Before we speed up our metabolism, there are some basic things we need to understand so as to effectively speed up our metabolism. Metabolism is a term that is used to describe all chemical reactions involved in maintaining the living state of the cells and the organism.
Components of Your Metabolism
Your metabolism consists of three primary parts. Your resting metabolic rate, or RMR, which makes up about 60 percent of your metabolism, is the number of calories you use daily for essential bodily functions, such as breathing and pumping blood. Physical activity can comprise as much as another 30 percent of your metabolism. Formal exercise, as well as everyday actions such as bathing and walking around the office, count toward this part of your calorie burn. The final 10 percent of your metabolism is called the thermic effect of food — the calories your body uses to digest food and process its nutrients.
Substances in Foods May Speed Up Your Metabolism
Although they aren’t found in juice, some food ingredients — including caffeine, tea and capsaicin from hot peppers — may modestly increase your metabolic rate for short periods of time. Protein has a high thermic effect, which means your body burns more calories to digest high-protein foods, according to a study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 2008.
Capsaicin is the only one of these ingredients that has proven metabolic-boosting benefits and integrates pretty readily into some juice recipes. Capsaicin is the compound in hot peppers that gives them their intense, spicy bite. Consuming red pepper as part of a meal increased energy expenditure and promoted a higher body temperature in study subjects, reported a 2011 study in Physiology and Behavior. The higher calorie burn lasted for about 4 1/2 hours after the meal, during which participants burned 10 additional calories compared to people who did not consume red pepper.