In the fight against excess weight, not only diets and sports are good, but also auxiliary substances, methods, and procedures. One of these aids is herbal teas and infusions. Their benefits for weight loss are to cleanse the body, speed up metabolism, remove excess fluid, and reduce appetite.
The effect of herbs on weight loss
In the process of fighting weight, herbs for cleansing and losing weight play a secondary role. They affect the body in different ways by starting the metabolism, removing toxic substances and excess moisture. Excess weight goes away already as a response to these processes.
Each type of plant has a specific effect on the body. Depending on the impact, herbs are divided into the following groups:
- reducing appetite;
- improving metabolism.
Plants with a diuretic effect
Diuretic herbs for weight loss help flush excess fluid from the body. Due to the elimination of puffiness, a decrease in size occurs. This effect is short-lived; after a while, the dropped centimeters may return. If the cause of excess weight is only in edema, then taking tinctures of diuretic herbs may be enough. This group of plants includes: thyme, chamomile, milk thistle seeds, lemon balm, common tansy, dandelion and others.
Drink plenty of clean water when consuming diuretic teas and herbal tinctures. This will help keep you hydrated. Do not be afraid of the formation of new edema, they often appear precisely because of insufficient intake of plain water into the body.
For weight loss, herbs with a laxative effect are also suitable. By consuming decoctions and teas from them, you can cleanse the intestines from toxins, thereby improving digestion, stool and the absorption of substances from food. As a result, you lose several pounds of excess weight. If you stick to a healthy diet, then the process of losing weight will continue.
Laxatives can be purchased ready-made, but it is better to give preference to natural herbs. To cleanse the intestines will help you: hay, anise, yarrow, chamomile, wormwood, calendula and others.
Speeding up metabolism
Some plants have an effect on metabolism. Eating them in food can speed up the body’s metabolism.
In traditional medicine, vitamin and mineral complexes are used for this, proper nutrition and sports are also recommended. You should not refuse these recommendations, but you can supplement them with folk recipes / remedies.
Lemon balm, medicinal dandelion, coltsfoot and others accelerate metabolism. From these herbs, you can prepare decoctions and drink them 1-2 times a day as medicine. And you can brew teas and use them throughout the day. The difference is that decoctions are more concentrated than teas.
Spices such as turmeric and rosemary are also effective for normalizing and accelerating metabolism. Just add them to different dishes. Don’t forget the ginger root too. It is rich in nutrients and is indispensable for weight loss. It can be grated and added to dishes, salads; cut into rings and brew tea from it; add finely rubbed into kefir.
Good weight loss remedy and chicory drink. Cooking is simple: pour boiling water over one or several teaspoons, add sugar (if desired), mix well and wait a couple of minutes. The taste of this drink vaguely resembles coffee.
One of the problems with losing weight is the constant feeling of hunger. In addition, appetite can even increase with dietary restrictions. Plants that reduce appetite come in handy. You can use them not only during a strict diet, but also simply to reduce the amount of food eaten, the calorie content of the diet.
Plants that reduce appetite are divided into two groups. The first group includes those that swell in the stomach and take a long time to digest. They create the effect of satiety for a long time. these plants include kelp (seaweed) and other algae. They can be eaten dry (sold at the pharmacy) in a few spoonfuls or already cooked. Algae not only reduces appetite, but is also rich in iodine and other vitamins, so it will be useful for everyone, especially people of mental labor.
The second group includes plants with a sticky, slimy base. Once in the stomach, they envelop its walls and slow down the production of gastric juice. As a result, the feeling of hunger does not come for a long time. These plants include flax and sesame seeds, marshmallow root. They create a feeling of fullness in the stomach and satiety. Before use, they need to be poured with boiling water or kefir (in this case, you need to let it stand for 6-8 hours). This group of plants is also rich in vitamins and minerals, so including them in the diet during the diet, you can cope with the lack of essential trace elements.
When choosing a collection of herbs for weight loss, it is first advisable to determine the cause of excess weight. For example, if the problem is swelling, then choose plants with a diuretic effect (usually a little extra weight). But if you have a large appetite and a lot of extra pounds, then give preference to plants that reduce appetite. At the same time, follow a diet and exercise. In addition, use small amounts of other herbs.
Possible harm and contraindications
The article lists only plants familiar to many and their use should not negatively affect health. But with large doses of tinctures and / or teas from herbs that promote weight loss, allergic reactions and other troubles can begin (disruption of the stomach, kidneys, intestines, liver, etc.).
The use of large amounts of diuretics can lead to dehydration, disruption of the genitourinary system. Large amounts of laxative tinctures are also harmful. In addition, they should not be drunk regularly. Ideally, this is 1-2 days, after which there is a long break. Otherwise, the intestinal microflora becomes poorer, the intestine itself ceases to function normally and instead of improving digestion, you will get the opposite effect. This is also the case with other weight loss herbs that burn fat.
There are no contraindications for small to moderate doses. Many of these plants are already present in the usual diets of people.
Recipes for infusions and teas
Purchase dried herbs before making herbal infusions for weight loss. You can find them in a pharmacy or prepare yourself, the easiest way is to buy ready-made ones. First, it will save you time. Secondly, residents of cities (especially large ones) do not always have the opportunity to find them and dry them. Thirdly, in order to collect herbs yourself, you need to be well versed in them.
Tinctures from many herbs are prepared in the same way: take 1 tablespoon of a dried plant and fill it with a glass of boiling water. Then wait a few hours and drink ¼ cup a day. Some herbs for weight loss and fat burning may have a different recipe, which is why pharmacy fees are convenient. The packaging always states the application of the herb and how to brew it.
Several recipes for herbal teas that are easy to make at home:
- Chamomile tea . It has a diuretic and laxative effect, relieves bloating and gas. To prepare, take 1-2 teaspoons of chamomile flowers and pour 250 ml of boiling water, wait a few minutes and you can drink. You can add a little sugar or honey, a slice of lemon or a little ginger to the tea.
- Ginger tea . Take the root of the plant and cut off some rings (5-10 mm thick). Put them in a kettle and fill them with hot water. Let the tea brew for 7-10 minutes and you can drink it. For a better slimming effect, place a cinnamon stick with the root.
- Tea with lemon balm . It has a diuretic effect, improves metabolism and also has a sedative effect. To prepare 1 teaspoon of the dried plant, pour 200-250 ml of hot water. Let the drink sit for 7-10 minutes. You can add a little honey to your tea.
Plant-based drinks and teas do not have a direct fat burning effect. That is, they are only indirectly involved in losing weight. This means that it is not enough just to take fat-burning herbs for weight loss. To achieve a lasting and tangible result, you need to follow a diet or adhere to a balanced diet, give up harmful and high-calorie foods, and play sports.