Edamame are immature soybeans still in the pod that are commonly eaten boiled or steamed. Soybeans are considered a legume and have long been a staple in Asian cuisine. From a nutritional standpoint edamame are rich in vitamins and minerals including folate and Vitamin K. Additionally, soybeans are high in protein and a great plant-based source of protein. Edamame are great on top of salads, eaten as a snack, or added to a stir fry!
It’s gorgeous, it’s delicious, it’s purple… it’s the humble beet!!
This super veggie has an impressive nutritional profile. Beets boast many health and well-being benefits including
-Helpful plant compounds that can reduce inflammation and protect cells from damage. -Increase stamina by helping your heart and lungs work better during exercise. Rich in folate (vitamin B9), which helps play a key role in controlling damage to blood vessels. This can reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke. -Lowers blood pressure as it’s naturally high in nitrates. High in fiber and promotes the good bacteria in your gut.
At Metabolic Balance you learn what nutrition is best for you, but also so much more about everyday foods and the benefits they can bring you. Such as this beautiful purple superfood!
Wake up to this delicious and nutritious oat Metabolic Balance friendly pancake with blueberry, vanilla and cinnamon sauce is a great way to start the day! Inspired by Australian-based practitioner, Jelena Dakic, this recipe is perfect for strict phase 2 and is made with camel milk, is oil-free, and is sure to satisfy your taste buds.
Here’s how to make it:
Blend 1 cup of rolled oats with your milk allowance for 30 seconds. Let it sit for 5 minutes.
Heat up a non-stick pan on low to medium heat and pour the batter into the pan. Cook on low for a few minutes, covering it to speed up the process.
When the top surface is smooth, flip the pancake and cook for another minute.
While the pancake is cooking, pop your frozen blueberries in the microwave with a sprinkle of cinnamon and vanilla powder for 3 minutes to make a delicious sauce. For raw blueberries, 90 seconds is sufficient.
Pour the sauce over the cooked pancake and enjoy!
These pancakes can be made in large batches and stored in an airtight container in the fridge for a week. They’re delicious at room temperature and can be taken to work or school for lunch, but if you reheat them in the microwave for 30 seconds, they’ll taste just as soft and fresh as the moment you made them. Happy cooking!
The success of Metabolic Balance is clear from how it has spread across the world and changed the lives of more than 1 million people. Our global community extends through Europe, North America, South America, Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and the Pacific – wherever you are, a Metabolic Balance coach can provide support to help you on your health journey. If you are failing to prioritize your health, or are tired of trying diet after diet with no success, reach out to a coach to find out how they can help you.
Enzymes are proteins which trigger, control and even accelerate many biochemical processes in the body. As catalysts, they cause other substances to carry out certain reactions. It is estimated that about 10,000 enzymes are active in the body. They are produced in cells, organs, bones and blood.
Each type of enzyme has its own specific range of action and cannot be used arbitrarily for other tasks. Specific digestive enzymes contained in saliva, pancreas, small intestinal secretions and gastric juice break down the food into its components and prepare the absorption of nutrients via the intestinal wall. In addition to energy production and protein formation, enzymes control the transport of various substances, establish the balance between the messenger substances and support the body’s own repair mechanisms.
Enzymes are involved in all chemical reactions that take place in the body and enable a smooth process. Enzymes are vital for keeping our body in homeostasis and ensuring that our cells are functioning properly.
If enzymes are missing
Enzymes are vital. Without them, the body would not be able to absorb carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins or minerals. In addition to controlling digestion, the production of hormones is another important task of enzymes. An enzyme deficiency can therefore have a variety of consequences and cause not only digestive problems but also serious, life-threatening diseases.
Enzyme deficiency often leads to poorly healing wounds, one becomes more susceptible to viral infections or has a tendency to arteriosclerosis, to name just a few examples. As soon as, for example, fewer fat-degrading enzymes are present, cholesterol deposits in the blood vessels can no longer be broken down properly. Migraines, which affect 12 percent of the population, can also be triggered by an enzyme deficiency as well as other factors.
Causes of enzyme deficiency
A lack of enzymes can occur, for example, due to an unbalanced diet, diseases or old age. According to scientists, the main cause of enzyme deficiency today is the frequent consumption of highly processed, unnatural foods. This leads to a nutrient deficiency. The body no longer has sufficient vitamins and minerals available, which as coenzymes are crucial for the functioning of the enzymes.
A reduced function or a deficiency of enzymes leads to the accumulation of large amounts of free radicals, which can promote the development of chronic inflammation and accelerate the aging process.
Enzymes and body weight
Carbohydrates that are ingested with food are converted into energy by metabolic processes. Enzymes are needed for this. If there is an enzyme deficiency, then the body is in distress. The ingested carbohydrates cannot be sufficiently digested or metabolized, depending on the area in which the enzyme deficiency occurs. While undigested carbohydrates cause problems for the intestine, carbohydrates that cannot be converted into energy due to an enzyme deficiency are stored in body fat deposits. In light of this fact, it becomes clear: Additional pounds cannot always be melted by more exercise alone. It is therefore crucial to pay close attention to the diet and to prevent or correct an enzyme deficiency.
