Herbs for weight loss, part 1

In your quest to lose weight you must always remember to eating organic whole foods, including a variety of fruits and vegetables, grains and legumes while minimizing your intake of unhealthy fats, sugars, meat and processed foods. Once you have a balanced diet and healthy exercise regime you may want to supplement with a few of the following herbs that have been shown to promote healthy weight loss.

Studies have shown that chickweed can break down fat in the body. Chickweed tea has the added benefit of curbing cravings and aiding in digestion, important factors in weight loss. Adding burdock root to the tea will efficiently flush away the fat molecules that have been broken down by the chickweed. Burdock has laxative properties in addition to being a diuretic. It also improves fat metabolism. Simmer burdock root in water for about 20 minutes to brew a tea to drink between meals.

Cayenne pepper contains capsaicin, which improves digestion, metabolism, and the overall fat burning process. It is said to be a “thermogenic chemical” which will help speed your metabolism and decrease your appetite. Cayenne pepper is one of the healthiest herbs around and should be one of the first natural remedies you should go to for naturally healthy weight loss.

Dandelion is a gentle diuretic, laxative and digestive aid that enhances fat metabolism, removes fatty acids and cholesterol from the bloodstream before they are stored in fat cells and restores minerals lost (when taking diuretcs). Eat fresh dandelion greens in a soups and salads. Dandelion is considered the safest of herbal diuretics; however, long-term use of any diuretic may cause electrolyte imbalance.

Green tea is an excellent, effective, and safe weight loss ingredient that has the ability to oxidize fat in the body.  It also has a wealth of antioxidants that are good for your heart.  Green tea is readily available and either can be consumed in its rawest form as a drink, or taken as a supplement.  Either way, this is one of the best herbs to lose weight with.  Additionally, for some people, it has also proven to increase their energy levels. Further research shows green tea extract and flavonoids are compounds that can change the way the body uses norepinephrine, a hormone that monitors how calories are burned. When flavonoids interact with other content of green tea extract, more calories are burned thus contributing to weight loss. Other materials that actively contributes to the weight loss is the compound catechin polyphenols. These compounds interact with other content in green tea extract for weight loss by fat burning and thermogenesis (a process of losing energy by daytime heat).

Gymnema sylvestre is a plant used in India and parts of Asia as a natural treatment for diabetes. The herb’s active ingredient, gymnemic acid, is extracted from leaves and roots, and helps to lower and balance blood sugar levels. The unique shape of gymnemic acid molecules are similar to that of glucose, allowing it to fill cell receptors in the lining the intestines, thereby preventing uptake of sugar molecules. In healthy adults gymnema sylvestre is believed to help curb sweet cravings. Though not a magic bullet, when taken with a high-carb meal or a meal high in sugar, it can aid the body by passing through sugars and making carbs available for burning, rather than turning these into fat stores. In this way it helps to build lean muscle mass.

5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sasha
    Jul 08, 2010 @ 07:17:59


    Planet Green (a discovery.com venture) reported on this earlier this month.

    http://ayurvedagroup.com/blog/2010/93-of-ayurvedas-wild-medicinal-plants- threatened-with-extinction/




  2. deafif
    Jul 08, 2010 @ 08:10:57

    nice blog dud…keep posting.how to lose weight fast naturally


  3. Attila
    Jul 08, 2010 @ 11:33:23

    4 Tips To Help You Lose Weight

    When choosing fruits it is always best to choose fresh fruit as opposed to processed or canned fruits. Processed and canned fruits do not contain as much fiber as fresh fruit. Part of the reason that fresh fruit has more fiber than processed and canned fruit, is that fresh fruit still has its skin, which is where most of the fiber of the fruit is contained. Processed and canned fruits are almost always sweetened with extra sugars.

    Try to increase your daily fiber intake. The body needs a lot of fiber. The average adult will need about 25-30 grams of fiber per day. Simply include as many fruits and veggies in your diet as you can. Again fruits and vegetables are loaded with fiber.

    Try to eat vegetables at almost every meal. Vegetables are some of the best foods to eat when trying to lose weight. Make sure that you eat a wide variety of vegetables. Include as many green leafy vegetables as possible. Try to eat a salad twice a day for lunch and dinner at least.

    Try to think intelligently about what you are feeding your body. Try not eat simply because you are hungry. Eat with the purpose of fueling your body with the vitamins, minerals, nutrients, and fibers that your body needs to survive and function at peak performance.


  4. Sasha
    Jul 10, 2010 @ 08:48:47

    ccccHerbal plants used in the Ayurvedic system of medicine are facing extinction.
    Definite cause of concern, as Ayurveda is increasingly being used around the world to treat various disorders such as obesity, hypertension, diabetes, ulcers and many others.

    Some herbs that have been identified are – Ulteria salicfolia, Hydnocarpus pentandra, Gymnocladus assamicus, and Begonia tessaricarpa.

    Conservation of traditional herbs and plants should become a high priority for all. Challenge
    becomes more severe as many of these herbs grow in the wild and are not cultivated.

    Planet Green (a discovery.com venture) reported on this earlier this month.

    http://ayurvedagroup.com/blog/2010/93-of-ayurvedas-wild-medicinal-plants- threatened-with-extinction/



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