A slow metabolism can have a range of consequences. As a man approaching 50, we might think it’s about middle age spread and not much else. But the truth is far from that. A slow metabolism is about the way your body functions. With this in mind, let’s take a look at what a slow metabolism is – and what it means to men approaching fifty.
A Slow Metabolism And The Thyroid
The thyroid gland is where a slow metabolism manifests into potential health issues. In short, the thyroid gland converts calories into energy in the body. This, in turn, powers every organ and every cell in your body. If the thyroid isn’t performing at full tilt, then our metabolism will slow down.
The figures suggest that around 1 in 7 people have some form of thyroid disease. A startling number.
Signs Of A Slow Metabolism
You might think that weight gain is a sign of a slowing metabolism. And it is. But it isn’t the only sign. Other symptoms include –
- Excessive and repeated tiredness
- Having cold hands and feet
- Slow movements
- Regular bouts of pins and needles
None of these on their own feel like a major health worry. But more than one of these and you should start to think about dealing with the issue.
There are other signs that your metabolism isn’t doing what it should, including hair loss, loss of sex drive and blurred vision. With all this in mind, let’s take a look at how you can manage this.
Countering A Slowing Metabolism
There are some easy fixes for a slow metabolism. Drinking plenty of water is one of the easiest ways. Exercise, especially those that build muscle mass are also fantastic ways to increase your metabolism and get the thyroid back in great order.
Then thyroid function is increased by eating a nutrient-rich diet. This means stacks of fruit and vegetables to begin with. Lean proteins such as chicken and healthy fats from sources such as nuts are also the order of the day. Take supplements if you don’t get enough of the nutrients you need in your normal everyday diet. You need iodine, selenium, zinc, iron and all the vitamins in your diet.
Look to help your body increase that metabolism and you can be on the road to a healthy 2nd half of your life.