Metabolism, as explained by Dr. Samar Yorde in her book ‘Rejuvenate in the Kitchen,’ is the set of chemical processes that converts food energy into the fuel needed for all bodily functions, from thinking and breathing to growth and mobility. It is not limited to the issue of weight gain or loss, and cannot be reset like a simple button for weight loss.
Metabolism regulates the acquisition and use of energy by converting nutrients into useful compounds like glucose and amino acids. This function is determined by individual factors such as genetics, physical activity, diet, and health status. Therefore, maintaining its balance is essential for optimal bodily function.
When metabolism is not functioning properly, the body emits signals that are not necessarily related to changes in weight. This process involves two phases: catabolism, which breaks down substances to release energy, and anabolism, which synthesizes molecules necessary for cell growth and repair. If there is an imbalance, it can manifest in various ways, affecting more than just weight.
According to Dr. William W. Li, author of ‘Eat to Beat Your Diet,’ a clear sign of unregulated metabolism is dry skin. This is because a metabolic imbalance can affect the skin’s ability to produce the lipids that make up its protective layer, resulting in moisture loss, dryness, and even inflammation and cracking.
This imbalance can also influence hair health, making it brittle, dry, and even causing it to fall out, as an altered metabolism implies a deficiency of essential nutrients for its well-being.
Another sign of imbalanced metabolism is irregular blood sugar levels. Abnormal regulation of insulin and glucose can cause headaches. It’s worth noting metabolic syndrome, which involves high blood sugar levels, elevated blood pressure, high cholesterol, among other symptoms.
The sensation of excessive cold or heat, without apparent cause, is another alert of a possible metabolic disorder. According to Dr. Li, regulating body temperature is closely linked to metabolism.
It is important to mention that a prolonged metabolic disorder can lead to inflammation throughout the body, including the brain, which can affect functions like memory.
Causes of a metabolic imbalance may be related to diseases like hypothyroidism and diabetes, as well as certain medications, bad habits like physical inactivity, an unbalanced diet, and sleep disorders. However, these symptoms can also be indicative of other conditions and natural changes in the body, such as menopause. In the face of persistent or unusual signals, it is essential to consult a healthcare professional for an accurate diagnosis.
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