Turmeric

Turmeric is a bright yellow spice native to India and Southeast Asia. Commonly used as a dye due to its wonderful color, turmeric is also a spice with many health benefits. The main active ingredient in turmeric is curcumin which has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Scientific studies have shown that turmeric can help alleviate inflammation, pain, reduce cholesterol and improve liver function and digestion. Turmeric has an earthy and slightly peppery flavor and is great in both sweet and savory dishes. Brighten up a delicious curry, add it to a salad dressing, or try it in a fruity smoothie.

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Breakfast

Many of us know the saying that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and there is a good reason behind this saying. A balanced meal helps ensure that your body has all of the energy it needs to function throughout a long day. Additionally a balanced meal will prevent cravings and from overeating at later meals during the day. With our Metabolic Balance meal plan, we make sure to provide you with nutritious breakfast options that will give you the right amount of proteins, vegetables, and complex carbohydrates to keep you energized and fueled.

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Get Started with Metabolic Balance

Although many clients start Metabolic Balance in order to lose weight, the benefits of Metabolic Balance go beyond weight loss. Following your own customized nutrition plan can

-reduce inflammation to ease symptoms and pain
– improve mood
– promote increased energy levels
– improve sleep
– lower risk of chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, arthritis
– provide you with the tools you need to maintain your new health long term

Working with a professional coach to support along with the custom Metabolic Balance plan will help you achieve your health goals. Whether you want weight loss, reduced pain or more energy, get in touch and see if Metabolic Balance is right for you.

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Cardamom

Cardamom is a delicious spice that adds a wonderful warm and earthy flavor to dishes, and is perfect to use during the holiday season.

Green cardamom belongs to the ginger family and it originates from South India, Sri Lanka and Thailand. The plant is a reed-like shrub and forms greenish-yellow seed pods on its branches. The pods have three compartments, with each one containing four to eight seeds that simply smell delicious. In the Middle Ages cardamom was known as a genuine treasure and today it is still one of the most expensive spices in the world after saffron and vanilla. The cardamom seeds are a popular coffee spice in Arabia and they also give curry and Asian dishes a special touch. You can either lightly squish the cardamom capsules and let them naturally enhance your dish or you can crush the pods to release the seeds, which can be ground into a powder using a mortar and pestle. Which ever way you add them though, you can be sure of a delicious dish.

Chocolate Gingerbread Pralines

Christmas treats are a must during Advent. In addition to all of the sweet temptations, however, we recommend a healthy snack, completely without refined sugar like these gingerbread pralines.

Ingredients:
60 g walnuts
100 g dates
30 g cocoa
1 tsp gingerbread spice (and/or cinnamon, cloves)

Preparation:
In a food processor blend the walnuts, cocoa, dates, and spices until the mixture comes together. Finally, divide the mass into small portions and shape into uniform balls. Let them dry and the pralines are ready.
We wish you a delicious Christmas season!

Bring Yourself Into the Spotlight!

This year has been challenging and filled with stress for all of us! In the chaos of it all, it can be easy to forget about self-care and making the time to focus on yourself. As we approach the end of the year, it is time to put yourself back in the spotlight! Take a few moments to take inventory of where you are in terms of health, wellness, and happiness. If you want to hit the reset button with nutrition and find a balanced way of eating then consider Metabolic Balance! When you receive your personalized nutrition plan as well as guidance from your coach, you will be on your way to reaching a place of wellness and optimum health. This can be your way of putting yourself back in the spotlight!

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Walnuts

Did you know that walnuts are a real super food?  They contain the essential fatty acid linolenic acid (an omega-3 fat) which is one of the two essential fatty acids that humans need to obtain from their diet. Essential fatty acids are known to offer a whole range of anti-aging and anti-inflammatory benefits. They keep the heart healthy by helping the blood vessels be flexible, prevent arteriosclerosis and have a positive influence on cholesterol levels.  

Walnuts are very high in protein and therefore particularly great for vegetarians. A handful of walnuts (about 43g) provides 8g of protein. They are also among the richest sources of antioxidants that help protect against cancer. They are rich in vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, C and E, pantothenic acid and important minerals such as zinc, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, sulfur, iron and calcium. Walnuts also boost digestion, as they are very rich in fiber.

Persimmon

Persimmons are delicious fruits that come into season in the winter. Native to China, Japan, and Korea, persimmons are also extremely nutritious. They are rich in dietary fiber and important vitamins and minerals including, manganese, vitamin C, and beta carotene. In the kitchen, persimmons are extremely versatile and can be used in sweet and savory dishes. They are delicious in salads, breads, cookies, jams, and pies. So next time you are at the grocery store, give this wonderful fruit a try.

Find Your Why

At Metabolic Balance® we know that there are many reasons why people make changes to improve their health. The Metabolic Balance program is your “what” but a key to success is also having a “why”. Maybe you’re looking for more energy to keep up with your family, better concentration for your career, or more stamina for sports. Whatever your motivation, our certified coaches work with you to keep you on track to reset your body and feel your best! To find a coach in your area visit our website!

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Diabetes and Immune System

How blood sugar goes into a tailspin during infections

Welcome to the flu season! Many are now plagued by flu, colds and sore throat. The change from wetness, coldness and dry heating air causes problems for our mucous membranes. The cold viruses are wreaking havoc – whether at work, on public transportation, the subway or while shopping. It doesn’t take long to catch a cold.

