5 Medicinal Plants to Help You Lose Weight
Some medicinal plants, such as green tea, red tea, ginger, dandelion and horsetail have very beneficial effects on our health, especially when it comes to losing weight (as long as these plants are paired with a healthy diet and daily exercise).
In this article, we’ll explain the benefits of medicinal plants. We’ll also explain the best way to consume them so you can start gradually losing weight without making any big sacrifices. Follow these tips and you’ll be sure to get rid of those pounds for good, while simultaneously improving your health.
Green tea is widely popular and especially well-known for its slimming properties. The main way it helps you lose weight is by speeding up your metabolism, a result of its stimulating properties. This makes it easier for you to burn calories and thus drop a few pounds. Furthermore, it helps to burn fats and minimize water retention, making this drink a multi-faceted wonder.
We recommend keeping green tea consumption low if you suffer from constipation, because it’s an astringent. As well as if you are anemic, because this beverage keeps your body from absorbing as much iron.
Red tea actually comes from the same plant as green tea, but, unlike the green variant, red tea undergoes a long fermentation process. That’s why red tea is even more slimming than green tea, as well as a greater stimulant. Therefore, it may not be the best option for people who suffer from anxiety or insomnia. We recommend choosing one or the other, depending on your particular situation.
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For people whose obesity comes partly from water retention, we recommend consuming horsetail, which is mainly a diuretic. This plant can increase the amount of urine the body produces by up to 30%. It’s also very healthy because it helps to eliminate toxins.
This plant can be found in summertime in humid areas, close to rivers, lakes or swamps, and especially in clay soil. The best part to use is the stalk, not the leaves. Just hang a bunch of stalks and leave them to dry.
Dandelion is one of the most purifying medicinal plants out there, and if you want to reach your ideal weight, you need to first get rid of the toxins that your body has accumulated. It’s also a diuretic, meaning it can help your body correctly digest fats and regulate glucose levels.
Ginger is a superfood that widely popular for its medicinal properties. In this case, we’re talking about how it can help you lose weight due to its ability to speed up your metabolism, improve your digestion, burn fat and regulate glucose levels.
How do I drink medicinal plants?
In order to benefit from these medicinal plants, you should drink them daily as a tea, and drink about three cups per day. Another alternative is to drink these plants’ extracts, which you can buy in an herbalist shop. In this case, you should drink them along with several glasses of water per day.
You should start out with at least two cups of these liquids on an empty stomach. Then, drink any remaining teas or extracts at mid-morning or mid-afternoon. Try to not drink them before going to bed so that you don’t have to get up and go to the bathroom in the middle of night, and so that their stimulating properties don’t keep you up.
You can always add a bit of lemon juice to these drinks to make their properties even stronger. If you want to sweeten them, you should only use stevia so that you won’t add any extra calories.
Although some dietitians recommend drinking cold beverages in order to increase the number of calories burned, in truth, cold liquids are bad for the liver, so we don’t recommend following this tip. The best thing you can do is drink warm, lukewarm, or cool drinks, never ice cold ones.
It should be noted that no medicinal plant is capable of working miracles. These plants are remedies that are intended to complement a healthy diet and a daily exercise routine. The effects are not immediate, but gradual, allowing your body to naturally lose weight, as well as prevent the negative effects of rapid weight loss or the possibility of quickly regaining any weight lost.
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