Metabolism is the sum of all chemical reactions taking place within the cells in the body that either use or create energy. Some people have faster metabolism than others, and this is in part determined by one’s genes.

Although your genes might play a partial role in whether you have a slower or faster metabolism, a combination of regular exercise and proper diet can significantly improve this process within the body. Scientists agree that the best period of the day to kick-start your metabolism is early in the morning, right after you’ve gotten out of bed and your body is craving food and water.

Many people are not familiar with how metabolism works and what function it has. During exercising or any physical activity, your body uses the energy stored in it to make the moves. However, this is not the only time you use energy. As a matter of fact, stored energy is used all the time for basic functions of the body such as breathing, cell functioning, and pumping blood as well. The speed of one’s metabolism is determined by metabolic rate, also called basal metabolic rate or BMR, referring to the amount of calories one burns while at rest.

A person with a faster metabolism requires higher amounts of energy in order to function properly, typically tapping into energy storage. On the contrary, one with a much slower metabolism is in need of less energy when at rest. As a result, people with a slow metabolism store energy in the form of fat.

If you want to accelerate your metabolic rate, we suggest trying these 4 simple water recipes. You can consume them either in the morning, upon waking up, or in between meals. Even though these recipes will undoubtedly help you boost your metabolism, do not expect any dramatic changes in your physical appearance.

Fire up Your Metabolism with These Water Recipes

  1. Ginger Cucumber Water

Ingredients:

  • 1 small piece of ginger
  • ½ cucumber (sliced)
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • boiling water

Directions:

Grate the ginger into a teapot with boiling water, and allow it to steep for a few minutes. Then, strain the liquid and fill a cup with it. Add the honey and the cucumber slices, mix well, and consume right away.

  1. Lemon Ginger Water

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium lemon (sliced)
  • 1 tablespoon of grated fresh ginger
  • warm water

Directions:

Put the grated ginger into a glass with warm water and stir well. Next, add the lemon slices and stir again. Your metabolism-boosting drink is ready!

This water recipe includes lemon juice and ginger, both of which possess powerful metabolism-boosting properties. Moreover, lemon juice is high in vitamin C and antioxidant content.

  1. Grapefruit Water

Ingredients:

  • ½ grapefruit
  • ½ sliced grapefruit
  • 2 teaspoons of dried rosemary
  • 2 cups of boiling water

Directions:

Add the dried rosemary into the boiling water and allow it to steep for a couple of minutes. Then, strain the liquid and combine it with the juice of ½ grapefruit, ½ grapefruit slices and mix well. Enjoy!

Grapefruit and rosemary have been proven to be potent metabolism boosters.

In a 2006 study, obese participants who were given eight ounces of grapefruit before meals succeeded in losing almost three and a half pounds within a period of twelve weeks.

On the other hand, rosemary has amazing antioxidant properties and helps speed up metabolism and eliminate endogenous estrogens.

  1. Ginger Green Tea

Ingredients:

  • 2 teaspoons of green tea
  • 1 tablespoon of grated ginger
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • boiling water

Directions:

Add the grated ginger into a glass of boiling water. Then, place the green tea into an infuser and allow it to steep for several minutes. Remove the infuser and add the honey. Stir well and drink up!

According to a study, ginger consumption helped obese men curb their appetite and produced a warming effect of energy. On the other hand, green tea has been shown to provide thermogenic properties and stimulate fat oxidation.

Sources:

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