chunks
2 thin slices of chili pepper
1 handful baby spinach
3 sprigs mint
1 3/4 cups (400 ml) coconut water
4 ice cubes

Preparation:
Put all ingredients except for the ice cubes into a blender and process until smooth. Add the ice cubes and blend until you reach the desired consistency. Divide the smoothie into two glasses and enjoy immediately!

Optimize Your Health

Is it actually possible to eat healthy…? Buying healthy food, well that can be easy. But to know which individual foods are good for your health, that’s another story. The solution for a holistic way of eating is: Metabolic Balance. Our nutrition plan, based on your personal blood analysis includes exactly the foods you need for optimal health.

Baked Beets

Now this is a recipe you should definitely try! Sure you had red beets – how about baked red beets? 

Ingredients for one serving:
1 portion red beets
1 portion cheese (e.g. brie, mozzarella, any semi soft or soft cheese on your plan)
1 TBsp. onions
1 clove of garlic
vegetable stock
fresh ginger

Preparation:
Dice the onions finely and sauté in vegetable stock. Coarsely grate or dice the beetroot. Finely chop the garlic and ginger (quantity to taste) and add to the onions together with the beetroot. Steam briefly and mix well with the onions. Slice the cheese. Set stove to lowest setting or turn it off, spread cheese over the vegetables. Allow cheese to melt – enjoy 😊!

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Happy Metabolic Balance Day

Nobody wants to be old, but everybody wants to age well. How does this work? It is probably in the nature of things that we are so fascinated by both old age and eternal youth. So much so that science has been driven for centuries to find the “philosopher’s stone” or an elixir of life that might allow us to live forever! While eternal life is of course science fiction, ageing well is most definitely possible.

It’s widely acknowledged that a person’s nutrition and lifestyle plays the biggest role in ensuring vitality and MB - Healthy aging - family cooking INTongoing youthful appearance up to the golden years and beyond. A balanced diet based on natural food can modulate the metabolism, so that the body can perfectly manage all its tasks without imbalance that leads to dis-ease and ill health.

MB - Healthy aging - funny older couple INTThe Metabolic Balance program is not just a “diet”, but a nutrition program which combines and includes the latest nutrition and scientific findings. It’s number one aim is to bring you closer to your goal of “vitality for healthy ageing”. Plus you’ll also gain the excellent bonus of reaching a healthy weight. Now that’s impressive!

Apple-Vanilla-Sesame-Dessert

It’s Christmas time and you want to have a something sweet at the end of your meal. What should you have??? How about trying this delicious, simple apple, vanilla and sesame dessert.  

You’ll need:
1 apple
½ tsp coconut oil,
vanilla pulp scrapped from the pod
sesame seeds

Preparation:
Cut the apple into slices.
Heat coconut oil in a pan, add apple slices and add in the vanilla. Sauté the apple slices until soft and have a lovely golden brown color. Sprinkle sesame seeds on top and serve. 

Such a yummy dessert – and 99% “on plan”!

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