How Herbal Teas Help in Losing Weight

The Chinese, British, and many other nations have drank tea for generations –the Chinese for even longer —so it is an ordinary thing for them, part and parcel of everyday life and not much more. Yet many people are also discovering that tea can actually benefit them in other ways, among the more important ones being losing excess weight.

Actually, herbal teas contain several characteristics and substances that act on the body for it to shed more weight than otherwise. For instance, green tea (as most popular weight loss tea) has good amounts of catechin polyphenols –mainly epigallocatechin gallate— whose main action is to enhance the oxidation of fat and raise thermogenesis. Fat oxidation is the process of how the body uses fat, while thermogenesis is that by which the body burns calories. Any rise in the level of these two means faster dissolution of fatty deposits in the body, resulting to faster weight loss.

Green tea has been found also to slow down the generation of blood sugar from food, thus inhibiting the introduction of insulin which promotes fat storage. After you eat a lot of carbohydrates, the amount of sugar in the blood rises. This causes the pancreas to inject insulin into the bloodstream to remove the excess blood sugar and store it as fat. The process then induces the person to eat more carbohydrates to compensate for the depressed sugar level. Result: a rising spiral of weight accumulation.

Drinking tea before and after meals has been found to curb eating more during meals, and lower the urge to eat between. Also, tea have a little caffeine –likewise plenty in coffee—which is a diuretic agent that promotes loss of body water and thus weight. It also suppresses the appetite so you don’t crave food as much.

Aside from green tea, there is also pu-erh tea, wu long tea, black, Earl Grey  and oolong tea that perform the same functions in varying degrees of effectiveness. They promote metabolism so the body burns more fat, and reduce the ‘need’ for more food.

Meanwhile, feiyan tea raises the body’s metabolism process, suppresses the appetite, and helps the body get rid of fat. Pretty much the same actions as those of green tea. The trendy acai berry teas also increases body metabolism through the action of its antioxidant, helps break fat down for faster usage, raises energy levels and fights fatigue at the same time, helping the person exert more efforts and burn more calories.

Despite all these touted benefits of slimming teas, medical counsel is always recommended before embarking on any tea drinking regimen, more especially if you have special medical conditions. Although natural herbal teas are not as likely to produce adverse reactions, they can and sometimes do generate the reactions. Ask your doctor; it could mean a lot to your health.

This is a post by Brian from Hambleden Herbs, a supplier of herbal tea and other teas and infusions to help you feel fresh and invigorated.


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