This marvelous spice not only has antifungal and antibacterial properties, but it also tastes delicious as it keeps your sweet tooth at bay. Cinnamon regulates healthy blood levels, increases your metabolism and can lessen your craving for sugar, thereby reducing parasites and yeast. This is because microscopic parasites reproduce when you eat sugar, opening a cyclical door to sugar cravings.
A drink known to be loaded with antioxidants, green tea boosts your metabolism to help you burn fat. While there are various ways to enjoy it – ground herbal tea, powders, and capsules are great choices – a daily dosage of 800 mg works best. Don’t go overboard with it, though, as too much can trigger diarrhea. A great way to add green tea to your diet is to drink it instead of coffee before or after meals. You’ll feel fuller, burn more calories and eat less – while getting your daily caffeine fix.
The popular spice is considered to be an adaptogen, meaning it has compounds that adapt to your body’s unique needs. One way it is thought to help is by reducing a stress hormone called cortisol. Too much of the hormone can make a person anxious and irritable, which can lead to weight gain and bone loss. It can even increase the risk of heart disease and diabetes.
The strongest and most potent amount of adaptogens can be found in Asian ginseng. Ginseng also has a way of making cells store less fat while speeding up your metabolism.
This fat-burning ginseng tea recipe will provide two delicious and aromatic cups.
- Boil three cups of water.
- Take one dried ginseng root and let it steep for 45 minutes.
- Strain the water, then add one to two tablespoons of honey and one-fourth teaspoon of cinnamon.
This herb is a powerful appetite suppressant, thanks to a substance called hydroxycitric acid (HCA) that blocks the enzyme that turns carbohydrates into fat. (Related: Garcinia cambogia found to lower abnormally high cholesterol levels.)
When purchasing garcinia, look for the whole garcinia fruit in the extract and not just the HCA since the fruit is better absorbed in your blood stream. This herb works best with a low fiber diet.
This superfood contains the yellow-orange powerhouse substance, curcumin, which can boost your metabolism, burn body fat, help with pain, regulate hormones, and even assist in memory retention. Sprinkle turmeric in tea, soups, salads, rice, and in just about anything you want to spice up.
Here’s an easy recipe to follow if you’re planning to add turmeric in your diet.
- Grate two small knobs of turmeric (or one and one-half teaspoons of powder) with one small piece of ginger.
- Cut two slices of lemon.
- Boil three cups of water for five minutes and add these ingredients while boiling.
- Pour into a cup and add honey to taste.
The hibiscus flower contains amylase, a compound that assists in reducing fat absorption. Hibiscus also contains antioxidants, can help shed water weight and stop bloating.
Hibiscus flower is best enjoyed as tea. To make hibiscus tea, place two petals in two cups of boiling water for five minutes. Strain the liquid, then add honey, cinnamon, or lemon.
Learn more about other herbs that support healthy weight loss at Herbs.news.