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The Metabolism Series: What is Metabolism?

Howdy! Welcome to Nutrition Realm…. My name’s Alicia, Have you met me yet? Today I’ve decided to take a turn totally on this blog by starting an article series on a crucial process that goes on in the body. It’s called “Metabolism” Heard of it? Sure you must’ve and in this article we’ll get to know what metabolism is.

In coming articles in this series we’ll be looking at a bunch of things like:

  • How to Speed up the metabolism rate in the body
  • Metabolism and Weight loss: How they’re related
  • Tips and Strategies to Use it in aiding Body & Muscle building
  • And more.

Some people think that the metabolism is a kind of organ, or a body part, that influences digestion. Actually, the metabolism isn’t any particular body part. It’s the process by which the body converts food into energy.

Hence, you’ve likely heard of the phrase metabolic process used synonymously with the term metabolism, because they both mean the same thing. In fact the dictionary defines metabolism as “the chemical processes that occur within a living organism in order to maintain life.”

In this article, We’ll be looking at what metabolism is so you can fully understand the role it plays when it comes to living not just a better life but an healthy one.

Is Metabolism Much of a Big Medical Word?

The answer is No! This isn’t a complicated medical text (which should be great news to most of you!), and so we don’t need to spend an unnecessary amount of time and space focusing on the layered complexity of the human body and its extraordinary intelligence.

Yet without drilling deeply into medical details — which are not relevant for our general understanding purposes — it’s helpful to briefly look at the biological mechanisms behind metabolism.

The Metabolism Overview

the metabolism processMetabolism, as mentioned above, is the process of transforming food (e.g. nutrients) into fuel (e.g. energy). The body uses this energy to conduct a vast array of essential functions. In fact, your ability to read this page – literally – is driven by your metabolism.

If you had no metabolism – that is, if you had no metabolic process that was converting food into energy – then you wouldn’t be able to move.

In fact, long before you realized that you couldn’t move a finger or lift your foot, your internal processes would have stopped; because the basic building blocks of life – circulating blood, transforming oxygen into carbon dioxide, expelling potentially lethal wastes through the kidneys and so on – all of these depend on metabolism.

Keep this in mind the next time you hear someone say that they have a slow metabolism.

While they may struggle with unwanted weight gain due to metabolic factors, they certainly have a functioning metabolism. If they didn’t, they wouldn’t even be able to speak (because that, too, requires energy that comes from, you guessed it: metabolism!).

Wrapping It Up

It’s also interesting to note that, while we conveniently refer to the metabolic process as if it were a single function, it’s really a catch- 11 all term for countless functions that are taking place inside the body. Every second of every minute of every day of your life – even, of course, when you sleep – numerous chemical conversions are taking place through metabolism, or metabolic functioning.

In a certain light, the metabolism has been referred to as a harmonizing process that manages to achieve two critical bodily functions that, in a sense, seem to be at odds with each other.

In the next series, We’ll be looking at another notable fact in the metabolism family. Make sure that you’ve subscribed so you can get instant alerts when we publish new ones 🙂 Make sure to Like us on Facebook & Follow us on Twitter as well.

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