3 Nightly Habits for a Healthy Metabolism

May 15, 2017 — You don’t need to leave the health of your metabolism to chance. While some of its effective function is beyond your control, there are things you can do throughout your day such as move more, eat a lot of vegetables rich in fiber, consume a healthy balance of clean protein foods and drink citrus essential oil-infused water that are known to have metabolism-boosting benefits. As you wind down your night and prepare for a restful sleep, why not try three of my favorite ways to end your evening in a metabolism healthy way?

Have a {Healthy} Snack

Anyone who has ever tried to slim down has probably heard some advice about NOT eating anything after a certain time (usually 6pm or 7pm) in the evenings. The beautiful thing is that you need proper nutrition (we’re not talking cakes or Doritos) to nourish your body all day and keep that metabolism revved up and ready to go! As long as you’re mindful about what you’re putting into your body as a before bed snack and you’re eating 1 to 2 hours before bed rather than right before you jump under the covers, it can be a great strategy to keep your metabolism healthy.

Sleep is so crucial to a healthy metabolism that you don’t want to disrupt a good night’s sleep because your tummy is rumbling enough to wake the dead! To ensure that doesn’t happen, a healthy snack is actually a good idea. It will not only allow you to sleep well, but you will be less likely to wake up ravenous and make poor breakfast choices.

A handful of cashews, a slice of organic goat cheese, protein smoothie (add some veggies for a nutritional boost), a cup of Greek yogurt or two slices of white turkey meat (with the amino acid tryptophan that makes us sleepy) are all good choices.

Practice Yoga

While vigorous exercise might backfire and make it difficult to calm down and get to sleep, a yoga practice is an ideal before bed activity. Yoga poses such as child’s pose, rock-a-bye roll, winding down twist and nighttime goddess stretch are great ways to calm the mind and relax the body. For a bit more muscle work to get the metabolism fired up, try twisted chair pose, crescent lunge pose, easy spinal twist or bow pose. These are fat-burning poses that boost metabolism.

You can also try some mellow resistance exercises with bands or just your body weight—push-ups, squats and lunges. Any exercise that you do to build muscle will help your metabolism stay healthy. According to the International Journal of Sport Nutrition, those who did resistance exercises had a higher resting metabolic rate for an average of 16 hours post workout. Just no Ironmans or marathons, OK?

Create a routine

Developing a nightly routine not only helps your body wind down to nurture a more productive sleep, it also helps program your body’s sleep triggers. As your body starts to recognize your routine it will fast track your way to metabolism-raising sleep. I love the routine of writing in my gratitude journal, making a cup of tea infused with Lavender essential oil or even making sure to get my to-do list out of my head and onto paper before I go to bed. Whatever you choose to do, try to do the same thing every night the last hour before you go to bed.

What do you do each night to keep your metabolism healthy? Share your nightly routine with us.

Melissa Esguerra