Author: Patricia Bratianu, RN PhD RH-AHG
There is no magic herb that will just melt away fat and make you slim and toned overnight. However, herbs used in conjunction with exercise and a healthy diet can promote weight loss and prevent hunger.
Bladderwrack is a sea vegetable that supplies several trace elements that regular land plants are deficient in. It is rich in a healthy form of sodium. Bladderwrack is a great source of iodine, which your thyroid needs to function well. A lack of iodine makes the thyroid sluggish. A sluggish thyroid gland may result in weight gain. By adding bladderwrack to your nutritional plan, you are improving thyroid function and burning calories more efficiently due to improved metabolic function.
Dandelion is a nourishing herb, rich in vitamins and minerals. It has a long history of use as a liver tonic. Modern herbalists still employ it for liver health. The liver is a detoxifying organ. Dandelion supports liver health as it removes wastes from the hepatic system. It is a considered a bitter herb. Bitter herbs promote bile flow. Bile is responsible for the breakdown of fats. This is important for weight loss. Dandelion also aids the gastrointestinal tract. It promotes elimination of waste products via the gastrointestinal tract and through the urinary system.
Cleavers is a gentle but powerful herb that has traditionally been used as a tonic and cleanser of the body. It provides lubrication and nourishment. It is a very soothing herb.
Malabar tamarind is a popular ingredient in diet formulas. It is also known as Garcinia cambodia. Several research studies have investigated Malabar tamarind’s efficacy as a weight loss aid. It works by preventing fat storage. Malabar tamarind has appetite suppressing properties as well.
Guarana comes from South America. It stimulates the metabolism, which results in improved efficiency of calories being burned. It does contain caffeine and similar stimulating substances. Guarana also has appetite suppressing properties.
Centaury is said to clean the blood. It is a tonic for the digestive tract and promotes elimination of excess fluid from tissues.
Licorice is a powerful sweet herb that soothes, lubricates and heals the mucus membranes of the gastrointestinal tract. A healthy GI tract is essential for proper absorption of nutrients while dieting. Licorice nourishes the adrenal glands, helping them to function efficiently.
Herbs are safe, effective tools for a weight loss program. Remember to drink plenty of water while dieting in order to aid elimination of toxins and maintain health.