There are numerous different superfoods, herbs, and exotic and expensive powder blends out there which can help with weight loss but the following list keeps it simple. The following 5 herbs and spices can be found in any supermarket (although buying online provides better quality ranges at cheaper prices) and they are some of the best and most natural weight loss foods youcan add to your diet that also provide other health benefits. You can add these to a green smoothie, or any dish, that needs a flavour boost while packing weight loss and health promoting qualities too.
Turmeric is anti-inflammatory, has pain relieving properties, is good for arthritis sufferers, has anti-bacterial & healing properties, soothes cramps, improves digestion, boosts your immune system, is high in antioxidants, improves circulation, and decreases stress among so much more.
Because of the way turmeric deals with the above, due to the active ingredient curcumin, it helps the body function at an optimal level and reverse the issues such as inflammation and insulin resistance which can cause obesity. Easy to see why this is not just a spice reserved for curries.
Tip: add 1 tsp to a smoothie and always add a few cracks of black pepper to make the curcumin up to 200x more absorbable by the body.
2. Cayenne pepper
Cayenne is one of those spices you automatically associate with being used for weight loss but don’t know much more about. It boosts the body’s metabolism by inducing thermogenesis and can increase lipid oxidation, a process where fat is used for energy. It is also extremely high in Vitamin A, B, and C, it helps with digestion (a healthy digestive system is essential for weight loss), it aids in detoxing, can help improve heart health and reduce blood pressure, reduces inflammation, prevents and can get rid of migraines, and reduces the risk of blood clots.
Tip: add ½ – 1 tsp in to a smoothie, the coldness and any added fat to smoothies helps take the chili hit off this.
Not only does this spice smell of Christmas and lends flavour to both sweet and savoury dishes, but it is well known for its ability to help you lose weight. It helps to regulate blood sugar levels which means you won’t get spikes in your insulin levels and come crashing down looking for a snack an hour later. It is also loaded with anti-oxidants, is high in calcium and manganese and helps to improve memory, circulation, and boosts your immune system.
Tip: Opt for Ceylon ‘true’ cinnamon over Cassia cinnamon, which is what you often find in stores. Cinnamon naturally contains coumarin, a substance that has strong blood-thinning properties. In Ceylon cinnamon the amounts of coumarin is very very small, but Cassia has 1200x more than Ceylon. This can be an issue as large amounts ingested over a long period of time can cause issues and damage for the liver and kidneys.
Ginger is one of the best spices you can add to your diet to for improve your overall health. It aids in weight loss as it increases the metabolism, is anti-inflammatory, can act as an appetite suppressant, and stimulates digestion.
Tip: Add a few slices to smoothies, to a cup of tea, or to stir-frys for a health and flavour boost.
This spice has been used for centuries in Ayurvedic Medicine as a diuretic, to soothe and settle stomach upsets, to reduce flatulence, and to aid digestion and nutrient absorption. It also helps with weight loss as it has links to boosting the body’s metabolism, is high in fibre, contains antioxidants and phytosterols, is rich in iron, and contains magnesium.
It also helps reduce the pain from migraines and can help regulate menstrual cycles. Tiny seed with loads of benefits!
Tip: Throw ½-1 tsp of cumin seeds in to a smoothie (or any dish, or to a cup of hot water as a tea).
Got some herbs and spices you love? Let me know below. I’ll be sharing so much of this goodness in the retreat next week – there is one bed left, contact me now to make it yours!
With so much Big Love,