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diet foods, diet drinks, diet pills, and
some lotions and soaps all offer you new
ways to lose weight and are advertised in A Personal Trainer’s
magazines, on the radio, on television and
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Among the options are herbal products to Weight Loss
help you lose weight more naturally.
Herbal weight loss products are available
in pills, shakes, and herbal teas. They can John David Reynolds III, CPT
be purchased in most retail stores, health
stores and on Internet sites.
Some products may claim to be safe simply because they are natural
herbs, but take caution because they may also have side effects. There
are some ingredients and chemicals to be aware of that could cause
harmful effects to your health.
Senna, an herbal laxative, is often one of the main ingredients in weight
loss teas, and because it stimulates the colon it could cause dehydration
and it can become addictive leading to colon problems.
Chromium picolinate is a synthetic compound found in herbal weight
loss products. Chromium is a nutrient that helps regulate blood-sugar
levels, but taken in high doses may cause chromosome damage and it
can lead to dehydration.
Green tea is a natural product for the treatment of obesity, some studies
have shown that green tea can increase fat burning by forty percent.
Drinking green tea, or taking green tea extracts burns extra calories, and
reduces fat. A cup of tea gives an immediate energy lift without the side
effects of caffeine.
Apple cider vinegar is a very beneficial herb to use for weight loss and
it can improve your cholesterol level, lower blood pressure and prevent
rheumatoid arthritis. It can be taken in pill form, but it is the most
effective when taken from the bottle. A tablespoon of apple cider
vinegar stirred into a large glass of water with a bit of honey added
makes a delicious drink.
Gynostemma Pentaphyllum is an herbal tea that is widely used in Asia
for weight control. It helps adjust blood sugar levels and reduce blood
fat (hyperlipidemia) which are vital steps in attaining healthy metabolic
function. Gynostemma acts as a cleanser in the stomach, helps maintain
healthy bowels and intestines by eliminating the body of toxins and
Cayenne peppers naturally contain capsaicin which is thermogenic. It
is a digestive stimulant and may actually increase your metabolism by
helping your burn calories faster.
Iodine-containing herbs like dulse, kelp and nettles can help in weight
reduction and are common natural prescriptions for cellulite. They
detoxify and help to maintain proper function of the thyroid gland,
which regulates the body's weight.
Psyllium is a natural laxative and helps to regulate the body's
Dandelion leaf tea is also a helpful remedy. Not only is it a tonic for
the liver, but it is a natural diuretic.
Fennel in capsules or in a tea aids digestion and decreases flatulence.
Traditionally, fennel combined with other herbs is consumed after a
meal in India.
Research the contents of any products you are considering taking and
always check with your doctor before taking any weight loss products.
Some herbs can interfere with pharmaceutical drugs. Pregnant women
should take particular caution.
About the Author, John David Reynolds III, is a certified personal trainer, moti
speak, and author who loves to inspire and help people achieve greatness from
within themselves. He currently trains clients at Reynolds Performance of
Sacramento, CA and does speaking engagements for local organizations inspi
people into a Healthy lifestyle. He runs an online blog called jzineonline.com .