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Pod Wisdom: Three Ways to Boost Your Family’s Metabolic Health

1. Nutrition and exercise are the two biggest factors in metabolic health

While other Thrive Pillar actions, like sleep, meditation, and social relationships, have been shown to affect metabolic health, nutrition and exercise are the strongest levers. Focusing on these will give us the biggest metabolic bang for our buck.

2. The fastest and simplest way to improve metabolic health through nutrition is to stop drinking sugar

Soda is an obvious source of liquid sugar, but fruit juice has nearly as much sugar as a regular soda. The biggest problem with soda and juice is they have a lot of sugar but no fiber or protein to slow down the body’s absorption of sugar. Large amounts of sugar not only rapidly raise blood sugar, which can be problematic over time, they also put a strain on the liver over time, which can lead to a condition called non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.

3. Physical activity outdoors is a 2-for-1 for metabolic health

Physical activity is a massive booster of metabolic health because it uses the energy our metabolism produces and at the same time improves the metabolic systems that produce that energy. But when we do it outdoors, we’re getting sunshine, which gives us vitamin D and also helps set the body’s circadian clock (important for optimal sleep). Win-win!

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In The Family Thrive Podcast Ep. 9, Justin and Audra chatted with the founders of the Metabolic Health Summit, Angela Poff, PhD and Victoria Field, about what we can do today to boost our family’s metabolic health.

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Key takeaways

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Metabolic health refers to all the chemical reactions in the body that take things from the outside (like food, water, air, and sunshine) and use them to sustain life.

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Our metabolic health is the most changeable aspect of our overall health. It can be seen in our body weight, blood sugar control, muscle mass, and energy levels.

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It can be changed through nutrition, exercise, sleep, stress management, and social relationships.

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1. Nutrition and exercise are the two biggest factors in metabolic health

While other Thrive Pillar actions, like sleep, meditation, and social relationships, have been shown to affect metabolic health, nutrition and exercise are the strongest levers. Focusing on these will give us the biggest metabolic bang for our buck.

2. The fastest and simplest way to improve metabolic health through nutrition is to stop drinking sugar

Soda is an obvious source of liquid sugar, but fruit juice has nearly as much sugar as a regular soda. The biggest problem with soda and juice is they have a lot of sugar but no fiber or protein to slow down the body’s absorption of sugar. Large amounts of sugar not only rapidly raise blood sugar, which can be problematic over time, they also put a strain on the liver over time, which can lead to a condition called non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.

3. Physical activity outdoors is a 2-for-1 for metabolic health

Physical activity is a massive booster of metabolic health because it uses the energy our metabolism produces and at the same time improves the metabolic systems that produce that energy. But when we do it outdoors, we’re getting sunshine, which gives us vitamin D and also helps set the body’s circadian clock (important for optimal sleep). Win-win!

1. Nutrition and exercise are the two biggest factors in metabolic health

While other Thrive Pillar actions, like sleep, meditation, and social relationships, have been shown to affect metabolic health, nutrition and exercise are the strongest levers. Focusing on these will give us the biggest metabolic bang for our buck.

2. The fastest and simplest way to improve metabolic health through nutrition is to stop drinking sugar

Soda is an obvious source of liquid sugar, but fruit juice has nearly as much sugar as a regular soda. The biggest problem with soda and juice is they have a lot of sugar but no fiber or protein to slow down the body’s absorption of sugar. Large amounts of sugar not only rapidly raise blood sugar, which can be problematic over time, they also put a strain on the liver over time, which can lead to a condition called non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.

3. Physical activity outdoors is a 2-for-1 for metabolic health

Physical activity is a massive booster of metabolic health because it uses the energy our metabolism produces and at the same time improves the metabolic systems that produce that energy. But when we do it outdoors, we’re getting sunshine, which gives us vitamin D and also helps set the body’s circadian clock (important for optimal sleep). Win-win!

1. Nutrition and exercise are the two biggest factors in metabolic health

While other Thrive Pillar actions, like sleep, meditation, and social relationships, have been shown to affect metabolic health, nutrition and exercise are the strongest levers. Focusing on these will give us the biggest metabolic bang for our buck.

2. The fastest and simplest way to improve metabolic health through nutrition is to stop drinking sugar

Soda is an obvious source of liquid sugar, but fruit juice has nearly as much sugar as a regular soda. The biggest problem with soda and juice is they have a lot of sugar but no fiber or protein to slow down the body’s absorption of sugar. Large amounts of sugar not only rapidly raise blood sugar, which can be problematic over time, they also put a strain on the liver over time, which can lead to a condition called non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.

3. Physical activity outdoors is a 2-for-1 for metabolic health

Physical activity is a massive booster of metabolic health because it uses the energy our metabolism produces and at the same time improves the metabolic systems that produce that energy. But when we do it outdoors, we’re getting sunshine, which gives us vitamin D and also helps set the body’s circadian clock (important for optimal sleep). Win-win!

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