People most often want to increase their metabolism to burn more calories, lose weight, and boost their energy. But more importantly is how to increase your metabolism. Herbs are a natural way to increase your metabolism because herbs are made from the leaves of herbaceous (non-woody) plants. The Chinese has used herbs as dietary supplements for thousands of years. Some herbs have a thermogenic effect on the body. These herbs enhance the body’s ability to generate heat energy also known as thermogenesis. In addition these herbs help to process digestion, nutrient breakdown and improves circulation, all of which to help increase the bodies metabolic rate. Many herbs are spices used in cooking, however not all spices are herbs. Use these herbs in your regular diet to speed up your metabolism, burn calories and lose weight.
Fennel has many properties in which it helps to increase metabolism to lose weight. It works as an appetite suppressant, diuretic and digestive aid. Fennel helps to eliminate toxins and waste products from the body, improving the body’s ability to work more effectively. By aiding the digestive system, fennel increases the metabolism to use energy more effectively to burn calories. It is also an antioxidant that contains vitamin C, B-vitamins, potassium, magnesium and calcium all essential vitamins and minerals that the body needs to function properly.
Dandelion is known for its diuretic properties, which flush out the kidneys, boost metabolism and stops the cravings for sweets. As a diuretic dandelion detoxes the live which aids in the metabolism of fat and normalization of blood sugar levels.
Psyllium has often been used as a dietary fiber supplement in weight loss pills and products. Psyllium cleanses the colon to eliminate fat, but its fiber content makes you feel fuller for longer, reducing the urge to overeat. It effectively reduces bowel obstructions, which causes regular bowel movements and raises ones metabolism as you excretes waste. With it’s anti-inflammatory property, psyllium aides in intestinal, colon and digestive health.
Milk thistle strengthens and clears the liver and gallbladder, making it known as a detox herb. Abnormal liver function can slow the metabolism down due to unnecessary toxins, chemicals and waste that needs to be excreted. Milk thistle repairs the liver, which in turn enhances metabolism and aids in weight loss. As a dark leafy green vegetable, milk thistle is loaded with fiber aiding in digestion and fat metabolism.
Alfalfa is known for its diuretic properties, which aid in elimination of waste in the body and enhancing digestion. To attain optimal digestive function you must increase your metabolism to provide energy for assimilation and absorption. In turn the body will burn more calories efficiently and effectively. Alfalfa also contains saponins, which increase the solubility of fats, making it easier for metabolism. It also cleanses and detoxes the entire digestive system including the liver, intestines and colon.
Unlike the previous herbs mentioned, hawthorn doesn’t affect metabolism directly, however it stimulates the adrenal glands and the thyroid. The thyroid helps to control the metabolism, so hawthorn causes increased metabolism as a secondary reaction. When your metabolism increases more energy is available throughout the body. Hawthorn also reduces water retention in the body, eliminating bloating, inflammation and overall helping to decrease weight.
Sarah Labdar graduated with a BA in exercise science and has worked in the medical field since. Her focus is alternative medicine and how it interacts and works in conjunction with traditional medicine.
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