Hi, and welcome to Ancient Medicine Today, where we teach you how to use food as medicine. Ancient Medicine Today is your program each weekday, 10:30 Central Time, brought to you by draxe.com. I’m Jordan Rubin and I’m here to share with you foods to boost metabolism. Now, once we get to a certain age, and for most of us it's our late twenties, our metabolism begins to become less efficient and slow down. Now, people most often associate metabolism with weight loss or burning fat, and that certainly is important. But our metabolism actually can be critical to our absorption and utilization of nutrients and beneficial compounds, and our simultaneous detoxification of chemicals. So everyone watching, even if you are thin, can benefit from these foods that are going to boost your metabolism.
Let's face it, so many people are on diets, they bounce from one to the other. These ancient super foods can be useful each and every day to not only boost your metabolism, give you energy, but also be great for your immune system. So this isn't something with side effects, these will have side benefits. So let's get started right away. Number one, chia seeds. Chia seeds have been called runners’ food. Now, chia is an interesting seed, it's actually a seed of the sage plant. Chia, when you consume it, can be digested whole. What that means is, these tiny seeds can be consumed and they're hard, so you need to sort of suck on them, so to speak, and then when you swallow them, the majority of them will be digested. Chia also holds about eight times its weight in water, containing mucilaginous fiber.
The story goes that people would go on long treks up to 26 miles, which we now call a marathon, and they would only carry a little sack of chia seed, that would be it. They would eat it, and therefore, called runners’ food. Good source of fiber, high in omega-3 fats, and an easily absorbed starch component that gives you sustained energy. Paul Bragg, a health pioneer, was I believe in his eighties when he went on a hike with young 20-year-olds, and he brought chia seeds and they didn't, and he out-hiked them all.
So consume chia seed whole or ground, I like to consume chia seed in kombucha. There are chia seed beverages. You can make chia pudding with great recipes on draxe.com. We use chia as part of baking, so it's so useful. I recommend about two to three tablespoons of chia a day, once or twice. If you're doing an event, an athletic event, a hike, etc., or a trip to Disney World with the kids, which is coming up for me soon, consume some chia. It's a great energy source and it's good for the gut. Number two, coconut oil. This is a perfect pairing with chia seed. In fact, there's a great recipe where you take ground chia, coconut oil, put a little cacao and honey, and make sort of these chia balls.
Those are the ultimate pre-run or pre-workout food. So if you're going to have an athletic event, play some flag football, play some basketball, or if you're a teenager and you're in high school sports or a pro, I think carb-loading is out, fat loading is in. Coconut oil is a great source of energy due to its medium chain triglycerides which are burned differently and more efficiently than longer chain fats. They're also antifungal. So if you like MCTs, the best way to get them is through organic extra virgin coconut oil, or coconut meat, or coconut butter. Coconut is an awesome food to boost your metabolism because, not only will it help you eat less, as will chia seed, but it is known as the fat that helps you burn fat and boost thyroid production. So coconut oil is great, cook with it, use it in smoothies, eat it off the spoon. Number three, bone broth. Now remember I told you, there's more to metabolism than just weight loss.
Bone broth is known as a serum soluble liquid. I’m going to explain this more and more on Ancient Medicine Today. Serum solubility means that the nutrients and compounds are in solution the way your body is used to getting nutrients. So all of the collagen, all of the chondroitin and glucosamine, all of the amino acids, proline and glycine, the hyaluronic acid for your joints and your skin, as well as the minerals potassium and sodium, are there for you. Bone broth is the ultimate energy and workout beverage. Folks, think about this, you're consuming sports drinks, and they have sugar, sometimes they have artificial or natural non-caloric sweeteners but they don't have protein, they don't have organic minerals. Bone broth does. I think bone broth is the best beverage for fitness and for metabolism, because when you consume bone broth you're getting protein and all of these other nutrients and compounds, and you're improving your gut health, and you feel so light, so assimilable. Consume bone broth one to three cups a day.
