Eat These Naturopath-Approved Herbs to Maximise Weight Loss
For most, slimming down, at least in the beginning, isn't rocket science. We know fad diets and food replacements don't work long-term, and that losing weight in a healthy manner depends on following a balanced nutrition and exercise plan, whatever that looks like for you. Sometimes there are more complex elements involved—hormonal imbalance, stress, skipping meals or just plain overeating can all prevent you from getting in the shape you want. Each of these issues can be addressed (and should be), especially if you're aiming for peak health. That said, if you're simply looking for a few extra health hacks to maximise weight loss or detox your system, you've come to the right place.
According to naturopath Anthia Koullouros of Ovvio Organics, herbal tea not only tastes delicious (and count towards your daily intake of H2O), but they can also help support your body as you slim down. In an article written for Rescu, the holistic health expert says: "Herbs have been traditionally used to help stimulate the metabolism, reduce fluid retention and detox the body." Convinced? We sure are.
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Koullouros says this bright yellow herb is: "traditionally used for its anti-inflammatory and liver protective properties." Known for an ability to heal and brighten the skin, it's been used in both Ayurvedic and Traditional Chinese Medicine as a treatment for diabetes. Studies also show ingesting curcumin (the active component in turmeric) is related to a decrease in insulin resistance, which can be a factor in weight gain. Koullouros suggests enjoying a dose of turmeric every day to assist in the natural detoxification process of the body. May we suggest this recipe for golden milk overnight oats from The Bojon Gourmet as the perfect vehicle?
Ovvio Organics Pure-Ify Organic Tea ($20)
"Dandelion leaf is one of my go-to herbs to reduce fluid retention in the body," says Koullouros. Traditionally used as a diuretic, and to support kidney health, Koullouros goes on to recommend it as a naturopath-approved option for treating winter overindulgence: "[If you] are feeling heavy, sip on dandelion tea to flush the body of excess fluid." Koullouros's hand-blended natuopathic Pure-Ify Tea ($20) also contains dandelion root, which can aid in detoxification and digestive support.
"Green tea is traditionally used for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory therapeutics," explains Koullouros. "It is also thought to stimulate the metabolism and assist with weight loss through its active constituents polyphenol catechins and caffeine." Sipping on a cup of green tea is easy enough, but you can also add it's metabolism-boosting properties to your diet via matcha powder (finely ground green tea leaves). This matcha-spiked rawnola from Black.White.Vivid is the ideal snack to satisfy sweet tooth cravings come 3pm.