Keeping the metabolism revved in high gear is preferable for a variety of reasons. A healthy metabolism means the body is working efficiently to turn what you eat into a viable energy source.
A faster metabolism of course means you will burn through calories quicker even when you are at rest and can therefore lose weight. Supercharging the metabolism can be accomplished through exercise, but your diet also plays a huge part, so both should be considered when you are trying to shed fat.
Here are some ways to get powerhouse herbal blends incorporated into your diet that will help rev up your fat burning abilities:
Herbal teas are an easy way to add more herbs to your diet, and they have a variety of other health benefits as well. In fact, drinking a cup of herbal tea prior to a meal can help you feel fuller so you are less likely to overeat. Ginger root tea is one option that is known to give the body a metabolic boost and help the digestive system run more smoothly. It can also calm an upset stomach.
Sarsaparilla tea is another popular option in weight loss plans because of its metabolism stimulating effects. Bladderwrack tea is actually made from seaweed, which is where its metabolism boosting powers come from. Seaweed contains high levels of iodine, and iodine helps to stabilize the thyroid.
Caffeine also gives the metabolism a little boost, so something like green tea can be a good choice as well. Some studies have shown that not only can green tea raise the metabolic rate, but it can also speed up the rate that fat is oxidized in the body. Adding green tea to your morning routine can help give you an energy boost as well as a metabolic one. Feel free to add lemon to your tea, as it also can help to clean the digestive tract.
Another stimulating alternative to caffeine is Yerba Mate, which is high in antioxidants and nutrients. It can help to quiet the appetite and provide an energy boost, which will help the body burn calories more efficiently. Like any stimulant, Yerba Mate is best taken in the morning to avoid sleep disruptions and should be used in moderation since it can raise the blood pressure and heart rate.
Any spices that give off the sensation of heat are going to give the metabolism a hearty boost, from ginger all the way to chili pepper. You probably already add a lot of warming spices to your flood as flavoring agents, but it’s a good reminder that they are actually doing something healthy as well.
Go heavy-handed with the black pepper on your meats and the cinnamon on your oatmeal. Other options include cayenne pepper and turmeric. Whichever warming spice your prefer, you can be confident that it offers a variety of health benefits for little to no calories. Try to get at least one warming spice in each of your meals to give you a little metabolism boost each time you eat.
-The Alternative Daily