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Does Drinking Herbal Tea Help To Lose Weight?
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Does Drinking Herbal Tea Help To Lose Weight?

I find that many people searching for a healthier alternative to weight loss diets ask the question - does drinking herbal tea help weight loss?

In all cultures, past and present, the drinking and blending of herbal teas has been used and practiced for many centuries. The knowledge of its' health benefits and healing powers have been passed down from many cultures and generations and still continues today. They have played an important part within the weight loss industry and advocated by celebrities like Kylie Minogue and J-Lo to help keep their waist lines in check and such celebrities can be very influential in starting trends amongst the masses.

The Trend

Most of us will cringe when we hear that four-lettered word ....D-I-E-T! We are constantly suckered into the latest fad in weight loss programs, supplements, videos and books that make big claims (usually false) in radically reducing weight in the shortest amount of time. As a society so fixated on image and conforming to what is acceptable, some have even gone to extremes of having surgery just to lose a few inches!

We are continually reminded that to be thin is 'in'. Billboards, adverts in magazines, buses, newspapers, TV programs and films bombard us with images of either celebrities, models or 'wanna-be' figures looking slim and toned. It is unfortunate that a lot of us will succumb to this ideology and many will spend ridiculous amounts of money and time to achieve this.

The Natural Way

Sadly, many of the weight loss 'ingestion methods', such as shakes, capsules or pills are chemically-fulled and synthetically man-made so will incur nasty side effects. Thankfully, there are more natural and alternative methods to combat this.

Traditionally, herbal tea was used for medicinal purposes and subsequently, as a refreshing drink. They have been used to treat most health conditions and ailments - from arthritis and high blood pressure, to colds and skin problems, and even stress and weight loss.

There are a number of herbal tea recipes that can help with weight loss but should not be relied on solely to achieve this.

Diuretics and Laxatives

Certain herbal teas have diuretic (increased urine discharge) or laxative properties that eases water retention and regulates the digestive system. Examples include Alfalfa, Dandelion, Nettle and Senna. They can also be used to remove water and food weight before digestion and help your body to reduce the sensation of feeling bloated.

Many ardent dieters claim that diarrhea keeps the body from absorbing calories or fat but this is not a valid argument and could cause dehydration and dependency on laxatives.

Stimulants and Metabolism Boosters

A number of studies have shown that some herbs, for instance, Guarana and Kola Nut can act as stimulants which can speed up certain bodily functions such as an increase in digestion, respiration and heart rate. This is due to its' caffeine content and can provide a quick yet brief boost to your metabolism which can aid in increasing the rate you burn fat. The drawback for this is that caffeine can increase your appetite so you could find yourself back at square one!

Appetite Suppressors

Natural appetite suppressors, such as Garcinia Cambogia (Mangosteen) and Hoodia Gordonii, have been widely acclaimed in helping with weight loss due to its' actions to 'trick' the mind into thinking the stomach is full. Hoodia Gordonii has been used for many centuries by South African Khoisan herders to undergo long periods without food or water whilst hunting and gathering. However, prolonged use could lead to addiction and malnutrition.

Digestive Regulators

Weight problems often occur due to poor a digestion system and gastro-intestinal disorders. Therefore, a healthy gastro-intestinal system is one of best ways to regulate your weight as the body functions better when waste matter is stabilized. Aloe Vera, Fennel, Ginger, Liquorice, Papaya and Senna are some of the herbs that can aid in stimulating the intestine in order to promote regular bowel movements.

Blood Stabilizers

Certain herbs, such as, Cinnamon or Siberian Ginseng can be used for their ability to stabilize and regulate blood sugar. They work by slowing the absorption of food so you feel fuller for longer and to help curb the desire to eat sugary foods. Caution should be undertaken if you suffer from high blood pressure or taking blood-thinning drugs such as aspirin and warfarin as this could increase the risk of bleeding.

Green Tea

Although not classed as a herbal tea (as its’ leaves come from the actual tea plant camellia sinensis), Green Tea has had the most comprehensive research carried out and is the closest thing to a weight loss herbal tea that has proven to be effective.

It contains powerful anti-oxidants called 'polyphenols'. The most active and most studied component is 'apigallocatechin gallate' (EGCG), as this is responsible for its' slimming effects. Green Tea also contains caffeine which gives the drink its' stimulant effects that can increase metabolism and help burn fat and calories. These ingredients are the reason why they are used in popular diet pills.

