Herbs and Spring

When spring is beginning, the herbs are sprouting, and the first young vegetables are harvested. Now is the time to relieve the body after the long winter – with everything that nature offers in these weeks. Wild garlic, dandelion, sorrel, chervil and parsley are among the herbs that can already be found on the markets. They not only add the special extra to many dishes, but also get the metabolism going. After all, they contain valuable essential oils, vitamins, minerals, protein and omega-3 fatty acids. In addition, they contain bitter substances that help the liver and gall bladder to detoxify the organism. Even small amounts of these aromatic plants enhance every dish in two ways. “Our food should be, above all, one thing now: light and full of vital substances,” says Silvia Bürkle, head nutritionist at Metabolic Balance.

Make a Change

Health is something to be treasured and valued. What you eat is the biggest thing that will impact your health day in and day out. Metabolic Balance has been helping people since 2002 make the changes they need to make, to improve their health. Tried, tested, and loved throughout the world for nearly 20 years, we know personalized nutrition!

If you are interested in making a change and seeing how you can improve your health check out our website or send us a message on Facebook.

We love helping people get better and find their way back to great health!

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Spring Herbal Drink

It’s time for a spring cleaning the bitter way! A spring cure rich in bitter substances stimulates the metabolism in a natural way. This wonderful herbal drink shows you how delicious it can taste.

Ingredients (1 serving):
5 dandelion leaves
Handful of parsley
Handful of chervil
5 leaves goutweed
Salt and black pepper
1/2 tablespoon of oil
1 cup (250 ml) milk, soy milk or oat milk

Wash, pluck and finely chop the herbs. Then add everything to a blender, season and add oil and milk. Puree the whole thing finely, serve in a beautiful glass with ice and garnish with more herbs if desired. Delicious!

Working From Home

The pandemic has fundamentally changed how and where many of us work. Many people either now work from home or work from home far more than they did before the pandemic. Although working from home has many advantages, it can also be challenging especially when it comes to diet and nutrition. It can lead to some not ideal habits such as eating at your desk or grabbing multiple snacks in between meals. At Metabolic Balance, as part of our nutrition coaching we encourage clients to try out new healthy habits. One example, is enjoying your lunch break away from your desk. This can lead you to be more mindful during your meal and concentrate on the smells, textures, and flavors of your food. This is known to help improve your digestion and satiety. By taking a break, you also increase your chances of being productive and getting a lot more done in the afternoon!

Here at Metabolic Balance, we support your metabolism with real food and expert advice, and we also encourage our clients to have a work and life balance. If you are looking to adapt healthier habits and lifestyle, reach out to one of our great coaches today!

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Wellness With Metabolic Balance

Over 1.3 million of satisfied participants have been able to noticeably improve their quality of life with Metabolic Balance over the last 20 years. Many of them wanted to lose a few pounds, others wished to improve a disease symptom and some simply wanted to feel fitter and healthier. Michael, for example, happily reports: “I was way too heavy. In March 2010, I weighed over 350 lbs. I couldn’t go on like that. My goal was to get below 250 lbs within six months. What can I say? I did it!” Do you also want to lose weight in the long term and keep it off? Then get in touch with us!

Carrot and Sprout Salad

If you are looking for a light and delicious salad packed full of nutrients and flavor we have the recipe for you!

1 serving of fresh soybean sprouts
1 serving of carrots
1 pinch of curry powder
1 pinch of salt
1 pinch of freshly ground pepper
Balsamic vinegar

Wash, peel and grate carrots. Heat a pan with a little water and cook the soybean sprouts and the carrot briefly. Season with curry powder, salt, pepper and balsamic vinegar. Allow to cool and serve!

Tip: As an alternative this salad is also delicious raw or with a little bit of fresh chili.

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Reset Your Kitchen

One of your first steps towards a healthier lifestyle should be to “detox” your kitchen. Clean out all of the processed or tempting foods that you know would throw you off track or prevent you from accomplishing your goals. This way you won’t be tempted to eat a bag of chips in front of the TV after a stressful day, only to be tormented by a guilty conscience the next day. At Metabolic Balance we provide you with many resources to help you revamp your kitchen. We help you with:

  • shopping tips, including how to decipher the information printed on the packaging,
  • information about where sugar is hidden
  • comprehensive advice on how to get good quality food even with a small budget,
  • detailed recipes that anyone can prepare themselves,
  • simple and varied meals for when you’re travelling,
  • delicious ideas for the lunch,
  • practical budgeting instructions and recommendations on stock-keeping.

    To get started with our program and detox your kitchen reach out to us via Facebook or our website.

Detoxing During Lent

For many people who celebrate Lent, how they celebrate it and what it means to them can differ. Some only want to give up certain things such as sweets, alcohol, cigarettes or meat. Others use the fasting period explicitly for physical detoxification of the body or as an introduction to a change in diet.

The king penguin is a master of fasting. For up to five months a year, it can go without eating a single fish. It lives on its fat deposits and can thus lose almost half its body weight. But it is not only in the animal world that observes prolonged periods of fasting.