For healthy people with a strong immune system, a cold is usually just a trifle. But not for diabetics and people who have already developed insulin resistance. In this case, flu infections can have unpleasant consequences.

Whether cold, flu or gastrointestinal infection – for diabetics this means additional stress. In addition to the “fight” against bacteria and viruses, blood sugar also gets into the mix.

High blood sugar values block the immune system

Increased blood glucose levels, as scientists have been able to demonstrate, have a strong influence on the functioning of the immune system. For example, the scavenger cells are restricted in their work, i.e. unwanted viruses and bacteria cannot be trapped and eliminated by the scavenger cells with the usual speed. The migration of the defense cells to the affected tissues or to the lymph nodes, which also support the defense, is also impeded with high sugar levels.

High blood sugar levels are also responsible for the skin and mucous membranes being drier and often poorly supplied with blood. As a result, the skin barriers are weakened and pathogens can overcome them more easily and penetrate the body, where they multiply quickly.

Blood sugar fluctuations due to infections

When the immune system is fighting viruses or bacteria, fever often occurs as an accompanying symptom, which leads to an increased need for insulin. What is the connection here? Well, once the body has recognized a foreign body such as a virus, it tries to fight it off with all its might.

The metabolism really revs up and releases stress hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol. At the same time, other endogenous substances are formed to fight against unwelcome bacteria and viruses. These processes cause the body temperature to rise. Fever develops and viruses and bacteria, which consist of protein, can be killed by the heat. 

To generate the heat, the body mobilizes its energy reserves, which are stored in the liver and muscle cells in the form of glycogen. In this process, the stress hormones and the hormone glucagon are instrumental in stimulating the liver to release glucose, which causes the blood glucose level to rise. As a result, insulin levels also rise, because insulin is needed to open the door to the cells so that blood glucose can be absorbed and burnt in the cells. As body temperature increases, so does the need for insulin, which is not a problem for an otherwise healthy organism. For a diabetic, however, this means that blood glucose must be monitored closely in order to be able to react quickly to fluctuations. If insulin resistance already exists, but diabetes has not yet been diagnosed, this can also seriously upset the metabolism.

Although infections generally raise blood sugar levels, there is a risk of drops in the case of a gastrointestinal flu. Vomiting or diarrhea compromises the absorption of carbohydrates. If there is too much insulin, but the person does not eat or vomits the food eaten, hypoglycemia can result. The severity of this depends on insulin sensitivity.

Prevention and strengthening the immune system

Unfortunately, you cannot prevent a cold completely, but you can strengthen your immune system. Those who exercise a lot and are also in the fresh air, who also observe hygienic rules of behavior such as keeping their distance, washing hands, etc., are already doing a lot for their health.

Nutrition is also crucial for physical well-being and a strong immune system. A predominantly alkaline diet provides true nutrient boosters to strengthen the immune system. It consists of lots of vegetables, herbs, legumes and nuts and is rich in antioxidant vital substances. Numerous studies show that especially vitamins A, C, D, E and beta-carotene, but also the trace elements zinc, iron and selenium as well as secondary plant compounds are essential for an active and strong immune system. These micronutrients activate the immune cells, stimulate antibody formation and also influence the production of natural killer cells.

Therefore, the Metabolic Balance nutrition plan is ideal. It provides a portion of alkaline foods three times a day, thus supplying the body with sufficient amounts of all vital nutrients. In addition, spices such as ginger, turmeric and chili with their essential oils strengthen the immune-stimulating effect.

Unfavorable food combinations or overeating can harm the body’s defenses, as necessary nutrients for an intact immune system are missing.

It is undisputed that we need sugar for our metabolism – but the guiding principle “the dose makes the poison” applies more than ever. When selecting carbohydrates and thus also the available sugars, be sure to choose natural products with long-chain carbohydrates and a high fiber content to achieve a slow rise in blood glucose levels. These foods are richer in vital nutrients compared to refined and highly processed foods, keep blood sugar at a healthy level, and provide long-lasting satiety and fullness.

Plenty of exercise and sufficient sleep

In addition to a diet rich in vital substances, moderate endurance activity such as long walks, hiking or cycling are suitable for supplying the body with sufficient oxygen and with that also strengthening of the immune system. Another guarantee for a healthy, strong immune system is restful sleep. When we feel unwell, a flu is on the way or we are simply tired, the need for sleep often increases significantly. The advice “sleep yourself well” does not come by chance. During sleep, the immune system works at full speed. Studies show that natural killer cells and phagocytes are more active during sleep and thereby protect the body. Stress hormone levels also drop during sleep, which also has a positive effect on blood sugar levels. A lack of sleep can therefore impair the functioning of the immune system and is partly responsible for blood sugar fluctuations.

The metabolism in balance

Diabetes is a metabolic disease that you do not necessarily have to be defenseless against. Many people do not even know that they are already in the early stages of diabetes. “Pre-diabetes” is on the rise worldwide. But with the right diet you can do a lot for your own health. A Metabolic Balance diet enables the body to produce the correct quantities of the enzymes and hormones that are important for its metabolic functions, and thus influence insulin secretion in a natural way – without having to sacrifice taste and enjoyment. With the help of nutrition according to Metabolic Balance guidelines, it is possible to keep the insulin level in the body constantly low and at the same time strengthen the immune system in a natural way.

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