Herbs and Spices for Weight Loss
Ya'll know I love me some natural medicines - so how about support for things like weight loss?
There are 6 power herbs and spices I want to bring to your attention if you are looking to lighten the load on your own, the easy, organic way (It sure does beat chemically fueled shakes and pills). These ingredients are often already in your kitchen for other reasons, but if you add them to your meals more frequently you will begin to see their strengths.
Fenugreek are Indian seeds that are beneficial for many health issues such as diabetes, lactation, menopause, digestive upsets and the list goes on. They are also good for weight loss in that they contain something called galactomannan which helps fat break down. Also widely known to suppress appetite, fenugreek makes you feel fuller for longer. Normally consumed as a small amount for weight loss after soaking in water overnight.
Cayenne pepper -
This tasty, zingy, spice we all know and love to put in and on our food is a great body temperature raiser which in turn helps you burn fat. Cayenne contains capsain which has properties that help boost our metabolisms.
Ginger, especially ginger water, is known to help decrease the body's fat absorption and decrease it's bad cholesterol levels. It's also known to assist with blood pressure and sugar levels whilst helping us burn those calories. Ginger is one handy spice to curb over eating urges as it decreases appetite as well! (and it's yummy)
Ginseng boosts your metabolism by improving physical stamina and increasing energy levels. It helps the immune system while lowering cholesterol levels. A major gold star goes to ginseng for its ability to delay intestinal fat absorption by limiting the digestion of bad fats and helping them move out of the body.
Turmeric can be found in most kitchen cupboards, it's the ol' curry spice we know and love. But did you know it's a wonderful detoxer for our guts? It contains many anti oxidants and anti inflammatory properties. Turmeric enhances fat loss through its constituent curcumin which decreases fat tissue and helps burn calories.
When i think of cinnamon I think of custard.. but, cinnamon has been known for it's health benefits also. Like it stabilizes blood sugar levels while reducing hunger and appetite by increasing the body's sensitivity to insulin. It helps boost your metabolism to burn fat cells as energy and contains many great anti oxidants and anti inflammatory properties (and it's delicious).
So get cooking guys! Imagine all the yummy, healthy meals you can make with these herbs and spices knowing that you are getting an additional fat burn from the inside out. If you are unsure about any of these ingredients do your own research and see what you come up with. And as always with anything you are consuming consult a licensed medical professional if you have any questions or concerns.