Herbs and spices have a thermogenic effect. By some research you’ll increase your metabolism by 10 to 20 percent simply by adding in spices. Especially the hot ones, which cause your body to produce heat, speeds up your metabolism and aids in weight loss. In addition, spices and herbs automatically satiate you more because they’re full of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. If you’re giving your body what it needs, it automatically craves less food. Let’s go over a few of the best herbs and spices that will aid in weight loss.
Black Pepper — Most people use black pepper, it’s usually right beside the salt on the dinner table. But, it’s a lot healthier than salt. Black pepper, improves digestion, burns fat, acts as a diuretic, helping your body rid itself of toxins. You can also put black pepper on cuts to stop bleeding and aid in healing.
Cayenne Pepper — This hot spice is a fat suppressant, fat burner, and metabolism booster. Some studies have shown that it can help stop a heart attack, kills cancer cells, and help lower blood pressure. You can also use it on cuts to stop bleeding and prevent infections. Some people falsely claim spicy foods are bad for the stomach but nothing could be further from the truth. It can help build stomach tissue and cure ulcers. Try drinking a teaspoon in 8 oz. of warm distilled or filtered water daily.
Cinnamon — Children love in on cereal and toast, but did you know that cinnamon increases insulin levels, boosts metabolism, lowers cholesterol and can treat a yeast infection or Candida overgrowth. Simply add this spice to your food to taste whenever you want to. Ensure that you do purchase real cinnamon over the Ceylon or cassia cinnamon that seems to be most commonly found at grocery stores.
Dandelions — You may not be aware but you can eat all of the dandelion! It’s good for you. Eat them raw in your salad for a cleansing effect. They also slow digestion so you feel full longer. They are a powerhouse of nutrition containing vitamin A, potassium, calcium, carotene, vitamin C, manganese, iron, and magnesium and is also a powerful antioxidant. Use it in soups, salads, stews, wines, and teas.
Ginseng — An energy booster, and metabolism booster, this spice can be found in teas and also used in various dishes. It is a bitter spice so you’ll need to balance it with a sweet spice or natural Stevia, honey or agave.
Mustard Seed— A pungent, nutty spice, the mustard seed is a popular element of many wonderful dishes. By including it in your diet you’ll increase your metabolism, and obtain the hard to come by B complex vitamins, as well as vitamin A, C and K. You’ll also up your mineral intake including calcium, manganese, copper, iron, selenium, and zinc. Great with fish, potato salad when mixed with other herbs and spices as well as honey for dressings.
Some other fabulous spices you should try are turmeric, ginger, cardamom, cumin, psyllium, curry, nettle, and seaweed. Honestly, any spice or herb that you find has a wonderful healing and nutritional property to it. Try them all. Adding spices to your dishes will increase your metabolism and help you lose weight.