I don’t think anyone would dispute the fact that Americans as a whole need a little help in the weight loss department. Neither do I think anyone would dispute the fact that herbs alone will do nothing for one who insists on eating nothing but America’s favorite foods: hamburgers, hotdogs, french fries, Oreos and pizza.
However, for those who are implementing a lifestyle change and desiring to increase their health, boosting their diligent efforts to lose some extra weight with these herbs can be a helpful support addition. I looked through many, many websites and information regarding herbs recommended for weight loss, and though there are many and varied ‘top 10, 20…’ suggestions, these four surfaced often and were found near the top of many lists.
Here are my own top four picks to add to the already over saturated internet recommendations! I limited it to four simply because I find 20 to be waaaaay overwhelming for any normal person to even consider taking on even a semi regular basis and impossible to determine what might actually be helping the weight loss process along and what isn’t. This way, adding four to your day is reasonable and, if you like, you can take each for a specified amount of time and do some personal research to see which ones are most effective for you. I placed them in order of average highest ranking.
Ginseng is valued for its ability to boost energy levels and speed metabolism. Panax ginseng, in particular, has been linked to weight loss benefits. Ginseng increases stamina and helps you to combat fatigue. It increases your capacity to do physical activity, so you can no longer use the excuse that you’re too tired to exercise! It’s also responsible for reducing blood sugar levels and helps you lose weight.
Siberian Ginseng is also encouraged for use in weight loss because it has the ability to stabilize blood sugar. And helps reduce the need to eat sugar and sweets. It, too, will supply ample amounts of energy to help you get out and walk, bike, or do any workout you desire. Because it is an adaptogen, it will help the body adapt to the stress of change—both physical and mental. For best results, use ginseng on an on-again, off-again basis. Consume for one month at a time, take a two-week break, then resume.
Cinnamon stabilizes blood sugar levels, keeps you full for a longer time, decreases hunger pangs and metabolizes fats at a faster rate. This spice may help to boost your metabolism, and it also regulates blood sugar, making it an ideal seasoning for people with diabetes or pre-diabetes. Cinnamon reduces triglycerides, LDL (bad) cholesterol, and total cholesterol levels in people with type 2 diabetes as well as increases glucose metabolism by about 20 times, which would significantly improve your ability to regulate blood sugar.
Cinnamon adds a sweet flavor to foods, which can help discourage cravings. Cinnamon (Ginseng, too) also helps move fat from the liver so that the body can use it for energy. Metabolizing fats more readily also lowers LDL (“bad”) cholesterol. It has anti-fungal properties and may help to kill off parasites and yeast overgrowth (Candida) which is essential for permanent weight loss.
Capsaicin, found in cayenne pepper, is the compound that gives peppers their heat. It helps fight obesity by decreasing calorie intake, shrinking fat tissue, and lowering blood fat levels as well as fighting fat buildup by triggering beneficial protein changes in your body. Red pepper is known for its power to stimulate the need for water. Because fluids are mandatory for any type of diet, red pepper will surely have the ability to make you drink as much fluid as possible, stay hydrated, and help you lose unwanted pounds.
Ginger is a very good body cleanser. Ginger helps to remove the food impacted in the digestive system and thus prevents fat storage and weight gain. Ginger is another warming spice that has anti-inflammatory properties and is known to help soothe and relax your intestinal tract. Research also suggests that ginger may boost your metabolism and has an appetite-suppressant effect when consumed.
Health is something we all take for granted until we no longer have it. But the truth is, the quality of your whole existence is affected by the state of your health. You cannot achieve personal potential, whether physical, mental or emotional, without satisfactory health. By seeking after the highest level of overall health possible, we are at the same time increasing our potential to live the fullest most satisfying life possible. Though these herbs will not get you to that point on their own, they certainly help boost your efforts. Most important is that you start somewhere! Small changes made consistently over a period of time will yield big results. Chances are there is FAR more out there in life for you to experience if you just improve your health! Go for it!
Have you tried any herbs that have worked for you? Please share below!