When you hear the word ‘metabolism’ the thoughts that pop up are usually along the lines of the body burning calories when active. Metabolism brings to mind sweat, weights and movement in the gym, however, the process is much more than simply the body burning calories.
Metabolism literally means ‘a state of change’ and whether you’re in the middle of a deep sleep, reading a book or playing with your pets, the body is always active. There is never a time when you’re not using calories, because the body is always storing and consuming energy as well as building up and breaking down molecules necessary to maintain health.
That process is what metabolism is all about and why when it is working as it should, you don’t feel sluggish or fatigued; rather you’re full of energy throughout the day and have brighter moods. This is also the reason why it’s easier to gain muscle mass and lose fat, because your body is sending the right hormone signals to your metabolic system.
Is it any surprise then that the body tries its best to tightly control this process?
Metabolism is a super important process in the body and so to keep control, the body sends out swarms of hormones to travel throughout it.
The connection between your hormones and metabolism influences everything in your body, so checking your hormone levels can give you a great gauge of how healthy your metabolism and overall body really are.
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What your metabolism actually does for your body and why the process is vital
Liz Lyster, M.D., an ob-gyn in Foster City, California, who specializes in hormone imbalances, explains why harmones and metabolism goes hand in hand.
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