Weight Loss With Herbal Help
In 2015 the Health Survey for England revealed that 63% of adults are obese, and that the trend is moving upwards. This is a shocking statistic and, if the trend is not reversed, an already overburdened NHS will collapse under the strain. Tragically, our children are following in our footsteps and are likely to face a future of ill-health if action is not taken now.
If you are overweight, you are more likely to suffer from high blood pressure, heart disease, high cholesterol or diabetes. You may also be more prone to osteoarthritis, varicose veins, hiatus hernia and gynaecological problems.
How can you lose weight? The simple, snappy answer is ‘Eat Less, Move More’. You need to burn more calories than you eat. Sadly, we all know this already, but a majority of us seem to be unwilling to take action!
Dieting alone will not achieve significant or lasting weight loss. It is just as important to undertake regular strenuous exercise in order to speed up the metabolic rate, thereby burning up more calories. Choose an activity that you enjoy, and exercise until you are a little breathless! Children should be encouraged to play outdoors more, and to limit their time engaging in sedentary activities with their computers and mobile phones.
You should not attempt to lose too much weight too quickly. Your body needs time to adjust, so aim to lose no more than two pounds per week. Eat sensibly, using a broad range of fresh, natural ingredients. Processed foods often contain too much salt, encouraging fluid retention. Cut down on sugary and fatty foods, have regular small meals and cut out snacks. Avoid starvation diets which actually conserve fat by lowering the metabolic rate and burning up lean mass instead. You will end up having to eat less and less in order to achieve minimal weight loss, and you will feel tired and ill. You may also damage your health irreparably. Organisations such as Weight Watchers and Slimming World offer sensible eating plans as well as lots of moral support. Once you have reached your ideal weight you should continue to follow a sensible diet and exercise regime.
There is no magic supplement to make the pounds melt away. However, herbs can offer a supportive role in helping you to achieve weight loss.
Super Kelp can help raise the metabolic rate by stimulating the thyroid gland; it may also improve a sluggish digestion, improving food utilisation. This supplement should be taken only under medical advice if you suffer from thyroid problems. Co-enzyme Q10 is essential for cell energy production and is believed to help metabolize food more quickly.
Where fluid retention is a problem, particularly at certain times of the month, Lowater may be of benefit. You are unlikely to suffer from constipation if your diet is high in fibre, but herbs such as Psyllium husk will help ensure a regular bowel movement. You should try to drink at least two litres of water every day.
Silamarie is believed to help control blood sugar levels, avoiding a sugar ‘high’ followed shortly afterwards by feelings of hunger. Replacing sugary foods with more complex carbohydrates such as root vegetables and pasta will also be of benefit.
Papaya enzymes, which include papain, bromelain, trypsin and chymotrypsin, break down proteins into the individual amino acids necessary for the maintenance of good health. They are of most benefit in those whose diets are rich in difficult-to-digest meat, gluten and milk, and they will help support the digestive system, particularly the pancreas, and reduce feelings of bloating and flatulence. Papaya enzymes are also known to reduce inflammation. Papain has a mild contraceptive action and may also induce miscarriage, so should not be taken by those who are, or wish to become pregnant.
The above information is for guidance only, and is not intended to take the place of diagnosis and treatment by a qualified practitioner. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or taking any other medication, you should seek advice from a health professional.