Do You Have a Slow Metabolism?

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by Elyse Tursi, DC

“Well how many calories should I be eating a day?” “I eat the same as my friend who lost 12 pounds, and I’ve only lost 2 pounds.” Most people think of metabolism and know it has something to do with the number of calories burned over a period of time. If this so-called “metabolism” is fast, you burn a lot of calories. If this so-called “metabolism” is slow, you burn fewer calories. However, metabolism is more complicated than just calories in and calories out.

If you find yourself gaining weight, feeling chronically fatigued, having dry skin, brittle nails and reaching for sugar, chances are your metabolism needs a reboot. A slow metabolism is really just a way of saying someone is not able to digest, breakdown and absorb nutrition appropriately. Basically, your body is not able to process the energy from food you intake. The solution to a slow metabolism is not to eat less! Oftentimes, nutritional restriction, aka cutting calories, can further halt an already sluggish metabolism.

Dr. Elyse Tursi

How do we go about generating more cellular energy to fire up our metabolism? Enzymes! The main job of enzymes is to assist in transferring electrons from cell to cell; think of this process as speeding up our chemical reactions. If you speed up chemical reactions, you are liberating energy from your tissues more effectively. Enzyme replacement therapy is customized for your cells to increase your metabolic rate.

Source: Dr. Elyse Tursi, a doctor of chiropractic and nutritionist at Pollack Wellness Institute, located at 100 Manetto Hill Rd., Ste. 307, in Plainview. For more information, call 516-299-9313 or visit

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