Aging is inevitable and as you age, signs of aging appear in your body. This includes your metabolism, which can slow down. Like everything else we do, we try to find ways to slow down the aging process, and metabolism is no different. This could be exercise or changing what we eat and drink.
“Metabolism is a complex set of physiological processes that dictate things like body temperature, cell growth and repair, hormone management, and food digestion,” explains. Molly Hembree, MS, RD, LD† “Often we are interested in manipulating metabolism related to the rate at which food is burned, as it supports weight management efforts.”
She continues to say that, unfortunately, certain drinks do not directly increase or decrease metabolism. Amy Goodson, MS, RD, CSA, LDauthor of The sports nutrition scriptbelieves the same.
“Nobody (food or drink) speeds up your metabolism, end of story,” Goodson says. “That’s just not scientifically correct. There are a number of things that can contribute indirectly to it, but don’t speed it up. It’s really more drinks that can help with weight loss than speed up your metabolism.”
That said, there are some drinking habits that can potentially help your metabolism and contribute to weight loss. To learn more about slowing down the aging process, check out 4 Eating Habits That Slow Your Metabolism After 50, Dietitians Say.
Hembree suggests that drinking enough water is a great way to speed up metabolism after 50 years.
“11.5 cups a day for women and 15.5 cups a day for men are the total fluid recommendations. My advice is at least half of this as 100% water,” she says.
If you want to add extra flavor, try drinking lemon water. This can help improve digestion and promote fullness, which can lead to weight loss.
“Of all the macronutrients, protein takes the most energy to break down and digest,” Goodson says. “As dieticians, we often say, ‘protein helps you feel full faster and keep you full for longer,’ and that’s because it has a slower digestion than carbohydrates or fat.”
That’s why Goodman recommends sipping on protein drinks. Examples include those made with cow’s milk, Greek yogurt, or protein powder, which can help keep your metabolism in high gear and curb your appetite.
“Avoiding excessive alcohol intake has been shown to support healthy metabolism,” Hembree says.
According to Hembree, excessive alcohol consumption would be more than 2 drinks per day for men and more than 1 drink per day for women.
When consumed in moderation, drinking alcohol is not as bad as it seems. However, overconsumption of the drink can lead not only to weight gain from empty calories but also to other health problems such as heart problems and hypertension.
“One of the most powerful drinks for weight loss is green tea,” Goodson says. “The catechins found in green tea are antioxidants that have been shown to potentially increase fat burning and increase metabolism.”
In addition, Goodson also says that the caffeine in green tea can help improve exercise performance by providing a boost of energy.
For greater benefit, she suggests consuming matcha — a type of green tea highly concentrated with catechins.
Kayla Garritano is a staff writer for Eat This, Not That! She graduated from Hofstra University, where she majored in Journalism and a double minor in Marketing and Creative Writing. read more