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Top Metabolism Boosting Drinks & More

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Which Drinks are boosting your metabolism? Which ones are slowing your fat-burning down? Karena and Katrina did a nice video on the beach about metabolism boosting drinks and snacks:

Drinks:

Kombucha: helps you balance your pH to keep you alkaline

Green Tea: provides a subtle energy boost and it’s a great metabolism booster

Prosecco Sparkling Wine or Champagne: Sudies say that a *small* amount of alcoholic beverages is great for heart health and stress. Remember to drink moderately, especially if you are of age.

Wine: Karena and Katrina take GoVino plastic cups for picnic and beach parties

Fruits:

Banana: Great in smoothies and post workout!

Berries: Keep your skin looking dewy and gorgeous

Apples: one of the fruits that doesn’t give you a sugar spike.

Mango: Though not as sugary as pineapples, these fruits are best enjoyed infrequently. A better choice is the banana, which – although starchy and a 55 on the glycemic index – is a smarter energy source.

Water Melon: Some low-carb guides will recommend melons, but you do have to be mindful of which ones you’re going for. Both cantaloupes and watermelons are very high in sugar (GI: 65, 100 respectively). We recommend making melons a rare treat.

Grapefruit: Most citrus fruits are quite high in sugar, but grapefruits are not. In fact, their effect on blood sugar is less than apples and pears at only 25.

Lemon: Add to your water for a cleansing boost.

Avocados: an amazing source of healthy fats

What You MUST Consider When Eating Fruit:

Go Easy on Tropical Fruits:

Apples, pears, peaches, plums and other fruits from cooler, temperate climates (e.g., Europe, USA) generally have substantially lower glycemic indices than fruits from the lower latitudes.
Even so, when eaten in small portion sizes many tropical fruits like melons, papaya, mango, and pineapple with comparatively high glycemic index still have an acceptable glycemic load since they are mostly water, with little actual carbohydrate content. (source)

Glycemic Index:

The glycemic index measures how much different carbohydrate-containing foods increase blood sugar levels, so foods that are low on the glycemic index cause the lowest increases in blood sugar. When you eat carbohydrate-containing foods, your body turns the carbohydrates into a sugar called glucose during digestion. Spikes in blood glucose levels cause your body to release a hormone called insulin to get your blood glucose levels back to normal. (source)

Minimizing Blood Glycose Spikes:

You don’t have to stick to only low-GI fruits, as you can eat foods that are higher on the glycemic index along with foods that are low on the glycemic index, including foods high in protein or fiber, to minimize the overall effect on your blood glucose and insulin levels. This is why it is better to eat fruits along with meals rather than by themselves. (source)

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