Trying to shed a few pounds ? There are no shorts cuts or magic bullets; diet and exercise are and will always be key to success. Still, certain botanicals may help you to achieve your goal and stick to your healthy lifestyle. As an added bonus, these herbs and spices are loaded with antioxidants and nutrients that your body will love!
Known as a “super food,” chia seeds absorb up to 10 times their weight in water and take on a gelatinous quality when introduced to liquids, which helps you feel full. Add a tablespoon to a container of freshly mashed fruit and you’ll have the easiest and most nutritious homemade jam you’ll ever make in a few hours. Aside from being an abundant source of antioxidants, protein and fiber, chia seeds provide significant amounts of B vitamins, folic acid, several minerals, omega-3 fatty acids and more than half a dozen amino acids.
Cinnamon is produced from the bark of a species of tree that is native to the Middle East and Asia. In terms of popularity, it ranks up there with black pepper. In fact, it holds a prominent place in every word cuisine. This sweet, warm spice supports healthy weight management by improving insulin utilization. Not only does this help to regulate serum glucose levels, but it also helps to reduce cravings.
Green tea comes from the same plant as white and black tea, the only difference between them being the degree of fermentation permitted during production. The leaf contains a class of polyphenols called catechins that provide antioxidant benefits. These agents, together with a moderate amount of caffeine, increases thermogenesis. To translate, this means metabolism is increased due to higher body heat generated from the digestion of foods.
Ginger is harvested from the root of Zingiber officinale, a flowering perennial cultivated throughout Asia, Africa and the Caribbean. Gingerol, the active compound in ginger, supports healthy weight management by balancing endocrine function and regulating metabolism.