Make it yourself, there's recipes on draxe.com. You can buy it in your local health food or grocery store, or consume a powdered protein from bone broth. Folks, awesome food to boost metabolism. I’m Jordan Rubin here on Ancient Medicine Today, brought to you by draxe.com. We're here each weekday at 10:30 Central Time, sharing with you how to use food as medicine. Today, we're talking about foods to boost metabolism, and there are people watching from all over the world. I see people from Florida and Texas. There's people from south America and Europe.
If you are loving what you're hearing, make sure to click that “like button,” and best of all, punch that “share button.” How many people do you know that need to understand how to naturally boost metabolism without side effects to lose weight, feel great, and improve digestive efficiency? Number four, ginger. Now, ginger is a warming herb in Ayurvedic medicine. Ginger is one of two botanicals as part of a formula called Trika 2. It’s actually ginger, black pepper, and long pepper, two versions of peppers, that has been shown to increase metabolic efficiency which I believe will help you burn fat and improve digestion. It's been shown that Trika 2 helps improve nutrient utilization of protein, carbs, and fats, as well as vitamins and minerals. This is a secret, folks, that people need to know. Ginger is great for the gut, it's great for the lungs, it's great for the heart.
It’s anti-inflammatory but it's also warming and metabolism boosting. Use ginger. I love it as a syrup. You can make sort of a ginger tea or decoction, and really boil a lot of the water out. Combine it with honey, it is oh so good. Use ginger essential oil along with honey. Here at draxe.com, we love Chimes Ginger Chews, a little bit of sugar but it's still really good organic preserved ginger. Again, it's a little bit sweet, but, man, that dry ginger is hot and it's awesome. Make a ginger tea or a decoction, which is boiling ginger in water, and then draining the resulting liquid, or you can take ginger extracted supplements. Ginger is so good for hundreds of reasons. One of them is as a metabolism booster.
Probably my favorite metabolism booster is hot peppers. Now, I mentioned earlier black pepper and long pepper boost your metabolism too, but man you get some chipotle, you get some chili and some cayenne, jalapeno, damn, you are on fire. You'll need a little bit and it helps you generate internal heat called “thermogenesis” which helps you burn fat, drive circulation. And guess what? Cayenne pepper is good for so many things, including the heart. Make sure to add pepper to a lot of different dishes and pepper capsicum is one of the richest sources in vitamin C and it is powerful in its antioxidants. You can even use compounds from pepper called capsaicin on your pain because it drives that heat where it needs to go. Folks, these are simple tips to boost your metabolism to help you lose weight, burn fat, and improve digestive efficiency all while understanding that food is medicine.
So here's a quick recap of our episode of Ancient Medicine Today, five foods to boost metabolism. Number one, chia seeds. Eat them before meals or with meals. They help you feel full, they're great in smoothies, they give you sustained energy with their fiber, omega-3s, and their amylose source of starch. Coconut oil, the ultimate fat to burn fat, good for your thyroid, easy source of energy before an athletic event. Fat-load with coconut, don't carb-load with pasta. Number three, bone broth. Serum soluble nutrition to boost yourselves with collagen, chondroitin, powerful amino acids, glucosamine, hyaluronic acid, and energize you with electrolytes. Consume bone broth before meals, and I bet you're less hungry. Ginger is one of my favorite herbs to warm you up.
Consume it in a tea, ginger chews. You can even get some ginger candies that are naturally sweetened. You can make ginger tea, take ginger supplements. Bottom line, get more ginger, good for the gut, we know that, good for the heart, good for your metabolism. And last but not least, hot peppers. Chili, we're talking about chipotle, habanero, jalapeno. Stay away from those ghost peppers unless you have a taste for extreme heat because I've been burned a few times, folks. And also cayenne, which I absolutely love, good for the heart. Actually a natural source of salicylic acid which is similar to aspirin, it's the main ingredient. Hot peppers help you generate internal heat. Sprinkle some in your food, there certainly are supplements. Or find a topical cream to help you with your pain. But hot peppers boost your metabolism while adding antioxidants.
Folks, Ancient Medicine Today is your one-stop-shop to transform your health, taking your wellness to the next level. We're here each day at 10:30 Central Time, brought to you by draxe.com, where food is medicine. I’m Jordan Rubin, wishing you great success in boosting your metabolism..