Obesity is a killer. It contributes to the development of heart disease, liver disease, kidney disease, and puts an individual at risk for diabetes, cancer, stroke, osteoarthritis, sleep apnea, and many other abnormal conditions that can lead to death.
Doctors can treat some of these conditions with their toxic prescription drugs, but if the individual who wants to prevent obesity or remove fat from the body elects to use herbal remedies, the result will be life altering.
The top 10 herbal home therapies to reduce or prevent obesity are:
Chia seeds are a good source of Omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, calcium, iron, and fiber. When eaten on salads, in smoothies, or with cereals or soups they make the body feel fuller and therefore reduce the feeling of hunger.
Garlic inhibits the process called adipogenesis, which is the body’s way of turning pre-fat cells into fat. To effectively use this herb in weight loss, each morning chew three cloves of garlic and then drink a glass of water into which the juice of one lemon has been squeezed. Within two weeks you will notice the beginning of fat loss around the midsection of the body.
Sipping four cups of green tea each day can help shed six or more pounds in an eight-week period. To make green tea at home, add green tea leaves or a green tea bag, plus 4-5 mint or basil leaves. Allow steeping for 10 minutes. Strain and add ½ to 1 teaspoon of lemon juice. Honey may also be added for flavor as desired.
Make your own dandelion tea and watch the fat melt away. It has a tendency to flush out toxins and excess water from the body.
Recipe for dandelion tea:
Dandelion root (roasted)- 1 tbsp or Dandelion root powder (roasted)
1 tsp Fresh ginger (minced)- half inch piece
Cardamom seeds- from 1 cardamom
Cinnamon bark- half inch piece
Mint leaves- 4-5
Water- 1 and ½ cup
Honey (optional)- 1-2 tsp as per taste
Add all the ingredients, except honey, to the water.
Bring water to a boil and continue boiling for 5-10 minutes
Strain the tea and add honey to this if using.
Mix well and enjoy.
You may have 2-4 cups per day.
Cinnamon is classified as a thermogenic, a herb that increases heat through the metabolic system, which then burns fat. Besides adding excellent flavor to many foods, just one teaspoon a day can increase metabolism and begin the process of losing fat or keep fat from forming. Sprinkle it on drinks, toast, salads, just about any food in your daily intake.
Ginger is another herb that is frequently found in the kitchen and can aid in the loss of fat. Ginger, like cinnamon, is a thermogenic providing the same metabolic increase to eliminate adipose tissue. An excellent way to use ginger is in a ginger-lemon-honey tea. Just boil four cups of water to which a 1-2 inch piece of peeled ginger, sliced into thinner strips, has been added. Simmer for about 10 minutes. Remove from the stove and add the juice of one lemon and one tablespoon of lemon for another delicious sipping tea.
Hot peppers are another form of thermogenic that raises the metabolic heat in the body. Peppers contain a substance called capsaicin, which burns fat and improves oxidation. The hotter the pepper, the greater the benefits. Peppers can be eaten raw, pickled, powdered, or flaked.
The body relies on detoxification for weight loss, and detoxification takes place in the liver. If the liver is not functioning optimally, weight loss cannot happen. Turmeric is an herb that promotes detoxification of the liver and aids in the reduction of adipose tissue, which is fat. For maximum benefit, use turmeric with black pepper and healthy fats. It can be found in caplet form, liquid, or tincture and should be taken daily.
Cranberries contain malic, citric, and quinic acid, which assist in digestion. They emulsify stubborn fats in the lymphatic system, which voids all the waste products unable to be processed through the liver. Drinking 100% unsweetened cranberry juice, or cranberry juice and water, daily promotes healthy waste of stubborn fats stored in the body.
Possibly the number one fat burning herb known to society. An excellent way to lose belly fat with many of the herbs already found in your kitchen is the make a herb infused water. Starting with two liters of water, add one medium sliced cucumber, one teaspoon grated ginger, one sliced lemon, and 10-12 sprigs of mint leaves. Let this sit in your refrigerator over-night and enjoy a cool, refreshing, fat burning drink all day.
Obesity doesn’t have to be a death sentence if an individual follows the simple rules of eating right, exercising daily, and adding these herbs to combat the increase of fat to the body.