Herbal Remedies For Weight Loss
Herbal remedies, if used appropriately, can safely help you lose weight and stay thin. These remedies include herbal formulas which can be purchased at your local health food store or natural pharmacy. It is important to know that while some herbs are safe to use as weight loss aids, other herbs should be avoided due to potentially dangerous side effects.
Safe herbal remedies for weight loss include:
1) Green tea. This wonderful substance, when taken in moderate doses, can help to reduce hunger , aids digestions, and stimulates the metabolism. It can be taken as green tea extract as well as drinking the real thing. Green tea is also full of healthy antioxidants which support the cardiovascular system. Remember, caffeine is a stimulant, so try not to overdo it as side effects can include insomnia, agitation, and adrenal burn-out.
2) Stevia leaf is a natural plant that can be used as a sweetener with no negative effect on blood sugar levels. This means you can feed your sweet tooth without worrying about weight gain and excess insulin levels which most refined sugar promotes. Stevia comes in the less-processed green powder form, as a refined white powder, or in liquid. The only issue to note is that some people find stevia to be too sweet, or to have an unpleasant aftertaste. It is much stronger per volume than other sweeteners, so use sparingly.
3) Kelp is a natural source of iodine and other important trace minerals and which can support healthy thyroid function. Insufficient iodine can cause hypo-thyroidism which can lead to weight gain, exhaustion, and other serious health problems.
4) Cayenne pepper can be used in moderate amounts as a condiment or taken in a capsule or tincture to increase digestion, assist with assimilation, and boost the metabolism. Most hot peppers have medicinal qualities and are known to boost detoxification, digestion, and metabolism.
Homemade herbal remedies for weight losscan include foods and condiments. Try substituting this recipe for gomasio instead of regular table salt:
• Grind one cup of unhulled sesame seeds in a food processor or coffee grinder (don’t completely powder it).
• Toast the ground seeds in a pan over low-medium heat, stirring constantly until browned. Then turn off heat and keep stirring until the pan cools, or you risking burning the seeds.
• Add 1 tablespoon sea salt, 4 tablespoons kelp powder or kelp flakes, and 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper.
• Sprinkle on food instead of salt and enjoy! It’s super yummy and full of healthy substances to support weight loss.
There are some popular herbal remedies for weight loss to avoid which include:
1) Ephedra was included in the now-notorious weight loss drug “fen fen,” which has been banned from the U.S. market. Ephedra can cause manic behavior, heart palpitations, and has been linked to at least 2 deaths due to cardiac arrest.
2) Herbal laxatives such as cascara sagrada, senna, and rhubarb are considered stimulant laxatives which can develop into a dependency over time and have unpleasant known side effects including abdominal pain, diarrhea, and bloating.
While herbs are generally safe, there are some that have serious potential side effects. Just because something is labeled as an herbal remedy doesn’t automatically make it safe! It’s best to consult with a qualified herbalist or other health care practitioner about your specific body type and learn which herbs can support healthy weight loss for you.