Bloating

Bloating is one of the most common digestive problems experienced by many people daily. It is not
just an uncomfortable feeling though. It can also be painful, embarrassing and annoying!
But you don’t have to live with it!
There are many possible options that can help reduce and even stop bloating from happening. Gut
health and eating the right foods can play an enormous role in reducing bloating and making your
digestion feel much more comfortable day to day. Often it can be a problem with the combination of
foods you are eating, or just the presence of one problem food.
Our top tips for general advice to reduce bloating is to chew your food carefully, increase fiber in your
daily meals and include more fermented foods for supporting your good bacteria. These simple
strategies can make a difference for many people. So if bloating follows you around on a daily basis
give these a try today!
Metabolic Balance uses your blood test results to find the right foods for you – allowing you to target
problems such as bloating. Together with your certified practitioner, you will learn your foods and
create the lifestyle you need to know for balance, well-being, and long-term health. Feel you’ve tried
everything, but are still suffering? Get in touch to take the first steps to a long-term personal nutrition
plan that will actually work.

Glutamate

Glutamate – flavor enhancer with consequences

Our body naturally produces glutamate but we can also absorb it from foods such as eggs, cheese, meat, potatoes, spinach or cereals. Glutamate is essential for life, as a messenger for the transmission of stimuli.
The food industry also uses artificial glutamate (also known as MSG) as a flavor enhancer in various products. This may contribute to an oversupply of glutamate in the body. For example, soup contains a hundred times as much glutamate as naturally found in tomatoes or milk. Having an overabundance of glutamate is not without consequences and can cause head, stomach and limb pain. Glutamate can have another unpleasant effect: loss of appetite control! Who hasn’t experienced this: You open a bag of potato chips and you can’t stop eating. You continue eating until the bag is empty. To learn more about the different effects of glutamate, check out these links below:

-https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/foods-with-msg#What-is-MSG?

-https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/expert-answers/monosodium-glutamate/faq-20058196



Functional Food

When food does more than satisfy your appetite – functional food

According to product developers and food designers, food should not only taste good, but also provide a portion of health, well-being and comfort. There’s the yogurt that saves you the trouble of exercising after a meal, the cheese that speeds up sluggish intestinal flora and even juices that help boost the immune system with just one sip. And best thing of all, you can get all of those products, “functional foods”, in the supermarket for a bargain price. Health off the shelf! So why make the effort of eating a balanced diet, sticking to a slimming diet or giving up bad habits if there’s a supposedly simpler way?

But beware: Functional foods are not the “pill” to compensate for nutritional mistakes. 

Exercise and Metabolic Balance

Although incorporating exercise is not a must while you are eating according to your Metabolic Balance plan, many of our clients tell us that they have gained or regained their motivation to exercise.

“Exercise is part of my life again”, Kerstin says, who has lost 6 dress sizes with Metabolic Balance. “Three times a week I go running, and I play handball in my home club team again (without pain and with success). I’m doing really well! I sleep well, my blood pressure and my blood count are top again. I have become more self-confident and have a much more positive effect on those around me.”

If you want to learn how you can regain your health, visit our website and reach out to one of our great coaches! (https://www.metabolic-balance.us/).

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Transform Mind and Body

With our award-winning program, there are no magic pills, slimming shakes, or proprietary foods. Are you required to keep track of points or count calories? No way! Our all-natural nutrition program will bring balance to your hormones, optimize your health, and lead to a new invigorated lifestyle with successful, long-term weight management. Your personalized nutrition plan acts as your roadmap, indicating exactly which natural foods you should eat. Together with your practitioner, the program will orchestrate the biochemical changes needed for reaching your desired health and wellbeing goals. Are you ready to transform your body and mind and gain extra energy and confidence?

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Healthy Ice Cream

Enjoy ice cream without any extra calories!

Summer, sun, it’s warm and wonderful – the only thing missing now is ice cream!  Normal ice cream is delicious, but it contains a lot of sugar and fat.  So should we go without ice cream or go for the so-called water ice? Never ever! There are so many tasty ice cream alternatives!  Below are few tasty options to try!

Just try:  

  • Frozen yogurt (at least 3.5% fat) with fruit: Fill half of a muffin pan or ice cream molds with yogurt, add washed, cleaned and chopped fruit (berries, mango, peach, etc.) and mix with a spoon. Put the muffin pan in the freezer and stir well every 20 minutes until the mixture is well frozen.
  • Peel and freeze overripe bananas. Take the frozen bananas out of the freezer and let thaw for about 5-10 minutes, then add to blender with other frozen fruit such as mango or peanut butter and mix until smooth – enjoy!

Mood & Food

Did you know that 70% of our serotonin (aka the happy hormone) is made in our gut? That means
what is going on in your gut affects your body and mind. …and it’s amazing how often food choices are overlooked when it comes to your mood and overall mental wellbeing! Just like we need the best nutrients for our physical health, our mental health also requires the right fuel. Knowing what food affects our mental state and why is so important. Don’t let food damage, dictate, or drive your mood any longer. Get in control with a total body reset from your local Metabolic Balance Practitioner.

