Metabolic System: Overview & Natural Approaches

The metabolic system involves all the body's organs and tissues. It is the process by which the body acquires oxygen and food matter, deconstructs raw materials, absorbs and allocates useful building blocks to create energy and maintain the health of all its parts, and secretes waste products. Metabolism is life.

A healthy metabolism is closely associated with health in many body systems and organs including, but not limited to:

  • Healthy digestion and absorption — including healthy enzyme levels and bile production; healthy probiotic population; appropriate permeability of intestinal lining
  • Healthy blood glucose levels
  • Balanced cholesterol levels
  • Cardiovascular health
  • Healthy blood pressure levels
  • Balanced hormonal system
  • Healthy weight management
  • A balanced response to stress
  • Appropriate sleep/wake cycles

The typical American diet tends to be rich in simple carbohydrates (such as sweets, pastas, breads, and many highly processed foods), which can be hard on the metabolism and all its interrelated systems. Modern stress and sedentary lifestyles also create metabolic challenges.

Eating a diet rich in whole grains and raw foods along with exercise and strategic dietary supplementation can all help to maintain a healthy metabolism and overall wellness.*