Did you know that herbs and spices have powerful qualities that can help you lose weight and get healthier? What’s great about herbs and spices is that they are so easy to incorporate into your everyday diet without virtually adding any calories, and they are all natural.
Start using these herbs and spices for weight loss today to speed up your weight loss and get healthier.
If you are one of millions of people that drink coffee every day, now is a great time to switch some or all of those cups of coffee to green tea. Not only is green tea high in antioxidants that fight free radicals in your body, it has a high concentration of catechins, a type of plant compound, that increase your metabolism and speed up fat excretion.
Cayenne pepper contains capsaicin which is said to increase your metabolism and burn fat. Capsaicin is said to increase your body’s heat production, during which your body burns more energy to create the heat. Cayenne pepper may also be beneficial in preventing metabolic slow down, which can sometimes be the cause of weight loss plateaus.
Surprisingly cayenne pepper can also relieve some stomach pains. Start with a dash of cayenne pepper in warm water with lemon, especially on those days when you feel like your digestion is not doing well.
Home Dieting Essentials
Who knew that cinnamon, with its great flavor and aroma, is good for weight loss? Cinnamon’s most impressive qualities are that it can greatly reduce your blood sugar levels and reduce bad cholesterol. Cinnamon increases your metabolism too.
Cinnamon tastes great with any whole fruit, or in fresh juices and smoothies.
Research suggests that ginger may have the ability to boost your metabolism and curb your appetite. Ginger is a natural anti-inflammatory agent that may help with arthritis, and it often helps relieve nausea and motion sickness as well.
An easy way to incorporate ginger into your diet is to stir fry them or use them as part of the seasoning for baking. You can also put them in hot water to make ginger tea.
Psyllium husk is one of the best herbs and spices for weight loss and highly recommended for anyone wishing to lose weight and stay healthy. Psyllium husk is the outer coating of the seed of the Psyllium plant, which is a plant native to India. Psyllium husk is rich in fiber and expands to 10-20 times its original size when you take it with water.
It helps with being regular, and cleaning out your colon, which are extremely important for losing weight and staying healthy. The fiber also helps with maintaining a good level of healthy bacteria in your stomach.
Stevia is a natural herb that has been used for over 1,500 years. It has zero calories while being few hundred times sweeter than sugar. It is a must-add item to your list of herbs and spices for weight loss.
By replacing sugar with Stevia, a natural and safe substitute, you will dramatically cut down on sugar intake and insulin spikes, which will aid in faster weight loss and better health. Enjoy Stevia in coffee, tea, smoothies, yogurt, etc.
Herbs to Fight Yeast for Weight Loss
Many people suffer from yeast overgrowth in their bodies, which make it very difficult to lose weight. Yeast overgrowth can be caused by consuming too many yeast products (alcohol, baked goods), consuming too much carbohydrates/sweets which are the food sources of yeast, weakened immune system, and even certain prescription drugs.
Below are powerful herbs that fight yeast in your body. Once you cure your yeast overgrowth, it will be so much easier to lose weight (and stay healthy)!
If you are prone to yeast infections, it may be a good idea to go on a yeast-free diet until you are healthy.
Garlic is a powerful and natural “antibiotic” that fights against not only yeast but also bacteria and virus. Consuming garlic on a regular basis is an easy and effective way to help prevent yeast overgrowth in your body.
Garlic is most effective if it is organic and consumed raw. An easy and delicious way to consume raw garlic is to finely chop it and add it to your salad dressings.
Oil of oregano
Oil of oregano is a highly potent anti-fungal that can be used to kill off yeast in your body. Oil of oregano can be purchased as supplements. It is recommended that you reserve oil of oregano for those times when you really need it, and limit the usage to about 2 weeks at a time, to maintain its potency.
It is also recommended that you supplement your diet with probiotics during the same time frame (but consume hours apart from oil of oregano), in order to ensure that your body is left with healthy bacteria.
Olive leaf extract
Olive leaf extract is another highly potent anti-fungal that is effective against yeast overgrowth. It is also an effective anti-viral that may help with colds, flus and even herpes.
Just like oil of oregano, you should reserve olive leaf extract for times when you need it, not exceeding 2 weeks of usage at a time. It is again recommended that you supplement your diet with probiotics during the same time frame (but consume hours apart from the olive leaf extract), in order to ensure that your body is left with healthy bacteria.
In Addition to Herbs And Spices for Weight Loss, Take Probiotics Too!
Probiotics are products that contain “friendly” or “healthy” bacteria that normally exist in the digestive tract.
In general, it is recommended that you regularly consume probiotics to always ensure that you have healthy bacteria in your gut. A high level of healthy bacteria in your stomach is essential to keep the bad bacteria and yeast from taking control.
An easy way to consume probiotics is to take probiotic supplements. Probiotics are also found in unsweetened yogurt with active cultures, sauerkraut, kim chee and natto.