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The bad news is that your metabolism slows with age. The good news is that you don’t have to give up hope.  There are plenty of things you can do to prevent the slowing of the metabolic process.

It is important to avoid constant, long-term stress and not to skip meals.  Stress and skipped meals slow down your metabolism and causes your body to go into “energy conservation” mode, thus slowing down the calorie burning process.
It’s no news that exercise is the fastest and most effective way of increasing your metabolism since lean muscles consume more calories and increases your basal metabolic rate.  Did you know that certain foods can also boost your metabolism?  Even small things such as drinking water will help to maintain a healthy metabolic rate.  The foods below not only have a lot of healthy benefits, but they will help your body burn more calories and boost your metabolism.
1. Almonds
Packed full of nutrients and antioxidants, almonds are high in protein, omega-3 fatty acids, and fiber.  This makes them filling and requires the body to burn more calories to digest them, thus increasing your metabolism.
In addition to being a great source of calcium, magnesium and antioxidants, studies have shown that a cup of almonds each day can helps to increase your body’s metabolic rate.  Be sure to choose unsalted/unsweetened almonds to avoid preservatives and unnecessary calories.
2. Grapefruit
Grapefruit and grapefruit juice can help regulate insulin levels in body, which is important for controlling body weight.  Weight loss studies have shown that consuming grapefruit or its juice daily (preferably immediately before each meal) can lead to more weight loss.  Avoid grapefruit juice from concentrate, which contains a lot of sugar and often contains artificial sweeteners and additives.
3. Cayenne pepper
Adding this red hot chili pepper spice into your dish will not only give your tongue a kick, but it will jump start your metabolism too. Simply season dishes with cayenne pepper powder to enjoy the health benefits of capsaicin, which is known for its anti-inflammatory properties, as well as its metabolism-boosting benefits.
~NZ
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