1. Waist above 36” for men and 32” for women
2. HDL Cholesterol less than 40 mg/dL in men and 50 mg/dL in women
3. Triglycerides above 150 mg/dL
4. Systolic blood pressure above 130 mmHg and/or diastolic greater than 85 mmHg
5. Fasting blood sugar level above 100 mg/dL
A person has metabolic syndrome if they have at least 3 of the 5 items mentioned above. Thirty four percent of Americans have metabolic syndrome—with rates rising steadily. Here are rates of metabolic syndrome in selected countries: United Arab Emirates = 50%; Australia = 36%; UK = 25%; India = 24%; China = 21%; and Canada = 19%.
What is causing this metabolic plague?
1. Poor diet: The food we eat today is highly processed and laden with added sugars.
2. Soil depletion: The soil is severely lacking in minerals and organic compounds—causing the food we eat to me depleted in medicinal phytonutrients.
3. Pollution: Problematic no matter where you live and can damage our DNA.
4. Stress and anxiety: Cause drastic changes in brain chemistry, which then affects the entire metabolism.
5. Poor sleep: When we don’t sleep enough, the body doesn’t have the time it needs to renew the metabolism.
6. Not moving enough: Vital communication networks that connect the metabolism stop working when we don’t exercise.
Before we curl up in the fetal position and cry “all is lost”, the good news is that we can fight back against this metabolic plague and have an awesomely healthy metabolism! Here are some things we can all do:
How to promote a healthy metabolism
1. Good metabolic health starts in the kitchen. Focus on eating a wide variety vegetables and fruits—which are rich in fiber and medicinal phytonutrients. The more natural colors on your plate, the healthier it is for you. Colors FTW!
2. Get your body moving for at least 15 minutes a day. It could be as simple as going for a walk or taking the stairs all day at work. When we exercise a mol ecule call nitric oxide is produced that is very good at rebalancing the metabolism. We like to move it, move it!
3. Sleep more. Sleep is how the brain cleans itself and removes toxic buildup. Get to bed early and wake up early. Sleep in a place that is quiet, cool, and dark. Limit screen time 30 minutes before retiring.
4. More time spent outdoors can promote metabolic health. Plants give of medicinal compounds that relax both mind and body as we breathe them in. What are you waiting for…get out there!
5. Take time each day to be mindful. Hundreds of clinical studies have shown that the simple act of paying attention to both our breath and how we were feeling/thinking can dramatically improve all aspects of metabolic health. Who would have thought that “doing nothing” is actually a whole lotta something!
6. Give a hug and have a game night. Warm social interactions make us feel amazing and brings balance back to the metabolism. Double win!
7. Take supplements. It is impossible to be at the top of our game in today’s world without using science-based supplements. Chose supplements that are patented, clinically studied, and contain plant-based molecules that have been carefully curated to promote metabolic health.