Because 11 is better than 10, let’s look at 11 infusions of phytotherapy plants to help us lose weight.
Phytotherapy is a treatment that falls within the well-known “natural therapies”. Let’s talk a little bit about what phytotherapy is and how we can use it for what we’re interested in: to include it in our diet and lose weight.
What is phytotherapy?
Phytotherapy consists of using medicinal plants or any substance that has plant origin to treat, alleviate or cure ailments and/or diseases, as well as providing other beneficial qualities for our body.
The art of knowledge of plants and their properties is ancient, going back to centuries before the birth of modern medicine when they both set out different paths. Of course, neither phytotherapy nor any natural therapy should be replaced by conventional medicine, but as here we do not intend to cure cancer but to give ourselves a little push to lose weight using it as a supplement in our diets.
Does natural phytotherapy mean healthier?
Many times we fall into error – possibly here it has probably happened to us without realizing it – to consider natural therapies healthier and safer than conventional medicine. This isn’t entirely right.
The active substances we find in a plant are exactly the same ones that we will find in current medicines. The difference is that the drugs have been tested and tested in clinical trials, with their study of adverse and side effects and in natural therapies we do not have such exact scientific studies.
And because they have the same active ingredients they have the same benefits and problems.
Let’s try to explain ourselves better: How many times has a friend offered us to take something to alleviate the pain and we’ve asked if it’ll sit well with us? If the product is natural, it is very likely that our friend will tell us, with all the intention of wanting to help us: “it is a natural product, nothing happens, you can take whatever you want“.
It’s a mistake to think that. It’s the first thing I want you to consider before you start taking any phytotherapy product. Any product wrapped in herbal format gives it a more mystical and healthy halo than an ugly pill that “who knows which chemicals carry that“.
Let’s think for a moment about the coffee beans. There’s nothing more natural. But if we grind 2 kilos of coffee beans, filter it through the coffee maker and drink 3 liters of coffee in an hour, rest assured that you will have adverse effects and your heart is about to burst.
Natural does not mean that it has no risks, it is safe or that we can abuse it using the excuse “is natural therapy”. You know that the maxim of this blog is to do everything in health, that the remedy is never worse than the disease.
Now that we’re clear about that, let’s go to what we’re interested in: How to use phytotherapy to lose weight with health and responsibility.
11 Infusions for Weight Loss – Natural Therapies
Artichoke is very good for the digestive system, and anything to help the proper functioning of it will be positive for us. Making an artichoke dietary infusion is very simple. Separate and wash the leaves well, boil them for 10 minutes with water, remove from the heat and wait 5 minutes for it to cool a little. We passed it through a colander and that’s it. A very healthy artichoke tea that our body will thank
Mint pollen infusion
Very fashionable is to meet friends for coffee and have someone ask for an infusion of mint pollen. Easier to prepare than artichoke, as we can get it in comfortable envelopes. It also facilitates digestion, accelerates metabolism and provides antioxidants. Great if we don’t like coffee very much.
We included it because of the explanation we’ve given of the mint pollen. You might think about coffee and antioxidant, why am I going to trade it for mint pollen? Well, the answer is simple. We almost always take it with milk. Many people directly ask for it “very short”. So we barely drink coffee, it’s all milk. Already if we add cream, the cookie and all those delights because… you’d better have a mint pollen. However, if you like the strong and bitter taste of a black coffee and alone. Go get him.
Green tea and red tea
What would become of an article on phytotherapy and dietary infusions to lose weight if we do not include tea? Our favorites green tea and red tea. We have an article where we explain the advantages of drinking tea for weight loss (click here). A great option to help you lose weight.
Rhoodiola itself is not going to help us lose weight. Including it on this list is for other reasons: Are you the kind of person who compulsively eats for pure nerve and stress? Then you have to approach that problem differently.
The advantages of rhodiola are relaxing, one of the most relaxing products within phytotherapy, similar to Valerian, but when Valerian is especially indicated to fall asleep, rhodiola is to face our day to day with less stress and more optimism. If we reduce stress and anxiety, we will not eat compulsively and therefore lose weight.
We can find it in capsules or envelopes to make our own infusions.
Ginseng Infusion – Energy and Weight Loss
The opposite of rhodiola is ginseng. One of the star plants of phytotherapy, and totally focused on us having more vitality, we spend more and more energy and calories and lose weight in a healthy way.
It improves blood circulation and, being active all day, we will consume calories consistently. To face busy days, the push that can give us a ginseng infusion is essential. You won’t feel like standing on the couch watching you gain weight or get tired so fast. On top slightly reduces the appetite, so honey on flakes.
In herbalists we can find infusions based on ginseng and some other medicinal plant to supplement it.
In addition to being the song Willie sings on the Simpsons in the “Solfamidas” chapter, birch is perfect for cleaning up our body, to avoid fluid retention, as a fat reducer and to cleanse our blood from the dreaded cholesterol. A very popular tree within phytotherapy.
Horsetail – TOP in phytotherapy
Maybe it’s the best-known phytotherapy plant. Who doesn’t know someone who usually takes a ponytail? We usually take it for two fundamental problems: to strengthen weak hair and to lose weight. Like birch it has a strong fat burning component and helps eliminate fluid retention.
Bitter orange juice
Beware of abusing bitter orange, as we said in the first natural paragraphs doesn’t mean you don’t have risks. Bitter orange increases blood pressure so if we have tension or heart problems, we should never take it. We include it here because it is one of the fruits called thermogenics. Thermogenics are plants and fruits with a strong fat burning component. So, using it as a complement is going to help us lose weight. However, we must take it carefully because of the tension problems that can bring us.
Guarana is another plant that is within the thermogenic group. The advantage is that, unlike bitter orange, it does not contain synephrine. However, it does have caffeine, which we know we shouldn’t abuse. The advantage is that guarana infusions are sold in envelopes in herbalists and parapharmacies so that we can make it at home with the exact dose to be able to take it in health. Guarana is next to ginseng our favorite phytotherapy plant. It’s fat burning, detoxifying and drastically reduces appetite.
Garcinia – The Rebound Effect
We end up with the garciana and the reason is none other than that garcinia is advisable for, once we have reached or are close to our ideal weight, or, let’s just give our diet a break, consume it and take advantage of its satiating effect.
When we are at an acceptable weight, we can start taking garcinia to avoid the rebound effect, that we do not have as much craving to eat and we can return to the normal of our day without going over with food.
Important: It is incompatible if we usually eat high-fiber foods. Its effect is reduced.
As you can see, 11 are the options we have given today to practice weight-loss phytotherapy. There are more but these are our favorites. It’s your decision and depending on the problems you have to maintain your weight, choose which of these infusions best suits you.
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