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Losing Weight? Try This Mixture of Herbs.

Written by Mercedes on Wednesday, 21 July 2010. Posted in Opas Blog, Health

Losing Weight? Try This Mixture of Herbs.

Lose weight wishes are not on everyone's list but losing weight will often keep us away from diabetes, obesity, and in some cases heart disease. Maybe this is not your case and your looking to cut a couple of pounds and stay in shape.

Also, if coming from an injury, losing weight can mean less stress on your bones and joints. Whatever the case is, there are a number of herbs that can help you lose weight. There are different ways herbs can help us lose weight and below I will explain.

Herbs can set out to:

  1. Curb your appetite by acting as a suppressant.
  2. Shed water weight by excess urination.
  3. Thermogenic effects by encouraging the body to burn more calories due to raised body temperature.  This action is seen in green tea.

Nettle

nettleNettle (urtica dioica) or Stinging Nettle is very popular in Europe. It is a plant with prickly hairs and when in contact with the skin it stings! Nettle has great properties and can help you lose weight by curbing your appetite and reduce cravings.

Not many people are aware of this but Nettle is very nutritional. In fact, the plant is rich in Vitamin C and E, calcium, iron, magnesium, silica, and potassium, chlorophyll, amino acids, fatty acids, flavonoids, and lecithin.

Nettle is said to be excellent for the hair as a tonic when washing or simply as a daily tea to help grow, thicken, and strengthen the hair and nails. I have tried nettle before and have noticed a increase in hair growth as well as increased strength in both my hair and nails. Nettle is my all time favorite for drinking and garden use as a fertilizer.

Also, old remedies of Nettle fight against dandruff and over active sebaceous glands.

 

Yerba maté

mateYerba Mate (ilex paraguariensis) is another herb helping to lose weight. Although the lose weight factor is not the most popular effect Yerba Mate is known for.

Testimonials from users of Yerba Mate include but are limited to; increased energy, mental clarity, improved sleep, better mood, appetite suppressant, and well being. I think this is a great combination.

A study conducted in Switzerland in 1999 have shown to increase thermogenic activity in humans. Yerba Mate comes from South America and is traditionally prepared hot using a gourd and bombilla.

The gourd and bombilla (straw) is then passed around the circle of friends or a group to share and enjoy the wonderful benefits Yerba Mate has to offer.

 

Peppermint

mintPeppermint (mentha × piperita) a favorite and well known plant used during Christmas and throughout the entire year worldwide. Peppermint is a appetite suppressant but can also aim to improve your digestion. Try drinking one cup of peppermint tea after your meals, it will help you feel content.

There was a study sponsored by Sense of Smell Institute conducted by Dr. Raudenbush in 1999 about inhaling peppermint.  The study indicated when inhaling peppermint would help one to intake fewer fat and sugar calories approximately by 23 percent. This means smelling peppermint helps to curb your appetite, eliminate cravings, which means less calories consumed. The same study indicated inhaling peppermint increased physical performance in athletes.

This means increased longevity and quicker laps along with greater strength.

Lemon Grass

Lemon Grass (Cymbopogon citratus) is a very popular ingredient in Asia and is used in a variety of delicious dishes. Lemon Grass has wonderful detoxifying properties and can aim to balance the water within the body. This herb is helping you to lose weight by excess urination. Lemon grass also helps with digestion and this means you can eliminate your fats better. Lemon Grass is not overbearing and can be enjoyed alone as a hot tea beverage.

The tea we have designed will aim to help you with your weight loss exploration. Recommended daily take is anywhere from 2-5 cups a day of tea. To achieve best results, divide your weight into half , drink half the amount of your weight as water in ounce.

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