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Metabolic Support


Metabolism

Metabolism is defined as the chemical process that supplies your body with energy. Your metabolism does this by converting what you eat and drink into energy. Your body uses this energy to fuel its essential functions and to drive physical activity.

Woman Drinking Smoothie - InterPlexus Metabolic Support Collection

Your Metabolism is constantly working- even when the body is at the rest- providing energy for essential bodily functions. These functions include:

  • Blood Circulation
  • Digestion
  • Growth and repair of cells
  • Regulating body temperature (homeostasis)
  • Maintaining hormone levels

Biological diet inforgraphic - InterPlexus Metabolic Support Collection

The human body needs a minimum amount of calories to sustain its essential functions. This minimum amount of calories is called basal metabolic rate or BMR. There are a number of factors that can affect your basal metabolic rate and as a result, everyone's is slightly different.

Factors affecting metabolism or BMR:

  • Sex
  • Age
  • Muscle mass
  • Physical activity 

Your BMR is responsible for fulfilling 60% to 70% of your body's caloric and energy requirements. This means the remaining 30% to 40% of the calories/energy you intake are responsible for driving physical activity. As a result, people who have more physically demanding lives will require more calories to be ingested than those who do not.

Metabolism and Weight

Metabolism and weight are often discussed together because they are linked by the BMR. People with higher BMR requirements (e.g. athletes and construction workers) are often thinner than those with a lower BMR requirement because they need to ingest more calories to maintain their normal bodily functions.

At its most basic weight gain or loss is a simple math problem.
Weight loss = Ingesting fewer calories than you burn
Weight Gain = Ingesting more calories than you burn

Additionally, metabolic dysfunction is often blamed for weight loss or weight gain as metabolic disfunction can change your BMR and affect the number of calories required to affect weight gain and loss.

Conditions Affecting Metabolism

Individuals with metabolic disorders can suffer from slower or faster metabolisms. This is because Metabolic disfunction can affect your metabolism by changing your BMR and affecting the number of calories required for weight gain or loss to occur. As a result, metabolic dysfunction is often blamed for unexpected weight loss or weight gain.

The Thyroid Gland and Metabolism

Thyroid Gland

The thyroid gland is part of the endocrine system. the endocrine system is one of your body's 11 major organ systems. The thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped organ located at the base of the neck. it secrets 2 hormones- T3 & T4 - directly into the blood which then travel to tissues and organs throughout the body. It is these hormones that are responsible for controlling your metabolism.

Human Thyroid Anatomy - InterPlexus Metabolic Support Collection

Iodine is a necessary component for making the thyroid hormones T3 and T4. Without the proper amount of iodine, the thyroid cannot function optimally resulting in an overactive or underactive thyroid.

  • Hypothyroidism includes an underactive thyroid - not enough thyroxine (T4) is produced for the body’s needs.
  • Hyperthyroidism includes an overactive thyroid - too much thyroxine (T4) is produced for the body’s needs.

People with metabolic disorders that slow their metabolism often suffer from weight gain and related issues like obesity and diabetes. These metabolic disorders which slow the metabolism include hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) and Cushing’s syndrome. As a result of their slowed metabolism, it is easy for individuals with these disorders to take in more calories than they burn which can ultimately lead to weight gain.

Symptoms of hypothyroidism:

  • Tiredness
  • Feeling cold
  • Weight gain
  • Poor concentration
  • Depression

Conversely, people with metabolic disorders which speed up their metabolism often experience weight loss. One of these metabolic disorders is hyperthyroidism or overactive thyroid. This disorder causes their BMR to increase which requires them to ingest more calories.

Symptoms of hyperthyroidism:

  • Weight loss
  • Heat intolerance
  • Anxiety

 

Support Thyroid Function for an Optimal Metabolism

Supplementation with Iodine and Herbal Extracts

Woman Thyroid Self Exam - InterPlexus Metabolic Support Collection

Iodine is naturally present in the ocean and soil which affects how much of the mineral can be found in the foods you ingest.

Foods rich in iodine include:

  • Seaweed
  • Fish, shellfish (cod, oysters, shrimp)
  • ‘Iodized’ labeled table salts
  • Dairy
  • Eggs
  • Beef liver

However ingesting iodine through food may not be enough as over-farming, food processing, and long-distance transport may reduce the concentration of iodine that can be found in foods. It may be necessary to boost your iodine intake with dietary supplements.

Additionally, plant extracts such as ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), coleus (Coleus forskohlii), and guggul (Commiphora mukul) have been found to increase thyroid production in animals. Supplementing with these extracts may help to support symptoms of hypothyroidism.

 Essential Oils and Herbal Extracts - Interplexus Metabolic Support Collection

It is important to ensure that your thyroid gland is functioning properly when dealing with metabolic concerns. Our unique formulations are designed to nourish and fuel the metabolic pathways that affect body composition and energy by optimizing the function of the thyroid and other organs.*