If you are someone who is trying to lose weight using natural methods and feels that there are not many options for you, you must read this article. Turns out, some herbs that we use daily in our meals can be more useful for weight loss than you would have thought.
From parsley to peppermint, many herbs can help in restoring hormonal balance, improve digestion, relieve gas, and boost weight loss.
And we are not talking about those fancy herbs but the staple ones that are easily available in our kitchens. Here’s the list of five such herbs:
From refreshing lemonade to a piping cup of hot tea, peppermint can enhance the taste of so many regular foods. But did you know that peppermint also has appetite-suppressing properties, which make you feel less hungry when you consume it? Fewer cravings mean you will consume fewer calories and which in turn will aid weight loss.
Peppermint has been found to ease digestion, gas as well as acidity. And proper digestion as we all know is the primary step to lose weight. Peppermint has also proven to be an effective remedy for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
We all love oregano with our pizzas and sandwiches. But did you know that this herb is a rich source of bioactive compounds like polyphenols and flavonoids? Both these enzymes are important for insulin function – they impact the secretion as well as its activity in the body.
Studies have found that Mexican and marjoram oregano is great for managing diabetes. High metabolism and better sugar regulation can make it easier to manage weight. Oregano can also ease constipation and reduce constipation. It also gets your bile juices (produced by the liver) flowing and thereby aids digestion.
Rosemary is full of antioxidants, which have anti-inflammatory properties. These antioxidants prevent free radical damage and lower your blood sugar levels. When combined, all the properties make rosemary a perfect herb for aiding weight loss. It can also help in protecting you against several metabolic disorders. The carnosic acid in rosemary has been found to have anti-obesity potential.
Parley can be a great ally in your weight loss efforts. It’s a natural diuretic, which can help in getting rid of water retention and ease bloating. The fiber content in parsley is also high, which makes it a perfect weight-loss herb.
Eugenol – an oil in parsley lowers blood sugar levels and has the potential to treat hyperglycemia. Thus, parsley is great for weight management, especially for people suffering from diabetes.
If you are suffering from weight issues that are a result of some hormonal imbalance like PCOS, spearmint can help you. Spearmint can help by boosting the estrogen level. Low estrogen levels have been related to menopausal weight gain.
By restoring the hormonal balance, spearmint can help in shedding those extra kilos, especially in women.
In other news – South Africa back on Stage 6 load shedding
Less than a week after Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa said he was confident that Eskom had enough generating capacity to withstand the cold weather, the power utility announced the implementation of Stage 6 load shedding.
“Due to the loss of additional generating units overnight, the extensive use of Open Gas Cycle Turbines and the inability to replenish pumped storage dam levels, Stage 4 load shedding will be implemented at 07:00 this morning until 14:00,” the utility said. Read More