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The Truth About Fat Burning Herbs

Can Herbs Really Burn Belly Fat?

Are there fat burning herbs? This is another question I recently received, so I figured it’s time for another article. I not only enjoy answering questions, but they provide great ideas for posts. 😀

When I say herbs, I’m talking about stuff like cinnamon, ginseng and ginger.  Not “herbs” which can give you the munchies and result in the opposite effect of what you’re looking for.  😉

Are there fat burning herbs?  Well, the answer is Yes, and sort of.  Herbs can help with weight loss, but the process may not be exactly what people think.

There is no herb that will exercise and cut calories for you. That is all up to you, but herbs can definitely help make things easier and speed up the process.

The Skinny on Fat Burning Herbs

There are four ways herbs can help you lose weight.

  1. They can boost your metabolism.
  2. They can curb your appetite.
  3. They can support a healthy digestion and elimination process (yes this means pooping) :mrgreen:
  4. They can reduce stress.

Let’s explore these.

Boosting Your Metabolism and Curbing Your Hunger

fat burning herbsMetabolism can be a confusing subject.  And writing about it is difficult, I’ve deleted this paragraph and restarted several times.  The difficulty stems from all the processes that are involved in metabolism and making sure I give you complete and correct information.

In its simplest form, metabolism is the process by which the body creates and uses energy.  It comprises all the chemical reactions that occur in the body in order to keep it alive.  When we eat, the food is converted (metabolized) into energy and if the energy cannot be used, it is stored in fat cells.

So what does it mean when someone says I have a slow or fast metabolism?  They are referring to just one of the many processes that constitute metabolism. Specifically, they are referring to how fast they can use up the energy from food.

The people that can eat anything and remain thin (although there is such a thing as “skinny fat” but that’s another post), have a faster metabolism than those that eat a tortilla chip and gain 10 pounds. Okay, okay maybe not 10 pounds, but you know what I’m talking about.

Boosting your metabolism means you will use up the created energy faster and more efficiently and it will not get stored as fat.

Here are the herbs that can help boost your metabolism and curb your hunger:

  1. Green Tea – Green tea contains catechins, a class of antioxidants that help with boosting metabolism and burning fat.  Green tea can also help curb your appetite.
  2. Cayenne – Chile peppers contain capsaicin, which is well known for fat burning. Several studies have shown that daily intake of cayenne pepper added to meals helps to curb hunger and increase metabolism.  This helps you burn more calories throughout the day.
  3. Mustard Seed – Spicy mustard can help curb appetite and increase metabolism.  Drinking a glass of water mixed with spicy mustard before a meal turns up body heat and revs up metabolism.  It also provides essential omega 3 fatty acids that stimulate fat burning.

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Herbs That Help Digestion And Elimination

While researching digestion and elimination I learned things that I can never unlearn. 😯

I am not going to cover those things because I’m already pretty grossed out and don’t want to prolong it.

Licorice root

Licorice Root

Yes pooping is part of life, but there is a lot you can learn from it.  Paul Chek actually has a chart floating around that shows what your stools can tell you about your health.  There is also a Bristol scale that will tell you more than you ever wanted to know about your poop.

That is not what this section is about.  This is about helping you get healthy digestion and cleaning the crap (pun intended) out of your body.

Studies have shown that an unhealthy digestive tract can cause problems with your immune system. Furthermore, if you are not properly or completely eliminating your body’s waste, it’s just going to sit there.

I couldn’t pinpoint an exact number, but I found that you can have several pounds of poop in your system if you’re not eliminating properly.  Some said between 5 and 10 pounds, some said up to 7 pounds and there were also some that said between 5 and 25 pounds. That last one was based on the measurement of the intestines.

I know…TMI.

Here are some herbs that will help your digestion and elimination:

  1. Licorice – Licorice helps heal irritation and inflammation in the digestive tract.  It can also be used to relieve indigestion and heartburn.  Due to its mild laxative effect, it also helps with elimination.
  2. Fennel – Fennel helps release gas. This is great for bowel discomfort, but maybe not so great for your relationship.  It also helps the elimination process by increasing the frequency and flow of urination.
  3. Chamomile – Chamomile tea can reduce inflammation in the digestive tract. It aids with digestion and facilitates bowel movements.
Chamomile helps with digestion and supports weight loss

Chamomile

Herbs That Reduce Stress

Stress has been known to contribute to belly fat, fatigue and imbalances in blood sugar levels through excessive cortisol production.

Cortisol, also known as the stress hormone, is a steroid hormone that is key in regulating energy and mobilization in the body. Cortisol production fluctuates throughout the day in healthy individuals.

When the body is under constant stress, however, cortisol production increases and this can contribute to an increase in visceral fat, a belly fat that is linked to serious health complications.

Here are some herbs that will help reduce stress:

  1. Valerian – Valerian can help if you suffer from anxiety. It has a calming effect on the central nervous system.  It has also been used as an herbal sleep aid.
  2. California Poppy – California poppies are used to lower stress and reduce anxiety.  It also has mild sedative properties that can help with insomnia caused by nervousness or anxiety.
  3. Skullcap – Skullcap is part of the mint family.  It is known as a nervine that helps relax the mind and body.
  4. Passionflower – Passionflower helps keep you mellow.  It is known to increase GABA, which is a chemical made in the brain.  As GABA goes up, brain activity goes down paving the way for a goodnight’s sleep.  Due to its sedative effects, passionflower has also been known to help you relax if you are feeling anxious or stressed out.
California Poppies

California Poppies

Obligatory Disclaimer

This information on fat burning herbs was provided for informational purposes only and not medical advice.  Do your research, consult your physician and always use caution….especially if you’re using the herb that helps release gas. 😳

 

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