Take Care of Your Body

Often times in life we get so busy that we stop to take a moment to do things for ourselves! When was the last time you did something really good for yourself? One way to take care of yourself is to eat well, as this can help you feel good inside and out! Eating what’s right for you is the best present you could give your body. You are what you eat! So nourish your strong and powerful body with fresh and whole foods. Do something great for yourself and prepare a meal made of colorful, vibrant, and delicious foods! To learn more about how Metabolic Balance can help you take care of your body, visit our website and connect with a coach today!

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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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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!

Cooking to Relax

In the evening, after work, many people usually don’t feel like spending much time in the kitchen, let alone going shopping and waiting at the checkout. After all, who needs vegetables, salad or potatoes when there’s a pizza in your freezer? More and more people are discovering the wellness factor in cooking and, alone or together, enjoy relaxing while chopping and stirring after a busy day. While their fingers are busy with the ingredients and wonderful smells fill the kitchen, many people can easily work off their stress. Add in a bit of good music or a great podcast, and you have a perfect space to relax after a long day.
At the same time, the body can recharge its batteries for the next day!

Chocolate as a Healthy Treat

It has been scientifically demonstrated that chocolate lifts our mood. This is triggered by the so-called endorphins, in addition to the messenger substance serotonin. Endorphins modulate the brain’s metabolism and ensure that we become euphoric, but also insensitive to pain. Since they are also contained in small quantities in cocoa, chocolate is a light “happiness drug. ” Furthermore, chocolate is said to be antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, it can lower blood pressure and slow down free radicals.  Chocolate also contains substances that are said to stimulate the growth of skin cells and prevent the formation of wrinkles. Chocolate is therefore also a delightful anti-aging food! Important! To exploit its full potential and to prevent the pleasure from becoming a calorie trap, it is recommended to enjoy dark chocolate with a cocoa content of at least 70% or more!

Raw food – healthy or unhealthy?

Many people associate a particularly healthy diet with the raw food diet. This is because the raw food diet is based on consuming foods that are not cooked in any way. Fruits, vegetables, mushrooms, sprouts, nuts, lettuce and seeds that are not heated thus contain their full original nutrient content. Above all, they are rich in vitamins and secondary plant substances, as these are inactivated or broken down at 100°F and then are no longer available to the body.

It is also known that all cooking methods, whether boiling, steaming, roasting or barbecuing, partially damage the sensitive vitamins and secondary plant substances. It has been shown, for example, that half of the vitamins contained in food, in particular vitamins C, B1, B2 and B6, are lost due to heat. So what’s more obvious than to join the raw foodists?

Nevertheless, the reality is usually somewhat different than one has imagined. Often, after some time of eating mainly raw apples, carrots, cabbage turnip, etc., you reach your limits. The craving for cooked food can’t be simply switched off at the touch of a button and some people struggle with a constant feeling of hunger or satiety. In addition, digestive and intestinal disorders can occur and these are often the reason why the “raw foodist” project is quickly abandoned. This may also be due to the prevailing opinion that a raw food diet is equivalent to a vegan diet. However, this is a false conclusion: With a raw food diet, both plant and animal foods can be consumed that have not been heated to more than 100°F. This means that raw milk cheese, fermented fish, carpaccio, tartar or sushi can also be on the menu.

Preventing diseases with raw food?

The health benefits of raw foods are controversial. Supporters claim that many diseases are caused by cooked or highly processed foods.
 With raw food you can get rid of problems such as obesity, diabetes, allergies, gout and gastrointestinal problems. Raw foodists are said to have a purer skin and less susceptible to colds and flu.
Raw foodists reject canned foods, pasta, and boxed cereals, and completely ban tea, coffee, sugar, chocolate, and dairy products from the diet. The diet includes mainly regional fruits, vegetables, nuts, salads and wild herbs.

Nevertheless, many nutrition experts advise against a long-term diet with only raw food, because it is too unbalanced in the long run. Some people also get intestinal problems, because some fruits and vegetables are difficult to digest raw and can cause fermentation processes.

In fact, sensitive people can be affected by such deficiencies, especially if in advance always little raw food and low-fiber foods have been consumed.

Raw food diet and science

In a large-scale study conducted by the University of Giessen, Germany, from 1996 to 1998, 200 participants who practiced the raw food diet were accompanied by nutritionists and medical doctors for a year to find out how raw food nutrition affects health. The participants were all non-smokers and in good overall health.

The evaluation of the vitamin and mineral status of study participants surprised researchers: Although only vegetables, fruits, nuts and salads were consumed and the food was rich in minerals and vitamins, this could not be detected in the blood count. One possible reason for this could be that the subjects ingested too little fat. Fat-soluble vitamins such as vitamin A, vitamin E and beta-carotene can only be absorbed in the presence of fat. Furthermore, the subjects were deficient in vitamin D, zinc, iron, calcium, vitamin B12 and iodine after one year.

The supply of protein was also insufficient, as some protein-rich foods, such as the group of legumes (lentils, beans, chickpeas, soybeans, etc.) as well as many mushrooms, are unsuitable for raw consumption and were therefore avoided.

Raw food diet – which foods should be dispensed with?

Raw legumes contain a high proportion of lectins, which are toxic and can also cause inflammatory bowel diseases. By soaking and boiling, the lectins are largely destroyed and legumes can be eaten, but then no longer meet the requirements of the raw food diet.

Phytic acid contained in grains blocks the absorption of some minerals. Therefore, grains are best tolerated when cooked or baked, i. e. higher temperatures destroy the phytic acid. However, fermented grains, i. e. ground grains, soaked overnight in water, can also break down a large part of the phytic acid and render it ineffective. The disadvantage is: Excess water is drained off and a considerable proportion of dissolved minerals is poured away.

