In general, there are many signs of metabolism slow down. In Chinese medicine, there are many signs that can be intepreted as a pattern of disease. Here are eight signs that are associated with a reduced metabolism.

8. Indigestion

Indigestion is when your stomach is unable to process food adequately or quickly enough that it becomes uncomfortable. Signs include belly fullness that feels like something is stuck below your chest and above your stomach. Metabolism begins with the way in which food is mechanically broken down. As the larger-than-normal food molecules move through your gastrointestinal tract, they make it harder for cells to process them. If this process is not smooth, it can lead to a cascade of metabolic dysfunction.

7. Phlegm and mucus

Phlegm and mucus in Chinese medicine is the product of fluid metabolism. If the body’s ability to move and process fluids of mucosal lining is reduced, they can conglomerate into mucus. This mucus is normally needed to smooth the internal lining of the body and ensure the tissues are moist and supple. However, if they become too thick, sticky, or thin, they can cause damage to mucosal lining or obstruct circulation of other substances.

6. Tendency to be cold

Metabolism isn’t just limited to digestion. Metabolism aslo encompasses all cellular metabolic activity. This includes the process of energy release, which emits heat. Therefore, when you tend to be cold, this may be a sign that your metabolism is slowing. In Chinese medicine, cold causes activity to slow down and things to solidify. Thus, food substances may be more likely to turn in to fatty deposits.

5. Low Concentration

In Chinese medicine, the spleen and stomach govern digestion and nutrition. At a spiritual level, it regulates the ability to concentrate and process information. If you notice reduced concentration and ability to learn, it might be a sign of slow metabolism.

4. Dryness

When your stomach does not process fluids well, your body not be able to absorb and circulate enough fluids to its tissues. This may lead to signs of dryness, such as dry itchy eyes, skin, nasal passages, mouth and throat. This can also inadverntly lead to the production of phlegm as listed earlier.

3. Low Appetite

Appetite is regulated by the spleen and stomach in Chinese medicine. If they aren’t functioning well, then the body will be unable to produce sufficient sensation of hunger. If metabolism is insufficient, the body will reduce hunger sensation to prevent one from eating more than it can process.

2. Low Thirst

Thirst is also regulated by spleen and stomach in Chinese medicine. It is also indirectly influenced by the kidneys through its regulation of water. Regardless, metabolism controls how often someone feels thirsty in a similar way it controls appetite.

1. Low Energy

A sufficient level of metabolism of foods and other nutrient particles is necessary to provide the body enough overall energy to support daily activities. Those who are tired easily or often could be suffering due to lower metabolism.

How do we fix our metabolism?

There are many ways to prevent metabolic issues. In the next article, 10 Habits to Regulate Metabolism, we’ll show you ways you can maintain a healthy metabolism from the comfort of your own home.