It’s said that the way we start our morning determines our whole day. Whether that’s true or not, making the most out of the am to prepare ourselves for the day ahead is a great way to improve productivity and make sure we have a tank full of energy for anything that might come our way. While we sleep, our bodies are in “rest-and-digest” mode, and the moment we wake up, we activate our sympathetic nervous system and start-up our metabolism. Making it work in the optimal mode should be our everyday goal, as it’s crucial for nutrient absorption, energy flow, calorie burning, and the function of all our organs. Here are 5 ways to boost your metabolism early in the morning.
Drinking a glass of lemon water first thing in the morning acts like a little motor which activates our digestive system. It also starts the hydration process as after a whole night of sleep, we’re pretty dehydrated. The citrus is like a little cleanser which helps eliminate bloat and toxins from the day before, but it also sets the stage for anything else we might ingest afterwards as it coats the stomach lining and makes it easier to drink coffee or eat breakfast without it being too hard on our body.
Although there’s no hard scientific proof of what the water temperature should be, many people report lukewarm to be the easiest to digest. Cold water tends to irritate sensitive digestion tracts and room temperature or lukewarm plays it safe. If you can’t start your day without coffee, try drinking a glass of lemon water before you do so, it will make it easier to digest and absorb all the benefits.
Best Breakfast Ideas
Is breakfast really the most important meal of the day?There’s really no way to know for sure, as everyone’s body is completely different, and while some swear they can’t do anything without a proper breakfast, others claim that fasting helps them increase their focus and clarity.
Whichever the case may be, if you do fall in the first category, there are still some foods which are better to start the day with as they ensure you fuel up and have enough stamina to endure our workout, office meetings, or any other important task without causing an insulin spike followed by an inevitable crash, fatigue, and brain fog. Eggs are an excellent morning food as they’re packed with proteins, healthy fats, and vitamins which are the building blocks of a healthy digestion.
Pairing them with vegetables which contain a bunch of fiber, antioxidants, and other nutrients such as onions, carrots, spinach, tomatoes or mushrooms is a great way to get a ton of “goodies” and boost the metabolism, letting it disperse the nutrients all over our bodies.
Overnight oats are another great (and crowd’s favorite) choice as they’re full of fiber, and ensure we “clean up” everything from the day before. They’re best before a workout as complex carbs release energy in a much slower way so you’re sure you’ll have plenty throughout the toughest HIIT circuit or a 5-mile run.
Fruit is generally considered to be a great breakfast food, as it provides a burst of energy, but is also full of vitamins, antioxidants, minerals, and water to help us hydrate better (LINK TO THE OTHER ARTICLE ON HYDRATING FOODS). Some people find it hard to munch on fruit by itself as it causes them to bloat and the acidity in their stomach increases significantly. A good way to avoid that is to know which fruit is better for them and even how to pair it up with other foods.
Any kind of berries will do the trick, as they’re the lowest in sugar, and won’t cause an insulin spike. Sprinkling them on top of your overnight oats or yogurt is a great way to lessen the impact on your gut lining, so make sure to try that before you give up and eat something else.
Exercising first thing in the morning definitely revs up our metabolism as all of our muscles start pumping blood and our body temperature starts to rise. The choice of workout really doesn’t matter, as any type of movement works just as well. Running, kickboxing, pilates or hot yoga, it just depends on your own preference!
Some people love working out later in the day, and although the jury on 'what time of the day is the best for working out' is still out, making our body move burns calories, boosts hormone production, strengthens our muscles, diminishes brain fog, and increases productivity. If you have time to fit it in your morning but still prefer doing it later in the day, try switching up your routine for a couple of weeks and see if anything else changes.
Although the notion of a cold shower sounds pleasing only on a hot summer day, it’s a great way to wake up our blood flow and help eliminate toxins from our body. If you’ve never tried doing it, start slow. At the end of your shower, turn the water to cold and do a quick splash. Then build up tolerance from there. Reports show people feel more awake, have more energy and clarity, glowy skin, and improved digestion.
Unfortunately, in today’s world we can’t really count on food to be our only source of vitamins and minerals, so supplementation is crucial. Magnesium, B vitamins, Zinc, Omega 3, and adaptogens such as Rhodiola, Ashwagandha, Chaga and Reishi are important for stress reduction, muscle recovery, antioxidant absorption, toning of blood vessels, heart & bone health, and a healthy digestion.
Finding the best sources takes a bit of research, but it’s absolutely worth it as there are tons of companies on the market. Just like with everything else, consistency is key, so consult with your nutritionist and doctor, and try adding them to your morning routine. The changes will speak for themselves.
Whether you’re a morning person or not, waking up is the start of a new day, and whatever we do in the morning can help us deal with the rest of the day. With the busy lives we all lead, utilizing every minute counts, so try to make the best of them with these tips.