Furthermore, some secondary plant substances are not able to develop their full health potential in their raw state. For example, the ingredients lycopene and lutein, which are responsible for the red color of the tomato, only become available after cooking. Lycopene and lutein are highly effective antioxidants that can strengthen the body’s defenses.

The same applies to carotenoids, which, among others, can be found in carrots and bell peppers. If, for example, carrots are cooked and they are consumed in combination with fat, then about 40% of the beta-carotene is utilized – in the raw state only about 3% is absorbed by the body.

Potatoes are also among the plant foods that, when eaten raw, are not tolerated. This is mainly due to the potato starch. It can’t be digested well or at all in our intestines. Potatoes also contain solanine, which is slightly poisonous when uncooked and can cause abdominal pain, bloating and other intestinal complaints.

What is Metabolic Balance’s position on raw food diet?

The proportion of raw food in the diet should be increased overall, taking into account the positive effects on the body and the fact that, according to the German Nutrition Society (DGE), the average fiber content in most diets is too low. Especially vegetables, lettuce, nuts, mushrooms, herbs and fruits contain many vitamins, minerals and fiber, which stimulate digestion and provide a healthy environment for the intestinal flora. In addition, the secondary plant substances contained, such as flavonoids and antioxidants, prevent cancer and heart attack. Nevertheless, a pure raw food diet is not recommended.

Therefore, nutrition according to Metabolic Balance is designed with a high proportion of fresh food, which is optimally tolerated, tasty and healthy for our metabolism.

Metabolic Balance focuses on natural foods, i. e. foods should be cooked, heated or processed as much as necessary, but still as little as possible, so that the body is adequately supplied with all the vital substances and at the same time is spared from the natural toxins and pollutants of plant and animal foods.

At the same time, it is important to make sure that fruit and vegetables are not too heavily contaminated by nitrates and pesticides and therefore rely on organically grown products.

Acid-Base Balance

Are you full of energy, in great health, have an altogether positive outlook and enjoy life? Congratulations! That means you’re part of only 10% percent of the population. For most people it’s the opposite: they feel exhausted, are stressed and feel burned out. Many complain of such symptoms as difficulty concentrating, headaches, tension, joint pain, constipation, heartburn, skin impurities, cellulite or obesity – the list is long. All those things have a significant detrimental impact on your overall well-being – and are signs of an acid-base imbalance. All the physical warning signs listed above are an indication that you need to do something to restore that balance.

Nutrition plays a significant role here. For many of us our actual everyday diet is high in calories and acid-forming foods. Excess acid occurs first and foremost when you eat too many acid-forming foods, such as meat, fish, eggs, milk and dairy products, and not enough fruit and vegetables. Added to this, alcohol and nicotine can further fuel an excess of acid. Another crucial factor is lifestyle – because a lack of exercise and constant stress also contribute to excess acidity.

A good acid-base balance is vital for the most important metabolic processes. Hyperacidity prevents fat from being broken down and burned off – which means, among other things, that an overly acidic diet slowly but steadily leads to weight gain. This is because, when fat is broken down, it produces large quantities of acids that have to be removed by basic minerals (magnesium, calcium, potassium, zinc, selenium and iron). But if these basic minerals are not present in sufficient quantities, the breakdown of fat is restricted. 

To lose weight successfully, you need to keep an eye on your acid-base balance, in other words, make sure you eat in such a way that you not only get all the nutrients you need, but also in balanced ratios. If you do, you’ll keep your fat-burning capacity active.

Tips for Healthy Living

Who doesn’t want a natural, fresh appearance along with stable feel-good weight, radiant skin, shiny hair and healthy nails?

You can try the all the creams, potions and gadgets… but a truly natural, healthy appearance with radiance can only come from within. And your nutrition plays a pivotal role in that healthy glow.

Anyone who actively pays attention to the quality of food they eat has already taken the first step. What you eat is important – but it’s also vital to consider HOW you eat too.

Here are a few quick tips for a balanced diet for beauty and well-being:

– Vegetables should always be a part of your meal.

– Eat your veggies only lightly cooked (or raw) to protect and preserve the nutrients and the natural taste.

– Include at least 30g of fiber daily, from veggies and whole grains such as rye or oats.

– Meat, on the other hand, should only be consumed in quantities best suited for YOU.

– When eaten once or twice a week, fish provides an excellent source of healthy omega-3 fatty acids, high-quality protein, iodine and selenium.

– Keep your fluid levels up! Water is the foundation for vitality, health and a radiant appearance.

And the best thing to remember is to take your time and enjoy your meals. Eating well is like giving yourself an amazing gift every day! Love yourself enough to always fuel your body well.

For more tips on living healthily with beauty and vitality, check out the beauty & vitality page on our website.

Adapted: Metabolic Balance Australia and New Zealand

Focus On Metabolism

What are often perceived as ‘normal’ eating habits today, are so often not good for us.

Not eating the foods that are right for you can lead to disruption of your body’s natural rhythm. The result in many cases, is poor health and obesity.

That’s why Metabolic Balance focuses solely on metabolic health – when you address the cause and restore balance to the body, your metabolism can be reset and natural health re-established.

So, how you could feel with a balanced metabolism may include…

– Your sleep improves, and you feel well-rested

– Your energy increases, boosting your daily performance at work and home

– You gain strength and muscle mass

– You regulate your blood sugar levels

– You balance your acidity-alkaline ratio

– You achieve and maintain your desired weight

– You improve your overall quality of life

With these positive side effects, you can see where the concept of ‘food as medicine’ was born. To learn more about metabolism and the impact it can have on your health and wellbeing visit our website!

Adapted: Metabolic Balance Australia and New Zealand