Ask Gerda: How do you support your metabolism as you age?

Ask Gerda: How do you support your metabolism as you age?

Ask Gerda: How do you support your metabolism as you age?

Gerda Endemann, our senior director of science and research, has a BA in nutrition from UC Berkeley, a Ph.D. in nutritional biochemistry from MIT, and a passion for selecting cherries at our wellness store. He spends much of his time interpreting research, established and emerging. You will find some of his deep dives into health conditions in our growing library of articles called NEWS BLOCK PhD. You can send your own questions for Gerda to [email protected].

Dear NEWS BLOCK, I don’t know if everyone’s metabolism slows down between thirty and forty, but mine does, and I’m curious about the different ways to support it.
—Chelsea

Hi Chelsea. The metabolism slows down as we age. You can support your metabolism with specific types of exercise and nutrients. And mixing our new metabolism-boosting super powder into your daily shake. More on that in a moment.

When you exercise, your metabolism speeds up to boost your muscles. This increased metabolism persists even after you stop moving, up to an hour. And because heat is generated as a byproduct of metabolism, you feel hot not only during but also after exercising. Try to avoid being sedentary for long periods of time. When it cools down, it’s time to get moving again.

Keep your muscles activated while standing at your desk with the GAIAM Balance Board. It is very easy to use and you may love it.

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One of the reasons for slower metabolism as we age is decreased muscle mass. Muscles have a faster metabolism (that is, they consume more energy) than fat tissue, even when they are not doing anything. So a great way to increase metabolism is to build muscle. Without a little effort to prevent muscle loss, our muscles tend to shrink with age.

Try some new muscle building tools: You can use GAIAM Restore Ankle Weights while walking around your house. And use the three-, five-, and ten-pound hand weights for exercise.

Provide nutritional support for muscle maintenance and growth with high-quality proteins like Four Sigmatic’s Superfood Protein Packs.

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Metabolism is a series of chemical reactions that digest food, convert it into energy, and use that energy to move and think. In the end, the fuels you have consumed have been used up and you have energized your body. What is the best way to support these chemical reactions? One simple way is to provide cofactors – vitamins and minerals that drive chemical reactions. The B vitamins and magnesium are the most obvious. They are necessary cofactors every step of the way when carbohydrates and fats are burned for energy.

Throughout evolution, until a few hundred years ago, we ate primarily whole foods that provided not only fuels (carbohydrates and fats) but also the vitamins and minerals needed to burn these fuels. However, much of what we eat now is concentrated fuel without the cofactors necessary to metabolize the fuel. For example, magnesium and B vitamins are removed in the production of white flour and white sugar. This is one of the reasons many people choose to take supplements. High School Genes is an excellent source of B vitamins and LivOn Labs produces liposomal magnesium in easy-to-swallow packets. *

You may have heard that as we age, we lose mitochondria. These are the compartments in cells where fats and carbohydrates are burned and energy is generated. High School Genes includes ingredients to support mitochondria: generous amounts of niacin and niacinamide, along with the mitochondrial cofactor alpha lipoic acid. *

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But along with the nutrients and exercise, there is something else worth trying: 7-Keto.® DHEA. There is evidence from clinical studies that when used in conjunction with a healthy diet and exercise, 7-Keto DHEA can help increase metabolic rate. 7-Keto DHEA is a natural metabolite of DHEA, a common steroid found in the body. But unlike DHEA, 7-Keto DHEA does not convert to sex hormones, so don’t worry about hormonal effects. Goop’s metabolism-boosting super powder is formulated with a clinically studied dose of 7-Keto DHEA. It also contains a concentrated extract of cinnamon to help maintain healthy blood sugar levels when used as part of your diet, and holy basil, my favorite botanical sweet. *

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To recap: High school gene and metabolism-boosting multivitamin superpowder packs complement each other very well. For fuel, try the smoothie recipe our Food Director Caitlin O’Malley created for the super powder. Or eat the delicious, nutrient-dense foods you like, such as Summer Rolls with Chicken Curry Salad with Spicy Mango Sauce. NEWS BLOCK kitchen, or this Greek Wild Rice Bowl from Seamus Mullen. Then just add movement.

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

This article is for informational purposes only. It is not, nor is it intended to be, a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment and should never be relied upon for specific medical advice. To the extent that this article presents the advice of physicians or medical professionals, the opinions expressed are the opinions of the cited expert and do not necessarily represent the opinions of NEWS BLOCK.

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