The idea that weight loss is all about diet and exercise is a myth. It’s not just about the food you eat, but also how your body processes it.
Weight loss is an intricate process involving hormones, enzymes, genetic factors, and other bodily functions. In order to lose weight successfully for good, you need to have support from all of these systems which can be achieved by using various herbs.  In this blog post, I am going to introduce you to 5 of my go-to herbs that help boost metabolism and increase weight loss success.

Ginger is a natural anti-inflammatory that can help with weight loss, ginger is warming to the body and increase circulation and internal heat.  As a naturopath I use ginger frequently for a wide variety of ailments, however it extremely useful for reducing inflammation and stimulating metabolism.  You too can get the medicinal effects of ginger by drinking ginger teas and adding them to cooking.

Turmeric is a powerful antioxidant that has been shown to reduce inflammation, which in turn may help with weight loss.  We know that excess weight leads to inflammation within the body caused by an excess in the production of estrogen, from the visceral fat that surrounds the vital organs.  So reducing inflammation has a significant impact on weight loss for people who are dealing with obesity issues. You can easily include turmeric in your diet by adding it to soups, stews, and curries.  It is also nice in lattes and smoothies.

Cinnamon helps to regulate blood sugar levels and is also an antioxidant, cinnamon does this by improving the sensitivity of insulin receptors on the cells.  This allows sugar to enter the cells and be used to make energy, cinnamon can be added to all types of cooking and also can be added to soups and drinks smoothies.  Enjoy cinnamon every day knowing the nutritional value.

Gymnema the final amazing herb that can help with removing sugar cravings and stabilizing blood sugar is Gymnema.  This herb helps to improve insulin sensitivity and thus lowering the blood glucose level this is a very good benefit for people who have insulin resistance and crave sweet foods as a naturopath I am able to use herbs such as Gymnema to help lower their blood glucose level and also lower their sugar cravings which improve compliance with a weight loss program.

Lastly, Fenugreek also has some very good research showing that it can help with blood sugar stabilization and reduce cholesterol levels.  This is largely due to the high fiber content of fenugreek.  Once again you can easily get the benefits by adding fenugreek to cooking regularly.

As you can see, there are many herbs that will help with your weight loss journey. If you want to take advantage of the benefits these and other natural supplements have to offer, book an appointment today! Our team at Verdure Naturopathy is ready and waiting to provide a consultation on how we can create an integrative treatment plan for you or someone in your family. We’ll also be happy to share our favorite combinations of herbs so that you know which ones work best together when it comes time for dosing. We look forward to working with you soon!  If you would like to know more about how you can lose weight with the support of herbs please click here to book a FREE 30-minute consultation.