Metabolic health is becoming an important factor to monitor due to modern lifestyle. With sedentary lifestyle and consumption of wrong types of food Metabolic disorders are on the rise like never before.
These Non-communicable diseases (NCD) are on the rise in India because South Asian community and Indians are unfortunately genetically prone to the Metabolic disease more than any other community. For large NSD in India are Cardiovascular diseases, Type-2 Diabetes, obstructive Pulmonary disease, and cancer. All of these are directly related to metabolic health.
People with metabolic syndrome are about twice as likely to develop Cardiovascular diseases and over four times as likely to develop type 2 diabetes. This is true especially for South Asian community and Indians are unfortunately genetically prone to the Metabolic disease more than any other community. But now the good news is the with a change in lifestyle, adding more activity and choosing right kind of food you can keep these metabolic disorders at a bay or manage them very effectively.
Metabolic Health and Non-Communicable Diseases
Metabolic health is mainly related to our body’s optimum capacity to break down the food we eat and utilize everything to fuel our body. But as I said, with the modern lifestyle the Optimum metabolic rate is often not achieved and most of us end up with “slow metabolic rate” or what we call “sluggish metabolism”.
So at the micro level, our body cells do not receive optimum energy from the food we eat and in turn, do not supply it to each organ of the body to carry out regular functions like the production of enzymes and hormones to aid in the regular functioning of organs and transportation of energy fails. This, in turn, results in the faulty functioning of various organs and metabolic health suffers. Cardiovascular diseases, Diabetes, Abdominal obesity, Pulmonary obstructions and certain types of cancers are common manifestations.
How do you know you have Slow Metabolism
Slow metabolism mainly manifests itself in the form of the increase in weight, tiredness all the time, pains in the body, abdominal obesity, Higher readings of cholesterol, high blood pressure, cardiovascular diseases and rapid rise in sugar which ultimately leads to diabetes.
Can Better Diet Help for Good Metabolic Health
Yes, it can, because one of the main reasons of metabolic diseases is faulty diet patterns, so overhauling your diet can definitely help in good metabolic health. Diets rich in Mono-Unsaturated Fats (MUFA) helps to improve the glycemic response of the body, controlling the lipid levels (enhancing the good cholesterol and decreasing the bad cholesterol) which improve the cardiac health. Better Glycemic response helps in the better metabolization of sugars and hence control type -2 diabetes.
In fact, People in the Mediterranean region are known to have least cases of the metabolic disease, and according to various researchers, the Mediterranean diet is linked to the good metabolic health of people in Mediterranean region. The key component is the Mediterranean diet is Olive oil which according to research is known to improve metabolic health very significantly.
Olive Oil and Metabolic Health
* According to various studies it is proven that olive oil plays a good role in the overall maintenance of good metabolic health. It helps in better glycemic control so it helps in effective management of diabetes and if you start early it can help in the prevention of type2 diabetes. which is good for maintaining good Metabolic health.
* Another major problem is cardiovascular diseases, olive oil helps in reduction of LDL (Low-density lipids) which helps in preventing deposition of plaque in arteries and ensures better cardiac health. It also enhances HDL (Low-density lipoproteins) which is good for the heart.
* Olive oil contains Oleocanthal, a compound that reduces inflammation, which in turn reduces the risk certain cancers. It fights osteoporosis and host of many other health benefits. So using good quality Olive oil naturally reduces the risk of metabolic disorders and hence better metabolic health.
Olive Oil and Good Metabolic health
As I said before, good activity and including good food in your diet is key to maintain a great metabolic health. Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables and also choosing your oil carefully. In my case, I use olive oil from past many years, and I use Leonardo Olive oil. (will link couple of past posts I did in association with Leonardo olive oil) There are so many varieties of olive oil as far as the use of olive oil is concerned. Each with its own specific uses.
I use extra virgin olive oil for wherever I need to use raw oil, like salads, pasta, to drizzle on whole wheat pizza and sandwiches. It has a beautiful strong aroma and nutty taste. SO I use it in the dishes where I need a prominent flavor of olive oil.
Extra light can be used in everyday cooking where you need to lightly heat the olive oil. Shallow frying everyday Indian sabzi /dal tadka etc. It is mild in flavor so it is more suitable for everyday Indian cooking.
One can use Pomace oil for deep frying and in the dishes where you don’t want strong flavor because it is neutral in taste.
Good Metabolic health can be maintained with right nutrition management, especially if detected early. So, if you are looking to improve the metabolism including olive oil in your regular diet along with lots of veggies and good proteins is a great way to stay healthy and enjoy a healthier lifestyle.
This post is written in association withLeonardo Olive oil #iChooseHealth