In many cultures, fasting has always been and is a suitable method to purify body and mind. In the last 20 years alone, many nutrition experts have repeatedly pointed out the beneficial effects that fasting brings to the metabolism.

Today, many people are convinced that they are eating healthy. They study all the ingredients and check the products for organic, environmentally friendly production. Nevertheless, every day you are exposed to environmental toxins through the air or water. Therefore, regular detoxification of the body through fasting can be quite useful.

Regulatory system of the body

The body itself has a very well functioning regulatory system to excrete the toxins and pollutants it absorbs via the primary detoxification organs – intestine, kidneys and liver. The first problems occur when the primary detoxification organs are impaired in their function, then the body resorts to the secondary detoxification organs – skin, joints, connective tissue and mucous membranes – i.e. the toxins and harmful substances are stored and accumulated there. What at first appears to be a good solution, is an additional burden for the body, since in the long run transport routes are blocked and the function of the cells is severely disturbed. Enzymes and hormones are only minimally produced, as the supply of valuable vital substances comes to a standstill. A vicious circle develops: A lack of minerals such as calcium, phosphate, zinc and selenium favors the absorption of toxins and their unwanted storage. A high zinc and selenium status, on the other hand, activates the enzyme system and even accelerates detoxification.

Reaction of the body to meal breaks

What exactly happens in the body when there are longer times between meals? In simple terms, the body shifts its metabolism to “nutrition from within”. The body quickly switches to fat burning to obtain vital energy. The body reactivates a program stored in the history of evolution that enables it to fall back on its fat reserves during periods of famine. Decisive for this is the decrease in blood sugar levels when hungry, which in turn leads to a decrease in insulin levels. If the insulin level drops, this is a signal for the body to release more glucagon and adrenaline. These two hormones mobilize the fat reserves and fatty acids are released from the fat cells. The free fatty acids are converted into so-called ketone bodies. On the one hand, this ensures that organs such as the heart, kidneys, muscles and – after a phase of adaptation – also the brain have enough fuel for life-sustaining tasks. At the same time, the fat metabolism is also activated.

In addition, during the fasting process, various switchovers occur in the cells, i.e. the cells switch to a “protection mode” – aging processes are deactivated, “clean-up” mechanisms are activated. This process is also called autophagy. Autophagy acts like a kind of the body’s garbage disposal, i.e. damaged cell components are broken down and recycled or disposed of. The breakdown of unneeded or even harmful cell components also reduces inflammation, among other things. 

Fasting in transition

The traditional therapeutic fasting methods according to the well-known fasting doctors Buchinger and Mayr, as well as the modified Schroth therapy and whey fasting, are tried and tested and constantly discussed, especially in spring. The principles of fasting are similar: Abstaining from stimulants, abundant fluid intake, liver packs, intestinal cleansing and a maximum intake of 500 calories per day. In the past, however, these fasting cures have had competition, among other things, due to the emerging popularity of different forms of intermittent fasting.

Intermittent fasting is not a starvation or zero diet, but rather a “light version” with different approaches. While some prefer the 5:2 diet (5 days of conscious eating and 2 days of a maximum of 500 cal), others integrate longer meal breaks of 16 or even 20 hours. The main reason for this is that meal breaks of at least 14 hours have a positive effect on the body, as fewer free radicals are formed and blood sugar and insulin levels also settle at a healthier level during breaks.

Conclusion Therapeutic fasting and detox cures are certainly the preferred variants for creating a basis for eliminating superfluous toxins and harmful substances. If you also want to do something for your health in the long term and minimize the accumulation of harmful substances, it makes sense to change your diet, as is the case with the Metabolic Balance nutrition program. In this way, the body is continuously supplied with vital substances tailored to its needs, which are indispensable for enzyme and hormone synthesis as well as for the functioning of the organs. At the same time, this makes it more difficult for harmful substances to settle in the cells. Fresh ingredients, seasonal fruits and vegetables, coupled with high-quality protein and polyunsaturated fatty acids form the basis for a healthy metabolism.  In addition, Metabolic Balance gently integrates meal breaks – 3 meals with 5 hours breaks in between and a long fasting break at night keep blood sugar and insulin levels in check, enriching the body with the positive effects of short-term fasting.

Foundation of Health

We are convinced that healthy and especially personalized nutrition is the foundation of health. Health in turn is the foundation of happiness and happiness is the foundation for freewill and empowerment, thereby ensuring optimal personal growth and development. With our nutrition plans, we help you to achieve all this. We lead you to your healthy self, who eats healthy food with joy. Your quality of life will be noticeably improved. Over 1 million of satisfied clients attest to this that during and after a nutrition program according to Metabolic Balance, they feel fitter and healthier and are proud of their reflection in the mirror.

Start Your Journey

We understand the fear that many face when deciding to change their lifestyle. You may have the knowledge that things need to change but fear might be stopping you from making the changes you want or need to make. Two of the most important things are to remember is that you are not alone on your health journey and to have a support group. At Metabolic Balance, our online communities and your Metabolic Balance coach provide just that. So make the decision to act. Your future self will thank you a million times over.

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