Remedy enzyme deficiency – but how?
For a well-functioning enzyme system, the body needs sufficient macro and micronutrients, i. e. the body needs mainly all 20 amino acids and numerous vitamins (B vitamins, vitamin C) and trace elements (zinc, iron, copper).
In addition to their broad spectrum of nutrients and vital substances, foods also supply the body with already active enzymes. Apart from exotic fruits, such as pineapple and papaya, local fruits and vegetables, especially eaten raw, are also very enzyme-rich. In general, raw foods are rich in enzymes that primarily serve food digestion and relieve the digestive organs, especially the pancreas. The pancreas is one of the organs that produces important digestive enzymes, such as lipases, peptidases and amylases for the breakdown of fats, proteins and carbohydrates, and that can use every support well. Below are list of foods that are rich in enzymes!
Examples of foods rich in enzymes
Contains abundant amounts of the enzyme papain, which can break down proteins into amino acids and also helps break down starch. A function that may be particularly beneficial for relieving pancreatic stress.
Is full of bromelain, a digestive enzyme that breaks down dietary proteins. In addition, bromelain can help alleviate pepsin and trypsin deficiencies.
They contain the digestive enzyme lipase. This helps to digest fat molecules into smaller molecules, such as fatty acids and glycerin, which the body can absorb more easily.
Fermentation changes food and usually makes it more digestible. During the fermentation process, the microorganisms form enzymes which, in combination with fiber, form a healthy basis for the intestinal bacteria.
Enzymes that we ingest through food supports digestive enzymes, but cannot be directly absorbed by the body and used for metabolic processes, no matter how much enzyme-rich food is consumed, because enzymes are proteins and are also broken down during the digestive process. Therefore, it is equally important not only to focus on the consumption of enzyme-rich foods, but also to absorb numerous micronutrients that are useful for the body’s own synthesis of enzymes. With the Metabolic Balance nutrition program you get a healthy, balanced diet that can support both the digestive enzymes and the enzymes active in the metabolism. This is the basis for a balanced metabolism.
Turmeric is generally known for its bright yellow color and the wow factor it adds to curries, but its real claim to fame is actually its extraordinary anti-inflammatory value. The spice’s inflammation-fighting magic is largely due to its primary active ingredient – curcumin. This bioactive compound is also a strong antioxidant and offers a number of major benefits for our brains and bodies. Chronic inflammation contributes to a number of common health conditions, so curcumin might also help with issues such as inflammatory bowel disease, pancreatitis, and arthritis. Curcumin is poorly absorbed by the body, however black pepper contains a compound called piperine that boosts curcumin absorption. This one of the reasons why many recipes or products with turmeric have black pepper as an ingredient. Do you have turmeric in your spice cabinet?
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Blood has a crucial job to do – it brings oxygen and nutrients to your body’s cells, and carries waste products away. Without blood, our bodies can’t function. But there’s another, unique element to blood that can enable us to boost our health beyond basic biology. Our blood can tell us what we are missing and what we have in excess, and allow us to provide the best possible nutrition for ourselves. And that’s exactly what Metabolic Balance is all about. Your certified coach will use your blood values – along with information such as measurements, weight, existing conditions and food preferences – to create an individualized nutrition plan that gives you the best chance at long-term, overall health.
Basically, we get to know your blood, to get to know you! And, as a result, provide a nutrition plan as unique as you.
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Arugula is an herb in the mustard family that is often referred to as “rucola”, “rocket”, or “rugula”. It was first cultivated hundreds of years ago in the Mediterranean but is now found around the world. It is commonly used in salads or added on top of dishes such as pizza. It has a peppery and slightly bitter flavor that is a delicious addition to many different dishes and ingredients, especially seasonal summer fruits and vegetables. In regards to nutrition, arugula is packed full of nutrients. It is an excellent source of vitamins A, C, K, fiber, iron and folate. The next time you are thinking of making a salad try adding a bit of arugula!
Losing weight is a constant struggle and goal for many people. Research shows that 82% of all women have tried a diet in the last two years – though their success has usually been short-lived.
At Metabolic Balance, we look at weight loss and weight maintenance as a piece of the overall health package. Our programs focus on resetting your metabolism with a permanent change in diet.
While other diets offer short-term results, Metabolic Balance creates a unique nutrition plan according to your metabolic health and personal health data, which enables you to maintain a stable weight and avoid the common yo-yo effect.
If you’re trapped in a battle of weight-cycling – heading downhill then steeply uphill again – take a look at how Metabolic Balance can help break the pattern.
They say our bodies are temples, and we agree, they are sacred places that need to be treated as such.
The food you fuel your body with has a huge impact on your health, while some foods can prompt chronic health conditions, others provide medicinal and protective qualities that can help ward off disease.
Research shows that having the right nutrition supports good health by reducing harmful risk factors of cardiovascular disease like inflammation, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and poor sleep. At Metabolic Balance we create a custom and personalized nutrition plan for your body to provide it with the nutrients that it needs for health and wellness. To learn more about how Metabolic Balance can help you visit our website!
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