International Self-Care Day

International Self-Care Day is celebrated every year to recognize for the practice of self-care and prioritizing personal health and wellness. On days like today, we want to promote self‐care as it is a vital foundation of health. But what do you consider as self‐care?
-A regular sleep routine?
-Keeping a reflective journal?
-Taking a walk?
-Getting a massage?
-Reading a good book?
There are so many things that people can do as a form self‐care, but we feel there’s no better way
to do it than through retooling your nutrition. Metabolic Balance is the ultimate in nutritional self‐care. Why? Because each plan is entirely based on the individual and what makes them unique. We work with you to determine your personal needs and find the best possible program to fit those needs. Make nutrition and taking care of your body and mind your new self‐care routine!

Hydration

How much water does the body need?

The optimal amount of water depends on several factors. Depending on how much water we lose each day, we also need to adjust our intake. Since we sweat more in summer than in winter, the amount of water should also be increased on hot days. It also requires more fluid if we exercise and do sports, for instance. Those who want to detoxify the body should also drink more water. But body weight also plays a role. As a rule of thumb, adults should normally drink at least 0.5-1 ounces of water per pound of body weight per day. In order not to forget to drink, you can use special apps or set alarms on your phone to remind you of it, so you’ll always be well hydrated. 

Meat and Meat Alternatives

Meat and meat alternatives – always worth a discussion!

Many meat lovers love the smell of a grilled steak and often say that nothing beats a good burger. At the same time, many people are trying to reduce their meat consumption either for ethical reasons or environmental concerns. Another reason is that many people are concerned about the impact of meat consumption and especially red meat on their health. Many studies have shown that high meat consumption is partly responsible for many diseases, such as diabetes, cardiovascular diseases or even cancer.

Meat consumption – a health risk?

Scientists have the greatest concerns about “processed meat products”, such as smoked, cured and preservative-treated meat and sausage products, salami, bacon and many more.

Large-scale survey studies conducted by the renowned Harvard School of Public Health in Boston and the World Health Organization (WHO) have revealed: Daily consumption of just 50 grams of processed meat products per day (the equivalent of about 3 slices of salami or a small sausage) increases the probability of developing colorectal cancer by 18 percent, cardiovascular diseases by 42 percent and diabetes by 51 percent. Part of the risk does not come from the meat at all, but from the substances added to it or the compounds formed during production. Unprocessed meat such as steaks, cutlet and minced meat products also pose a health risk.

Nevertheless, it would be wrong to generally label all meat as harmful, it can certainly enrich a healthy diet. Meat is extremely high in quality protein, important trace elements and essential vitamins. Additionally, animal proteins such as meat, are considered complete sources of protein as they contain all amino acids that the human body cannot produce on its own.

Meat substitutes and meat alternatives in abundance

When it comes to replacing meat, the focus is always on proteins, so that the replacement products look as much like meat as possible and replace their function in a meal. So far, products made from soybeans, tempeh or tofu, are considered to be the most popular meat alternatives. In addition, scientists and product developers have also discovered peas, lupins or field beans as rich sources of protein, and in the production of meat substitutes, these are popular as the basis for burgers and the like.

But that’s not all! Scientists are very creative when it comes to producing “tasty” alternatives to meat. Today, sausages, vegan minced meat or bread spreads – “meat paste” based on fungi – are also available. The fungus Fusarium is grown and then fermented, resulting in a fibrous mycoprotein, which gives the products a meat-like consistency.

One of the most discussed food trends at the moment is undoubtedly synthetic meat, the so-called “in-vitro meat.” It is the result of sophisticated biotechnological techniques. The propagation of stem cells from animals in the laboratory makes it possible to produce meat that is similar to the consistency of real meat from animals. What once seemed impossible is becoming more and more of a reality. At the moment, the high production cost is still a limiting factor of mass producing “in-vitro meat.” However, scientists expect that by 2030 at the latest, the processes will be developed to the point where the price of synthetic meat will be the same as that of animal meat.

How healthy are meat substitutes?

Meat substitutes or meat growing in popularity and not only among vegans or vegetarians. Therefore, it is also important to examine the health aspects of these substitutes. In fact, meat substitutes are highly processed foods whose list of ingredients contains high-quality ingredients. However, during processing, these natural ingredients are broken down and vitamins, minerals and trace elements are lost. It is also unclear to what extent the protein structure changes, and whether these proteins can also be broken down into individual amino acids during digestion.

Since meat substitutes are often broken down to amino acids, it is completely overlooked that meat is one the greatest sources of zinc, in a form readily available to the body. Zinc is a trace element that is indispensable, among other things, for the regulation of insulin and the function of the immune system. This zinc is not found in meat substitutes unless it is added synthetically. However, meat substitutes based on legumes in particular contain, in addition to protein, a higher proportion of carbohydrates, for the optimal metabolization of which zinc would be essential.

What is Metabolic Balance’s position on meat consumption?

Metabolic Balance’s motto on meat consumption is: “The dose makes the poison!” – The vast majority of studies carried out under the aspect – “does meat pose a health risk” – have shown that there is a clear risk to health if there is a high consumption of meat, i. e. more than 500 to 600 g of meat per week. It is also important to keep an eye on the amount of processed meat products (salami, bacon, meat paste, smoked sausages, etc. ) and to reduce them as much as possible. Industrially processed meat products are not integrated into the nutrition plans we create for our clients and clients are coached on appropriate levels of protein for each meal. In addition to reducing meat consumption, we also recommend buying organic and local meat if possible.