What you drink can play a role in your metabolism or in converting food energy into energy your body can use. You want your metabolism to keep revving up because a slower metabolism can lead to weight gain. Read on for four drinking habits that can slow your metabolism, and for more on how to eat healthy, don’t miss 4 eating habits that slow your metabolism, dietitians say.
Your body is approximately 50-70% water and depends on H2O to function. Every cell, tissue and organ in your body needs water to function as it should. Your blood is made up of a large percentage of water to help transport essential nutrients to your cells and also transport waste products to your kidneys and out of your body through urine. It also helps regulate body temperature through sweating and promotes healthy bowel movements, keeping your digestive tract running smoothly. Without water, all of these bodily functions and metabolism can slow down.
Keep your metabolism going: Drink water throughout the day. Also, remember to eat the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables, which also count towards your daily water goals.
Drinking coffee has some benefits, including increasing your metabolism. Research shows that caffeine can increase your resting metabolic rate by 3-11%. However, too much of a good thing isn’t healthy either. For healthy adults, the Food and Drug Administration has cited 400 milligrams of caffeine per day as an amount not generally associated with dangerous negative effects. That equates to about three eight-ounce cups of coffee a day.
Keep your metabolism going: Don’t skip your morning cup of joe, enjoy it, but watch out for add-ins like heavy cream and sugar, which should be kept to a minimum.
Calcium is certainly necessary for strong bones, but it is also a nutrient that is used for your metabolism. Calcium plays a huge role in the metabolism of almost every cell in the body and interacts with a large number of other nutrients. Not consuming enough calcium can lead to various adverse effects. Additionally, according to the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, most Americans are under-consuming calcium, vitamin D and potassium, three nutrients found in milk.
Keep your metabolism going: Most people do not consume the recommended three servings of milk and dairy products daily. Taking at least one or two servings of low-fat or skimmed milk can help ensure that you’re getting enough calcium that your body needs to maintain your metabolism. If you are lactose intolerant, look for lactose-free varieties of milk, which contain the same nutrients as regular milk.
Do you like ordering fun drinks from your favorite barista? You know the ones loaded with added sugar, heavy cream, and lots of calories? These fatty drinks can affect the functioning of your body’s metabolism. Plus, too much saturated fat can also lead to plaque buildup in your arteries and heart disease.
Keep your metabolism going: Read the ingredient list of your favorite drink and modify it to decrease saturated fat and added sugars. Alternatively, opt for more water in your diet or look for those “fun” drinks that are lower in calories, saturated fats and added sugars, or make your own like in this strawberry lemonade.
Toby Amidor, MS, RD, CDN
Toby Amidor is an award-winning dietitian and the wall street journal best-selling cookbook author who believes healthy and healthy can also be appetizing and delicious. Read more