Teas for Weight Loss

~You are what you eat and drink~

Which Teas help to lose weight and Why 

 

By now you may have already ascertained that Green Tea is a great ally to have when setting out to lose weight. Why and how to use it is explained here as well as identifying other teas which can assist us in reaching our weight loss goals. 

It is appropriate to speak of Tea as part of the journey when assessing how to reach our goals…Tea has traveled far in this world and people have traveled far to experience the best that Tea has to offer… ~Trishy Tea~

Green Tea-  Many studies have been published on the ability of Green Tea to increase thermogenisis, thereby aiding the body in burning more fat cells to be used as energy.  That being said Green tea helps us the most when we naturally add physical activity to our daily regimen.  So what is it that encourages these fat cells to continue to burn for energy?  The antioxidants in green tea specifically in the catechin group the element of ECGC or Epigallocatechin Gallate is the main element responsible. A warm cup of Green tea as an afternoon pick me up lowers blood sugar, staves off food cravings, promotes calm all while interrupting the shut down signals of norenephrine in the body allowing more burning of fat cells to occur.   Here is where Science and the push for more profits of a company can get the beauty and power of plants all out of whack.  This compound has been isolated and can be found sold as just that an isolated chemical derived from its original source of Green Tea. More of what has been found to be a genuinely helpful catechin is not necessarily the best answer.  Whole Food can be thought of in the same way. What would be better sitting down with a piece of bread and a handful of supplements or eating whole foods with vital enzymes and nutrients in tact?  Of course we would opt for the whole food.  It is much the same when it comes to the special foods of our world such as herbs and Teas.  In fact a more powerful effect can be had by combining herbs with the Green Tea, by creating a synergy of these natural elements that the plants have to offer.   Good eating habits will of course play a vital part in the plan too.

GreenTea as a Dieting Aide:  The best way to add this tea into your daily diet is warm and with no sweetener added.  Flavor enhancers that can make it more palatable are Peppermint, Ginger,  Dried Orange or Lemon Peel and or Lemongrass.  Still feel you need a sweetener?... try stevia, or a small amount of honey. 

Although starting your day with a cup of green tea is great...the afternoon after lunch seems to be a common timing that we could all use a little help with keeping our metabolism humming. Green tea with lunch is ok but after lunch at that 2:00 hour is a great pick me up for energy and metabolism. If the afternoon is not the time of day you find most challenging to limit snacking, perhaps its’ after the evening meal before bed… Now this time of day you will need to employ herbal allies unless you are not affected by caffeine in the later hours of the day.

CAFFEINE FREE OPTIONS

 One such herb that will aid the cravings as well as promote any post digestive issues that may have been brought on by dinner will be Peppermint Tea.  Mint tea cools and soothes and peppermint especially helps calm minor digestive disturbance and lifts the spirits. Just the aroma alone of peppermint has an effect that curbs  cravings and it is used in aromatherapy in just that way .

Another herbal that is of help when we are experiencing stress overload is Tulsi ~ Holy Basil.  This herb has a slightly spicy taste in tea and combines well with citrus tones like lemongrass, orange peel &/or lemon peel.  Holy Basil has shown its ability to lower cortisol levels thereby shutting off the fat storage of glycogen.  This is the reverse of the green Tea action whereby it is shutting off a process rather than prolonging one but the one the Holy basil is shutting down creates storage of fat rather than burning of fat.  So as you can see it helps us combat the ill effects of a stressful day, which could otherwise sabotage our original daily goals.  This Tea might best be employed during the late afternoon when we are pushing to get work done at the office. Anytime you find convenient is just right however since it does not contain caffeine.


Just about all Teas that have high nutritive content have the potential to help us in reaching our weight loss goals.  The following trio all fall into this class and offer all the punch of a super food to both start off the day and lift the energy in the afternoon.  

 Alfalfa Leaf, Nettle Leaf and Moringa Leaf


Alfalfa~ (Medicago Sativa) Yes this a plant food that is also used for animal feed. There is quite a different look when it is grown and harvested for herbal and food use for humans.  A bale in the fields for animal feed turns brown and smells pretty much like hay.  The harvested herb retains it's green chloroyphyll rich color it does have the same hay like aroma.  

Alfalfa's Nutrient Power Some of the power of a nutrient rich herb or super food is that it satisfies cravings.  Alfalfa is high in vitamin A AND C as well as packed in micro nutrients.  If you give the body all it's nutritional needs naturally the sugar and other cravings vanish. Of course the nutrients also equate to energy, since the body is fueled. Alfalfa also has an enzyme (Betaine) which helps give it a digestive advantage. Again Peppermint makes a nice companion herb for Tea. 

Smoothie Option  Outside of the Tea option it can be added to a smoothie for a nutrient boost.  I like to use alfalfa in this way (using a smooth green powder not cut herb).  A great green drink combination of powders is Nettles, Alfalfa a smidgen of kelp and a dash of stevia powder. Add these to your green smoothie I use...

  • Three Kale leaves center rib removed
  • 1/2 cup Sunflower Sprouts (great taste and loads of protein)
  • 1/2 ring Pineapple
  • 1 small banana
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 Tbsp soaked Chia seed (optional)

With 1 Tbsp of both the Nettles and Alfalfa powders added to this mix, I blend in a vitamix for what really is a powerhouse blend drink. It is quite thick and has all the fiber in tact.  Filling, low calorie and nutrient dense meets the goal for  weight-loss.

 Nettle~ Stinging Nettle Leaf~ (Urtica Dioica) Stinging Nettle when dried no longer has any sting effect when touched or consumed so no worries. As a young plant the tops of this herb can be steamed and eaten as a green or worked into a recipe much in the same way as spinach or kale would be used. But then you would def need the gloves and protective tools to harvest.  

Nettles Nutrient Power  Nettles is exceptionally high in Calcium, Chromium, Magnesium and Zinc.  Like alfalfa it is a bitter meaning it is a digestive precursor for the body and will have a mild action to enhance liver function.  It is also diuretic and will benefit UT and Kidney function.  Nettles Tea can be consumed on its own or enhanced with one of the many flavor changers in the herbal world, such as Cinnamon or Peppermint....or try adding a bit of lemon for an uplifiting combination.

Moringa~ (Moringa Oleifera) Moringa which is also known as the Drum Stick Tree; is a powerhouse of nutrition. This is a great superfood to have in your pantry.  It will add in well to Tea, or be taken by itself as Tea, can be added to smoothies and other green drinks.  

Moringa Nutrient Power  This herbal supplement is being used to address malnutrition.  It is alkalizing, energizing and packed with vitamins and amino acids.  

* one note of caution it is much higher in Arganine than Lysine and those who experience herpes virus outbreaks will need to supplement with Lysine to balance out the higher level of Arganine.


Other sources of super foods that can be incorporated into the diet are those rich in  Antioxidants and Proanthocyanins~ Berries of all types fit this content description....they should be on our consume daily list. 


 

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