It could be as simple as fixing a cup of green tea – or drinking a glass of water.

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We’re all trying to optimise our gut health and we know things like exercise, weight training and alkalising are sure-fire ways to kick-start the metabolism, but did you know that a quick boost could be as close as your fridge, pantry or – this literally could not be easier – your tap? Here are the foods (and drinks) you should work into your day – no effort required.

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The simplest and most effective way to raise your metabolic rate is by drinking water and staying hydrated. It speeds up the flush and flow of your body. Your metabolism actually slows down when you are dehydrated thus making you sluggish. Also, your body’s ability to use fats as fuel is also restricted when you are in a dehydrated state.


These are known for their high antioxidant quantity. Antioxidants are important for digestion, as they help stop the build-up of free radicals in the system, which can cause disease and inhibit muscle growth. Plus, they are a delicious addition in to any breakfast, salad, dessert, smoothie or in handfuls, not to mention, they’re low in sugar and high in nutrients.

Green leafy vegetables

Leafy green vegetables like spinach, kale, parsley, mint and broccoli are packed with fibre (this keeps you feeling full for longer), are rich in iron (you can read more about that here). Of course, they’re low in calories, which means they’re great for weight management (and loss, if that’s what you’re after) too.


Almonds should be on everyone’s high-rotation. They contain a large amount of macronutrients (good calories) which means they give you a high amount of nutrition in a small serving, making them a perfect snack – they keeps us satisfied, help maintain our energy levels and sustain our metabolic rate.

Not to mention, they’re a good source of fibre and packed with vitamin E, which is great for our skin.

Green tea

The health and weight loss benefits associated with the regular consumption of green tea are well-documented. It’s known for its thermic effect, and a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition “found that green tea-extract increases the metabolism by 4 per cent over a 24 hour period.” This is because of its well-known “thermic effect” and polyphenol content.

October 7, 20169:45am

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