The bottom line is, drinking herbal tea can assist in weight loss but with all dietary guides, there needs to be a combination of an active lifestyle and a balanced diet to battle the bulge. Although herbs have been used extensively throughout history, care should be taken when self-administering herbs. Due to their varied actions and nature, some can end up doing more harm than good.


Street Talk

  

Hey Paul yes I'm aware chamomile has many benefits and is mainly associated with its' 'calming' effects. Its also has anti-inflammatory and anti-septic properties as its' generally known as the "all-around comforter". I've not heard that it has been used to help weight loss, although due to its' anti-inflammatory properties, its' good in aiding digestive problems which is one of the causes in weight problems. Hope this answers your question.

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  about 7 years ago
Paul7  

Hi Teresa, how familiar are you with chamomile tea? I'm aware of a number of benefits that it has, but would weight loss be one of them?

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  about 7 years ago

Another informative and well-written article, Teresa. I need to 'stop the pop' completely and develop an herbal tea kick. However, I'm concerned about flavor, or lack thereof. More specifically, I need a little bit of sweet in my tea. Otherwise, I simply won't drink it. If I pick up some herbal tea at the store, what other ammo do I need? I'm hoping you'll reply and tell me herbal tea comes loaded with natural, healthy sweeteners and I'm good to go. LOL

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  about 7 years ago
  

Hi Bill that's right, herbal tea is generally all natural (unfortunately, there are some imitations so be careful where you buy, especially if you're making it from scratch and not using teabags). I sometimes use honey as a natural sweetener as its full of anti-bacterial, anti-oxidant and anti-fungal properties. Try to avoid artificial sweeteners and refined sugars to sweeten as they can destroy the healing potentials and properties of the herbal tea. So you're good to go Bill!

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  about 7 years ago
Dom Wells  

Herbal Tea is incredibly useful not just for weight loss but also for all the antioxidants it contains. Good way to "clean" the body

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  about 7 years ago
  

So true!

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  about 7 years ago
  

Hey Judith, thanks for the positive feedback!.....yeah I'm a great fan of green tea, drink around 3 cups each day along with water too. Good for the soul!

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  about 7 years ago

Fantastic article! Loads of great information. I drink loads of green tea...I drink it because I enjoy the flavor. I'm not a fan of sugared beverages and herbal tea seems to hit the spot for me. That along with water and two cups of coffee in the morning, round out my beverages for the day.

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  about 7 years ago

This is a great article Teresa, obviously well researched and packed with useful information. I just might add to your list of herbs for digestive regulation lacto fermented products like kefir, for example. These natural sources of probiotics do wonders for digestion and are also very healthy.

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  about 7 years ago
  

Cool thanks for that Jim and thanks for your positive comments!

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  about 7 years ago

I've never been much of a tea drinker because of my like for coffee. Most herbal teas i've tried seem to have a floral or sweet taste that I don't like. Are they all that way or are some of them less flowery?

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  about 7 years ago
  

There is a distinction between 'tea' and 'herbal tea'... 'True teas' such as green, black and oolong come from the actual tea plant - camellia sinensis. 'Herbal teas' aren't classed as a 'tea' are they don't come from the camellia sinensis. Instead, they are a blend or infusion of dried leaves, barks, roots, stems, seeds and flowers. Not all herbal teas are sweet or floral - take for example dong quai, nettle or ginseng. There is an extensive range of different herbal teas on the market - all with different actions and properties- depending what reason you are drinking for (medicinal or for pleasure) - i'm sure you will find something that isn't sweet or floral! - hope that helps.

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  about 7 years ago

Great explanation. I'll be on the lookout for some that suit my taste

  
  about 7 years ago

I am a huge fan of tea and this is a fantastic article. I always knew green tea was considered 'good' for you and if one of the effects is slimming, then it's even better. Thanks for a well written post.

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  about 7 years ago
  

Thanks for your feedback Lisa Marie!...I used to be a big coffee drinker, until I discovered the benefits of drinking anything herbal!...Green tea has amazing anti-oxidant properties which is incredibly beneficial overall.

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  about 7 years ago

It is sad that people are so caught up with acceptance of being thin. I do admit I'm way overweight, but the important thing is that I'm healthy in spite of the overweightness. I'm not into the beauty scene, but I am my health, so I do try to eat what's right for me. I just came from another article about the Camellia plant. I didn't know this was where green tea comes from. Great article here! Hopefully folks who read this will focus on changing what they eat rather than popping pills and resorting to surgeries.

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  about 7 years ago
  

My belief is everything in moderation and not to' bow down' and conform to the trend!...as long as you're happy and healthy, that's all that matters! Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

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  about 7 years ago
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