Yup. SUGAR, your metabolism runs on sugar and carbs! Are you shook?
I know I have talked about the importance of metabolism but here is a quick metabolism 411 and why I emphasize it.
To put it simply, your metabolism is how well you take in nutrients for energy and has absolutely nothing to do with whether or not you will be fat or skinny.
Symptoms of a sluggish metabolism:
⫸ cold hands and feet
⫸ digestive symptoms
⫸ wacky hormones + period probs
⫸ acne + dry skin
⫸ thinning hair
⫸ weak bones or teeth
⫸ frequent urination
⫸ low sex drive
⫸ brain fog
⫸ weight fluctuations
⫸ poor sleep
⫸ feeling irritated, depressed, angry, + anxious all the time
Let’s break this down real quick. We eat carbs which turns into sugar (glucose), the glucose turns into the stored form glycogen in the liver, the glycogen stored in the liver cells regulates the enzymes that convert inactive T4 thyroid hormone to active T3 hormone. The thyroid runs your metabolism which as I just said runs the show for every process in the body.
If we don’t supply our bodies with sugar then it will start eating it’s own tissues, yup it will literally start eating you alive. YUM!
This is also a super inflammatory and stressful process. Just because it is something our body can do, does not mean it should. This should be your bodies last resort and should only be used for backup in the case of famine to keep you alive.
This is why low carb diets and fasting do not work! You are starving your thyroid and liver of what it needs to help you survive and thrive!
And no girlfriend that doesn’t mean you should go face first into a box of donuts to save your liver and thyroid. We need quality carbs and sugar but we also need lots of protein, saturated fat, minerals and amino acids to support your metabolism. Nourish those cells!