|Tips for Better DIet Habits to Increase your Metabolism
Metabolism is the process your body uses to get or make energy from the food you eat. Food is made up of proteins, carbohydrates and fats. Chemicals in your digestive system break the food parts down into sugars and acids, your body's fuel. Your body can use this fuel right away, or it can store the energy in your body.
Some people talk of having a "slow" or "fast" metabolism. Your rate is what's normal for you and refers to how many calories you use just for breathing, digesting your meals and such. To get a true measure of your metabolism, your rate is assessed while you are resting.
Determining resting metabolic rate (RMR) has traditionally been performed in hospital settings, but that’s beginning to change. Woman’s Center for Wellness has one of the first programs in Baton Rouge offering the service called MedGem.
MedGem is a handheld instrument into which a patient breathes. By analyzing the amount of oxygen taken in and the amount of carbon dioxide released, the device determines resting metabolic rate (RMR), or the amount of calories required to get through the day. Other factors like exercise and weight loss goals are also factored in, which helps determine a woman’s recommended caloric intake. This valuable information can be the missing piece of the puzzle for frustrated dieters. It’s far more accurate than the guesswork of the past.
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A metabolic disorder occurs when abnormal chemical reactions in your body disrupt your metabolism. When this happens, you might have too much of some substances or too little of other ones that you need to stay healthy. You can develop a metabolic disorder when some organs, such as your liver or pancreas, do not function normally.
With an emphasis on preventive care, we offer services for women with a history of gestational diabetes or family history of type 2 diabetes, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), insulin resistance/metabolic syndrome.
Each member of our multidisciplinary team is devoted to providing women who are facing metabolic health challenges with the tools and information necessary to live healthy, productive lives. Through proven diagnostic testing and consultation, each woman receives an individual metabolic health plan based upon her specific needs. You must have a doctor's referral to receive care at Woman’s Metabolic Health Clinic.