Knowledge

Optimal health wellness starts will one simple ingredient: knowledge. In a world overflowing with information it can be hard to find what is best for you. Scientifically proven and tested programs such as Metabolic Balance provide you with all of the knowledge and information you need at one time. Along with guidance from our certified coaches you will have all the tools you need to achieve wellness!

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Take Care of Your Immune System

Anyone who eats a healthy, varied and balanced diet, perhaps even uses organic products, drinks enough and largely abstains from nicotine and alcohol, does a lot to keep the immune system fit and active so that it is able to protect against exogenous substances and pathogens. To learn more about the immune system and ways to support it, check out this infographic!

Credit: Bell Wellness

Cold Remedy

Thyme is one of the best known medicinal herbs for colds. The essential oils that are responsible for its typical smell and taste make the herb one of the most effective natural antibiotics. Our secret tip for all those who have got a cold: thyme. It is the best to take it as a tea or lotion to fight every cold. 
For brewing a cup of tea, you only need a few sprigs of thyme. Simply tie them together into a small bunch and hang them into a large cup. Pour boiling hot water over it, let it steep covered for 10 minutes and enjoy a cup several times a day.

Laughter!

It has been such a strange year and with everything that has gone on, it can be hard to stay positive. We just wanted to say we get it too. The way we see it though life is all about balance. When we feel anxious and disconnected about events going on around us it can be hard to see what to do as individuals. At Metabolic Balance, we obviously love the balance that the right food can bring to you. But balance can also be achieved in other life enriching ways. We wanted to share one of our favorite quotes from John Cleese.

“Laughter connects you with people. It’s almost impossible to maintain any kind of distance or any sense of social hierarchy when you’re just howling with laughter. Laughter is a force for democracy”.

Laughter is one of the best therapies. It can be done by simply putting on a funny movie, calling up a friend and reminding each other of funny times, reading a funny story, watching funny cat/dog videos, or watching your favorite comedian. Even simply watching someone else laugh can make you laugh! Laughter triggers so many feel good endorphins. We like to see as exercise for the whole body from the inside out. Laughter is about connecting and balance. So do something to make yourself laugh right now. Even if you have to fake it at first. Even better get laughing with someone else! The weird thing about laughing is that the more you do it, the easiest it is to start laughing. So laugh every day. Oh and of course eat great food too!

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Get Healthy with the Right Nutrition

If you want to strengthen your immune system, you should first think about nutrition. Studies show that especially the vitamins A, C, E and beta-carotene, but also the trace elements zinc and selenium as well as secondary plant substances, play a key role. These micronutrients activate the immune cells, stimulate antibody production and also influence the production of natural killer cells. In concrete terms, this means integrating a lot of fresh fruit and vegetables into your diet – as recommended by Metabolic Balance. Citrus fruits, kiwi, sea buckthorn juice and rose hips are real vitamin C bombs. Sauerkraut and green peppers also contain a particularly large amount of vitamins that strengthen the immune system. You should reduce or completely leave out alcohol and nicotine. They not only damage the liver and lungs, but also the immune system.

Diversity Matters

One of the most important parts of your health is not something you can see or even directly feel. It is the billions of microbes in your gut that through their diversity and metabolism modulate your immune system, mood, and overall well-being. Two of the most important factors that impact your microbiota are your diet and lifestyle. In regards to diet, eating a wide variety of foods, eating foods rich in omega-3 and 6 fatty acids, and incorporating probiotic foods are ways to ensure you maintain a diverse and happy community of microbes in your gut. For more information check out this infographic from the European Society for Neurogastroenterology and Motility.

Coffee

Check out this great post below about coffee! This is what Metabolic Balance has been advising for 20 years! New research is demonstrating that Metabolic Balance founders knew what they were talking about 20 years ago. For improved blood sugar balance, only have coffee after breakfast!

https://www.bath.ac.uk/announcements/drink-coffee-after-breakfast-not-before-for-better-metabolic-control/?fbclid=IwAR04GKmrbKtsXmmkGKdlbjMnr1UyZnckkFwJKiObbeZKLHMNtbIuukI0cmo

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Chickpeas

Chickpeas are becoming more and more popular. The beige-yellow legumes – in India they are also red, brown and black varieties – taste slightly nutty and are available either dried or pre-cooked in cans. Hummus is not the only way they can be used, chickpea flour can be used in many ways. It is, for example, the basis for falafel or chickpea pasta, which you can enjoy with Metabolic Balance from phase 3 onwards. The tasty legumes have a particularly high proportion of essential amino acids. Their content of potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, calcium and iron is above average and they contain a lot of vitamin A and B – a real superfood!

Tip: Did you know that aquafaba, the liquid from the can of beans, can be whipped just like egg whites? It can be used in baking to make meringues or baked goods such as muffins.

Eggs

Eggs are simple. There are white and brown eggs but for the most part they are all created equal. Well this is actually wrong! Today we want to highlight how important it is to know the difference between how eggs are produced. Most eggs are labeled one of three ways: cage free, free-range, or pasture raised.

Cage-free simply means that chickens don’t live in cages but there are no specific requirements as to how much space they are given. In most cases cage-free chickens live in barns or indoor facilities.

Free-range means that chickens live in a space where they could access the outdoors but often times these are just small doors. If barns are crowded some chickens may never be able to access the outside.

Pasture raised is the most humane condition and means that chickens have at least 108 sq. feet of outside space.

The next time you buy eggs consider choosing organic, pasture raised eggs!

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Spinach and Cranberry with Sheep’s Cheese

In order to get your protein, meat does not always have to be on the menu. Sheep’s cheese, for example, tastes really wonderful in combination with spinach and is a great source of protein. Check out this delicious recipe that incorporates sweet and savory! 

Ingredients:
1 serving of sheep’s cheese
1 serving of spinach
1 serving of cranberries
1 garlic clove
Onion
Vegetable broth
Freshly grated nutmeg
Salt and pepper

Preparation:
Cut the sheep’s cheese into fine cubes. Wash the spinach, cook it for a 1 minute in boiling water, and then allow to cool in an ice bath. Drain in a sieve, squeeze and cut roughly. Sauté the onion cubes in a little water and add the chopped garlic and spinach. Season with broth, nutmeg, salt and pepper and stir in the sheep’s cheese and cranberries. Serve and enjoy!