The body’s metabolism is a series of chemical transformations that facilitate digestion and the transportation of substances between cells. Essentially, the process breaks down all food you eat, allowing the digestive system to process it, expelling waste from the body. It is more complex than it sounds, but among the easily understood concepts is this: the faster your metabolism can process food, the less you retain in your body, which makes losing weight easier. One way to hasten metabolic activities is drinking certain teas.
There are dozens of different tea varieties that can increase your metabolism. While most people do not realize that something as simple as drinking tea can do wonders for their weight loss efforts, a number of studies can attest to its effectiveness. The following are some of the more popular variants.
Green tea is famous for its EGCG (epigallocatechin-3-gallate) chemical known to speed up the metabolic processes of the body. It helps daily consumers lose weight, without putting their bodies at risk. In fact, studies show that green tea can be effective for losing as much as 60 calories per day. There have been numerous chemical trials to test its effects, and some have even suggested it may be useful for lowering blood sugar levels. Green tea is also great for raising antioxidant levels.
Oolong is a very popular tea when it comes to weight loss. While the anti-obesity effects of this tea are still in debate, the fact that it boosts one’s metabolism has been ascertained. Drinking Oolong tea on a regular basis can counteract the usual consequences of high fat diets. Oolong tea is partly oxidized, and has a healthy balance of green and black teas, with much less fragrance than plain teas. Oolong tea is easily available over the counter at most retail stores, and comes in various strengths.
Star anise is a fruit harvested from small evergreen trees known as Illicum Verum. The tree is native to China and has been used for centuries as a treatment for digestive issues. Concerns such as diarrhea, nausea and constipation are commonly treated with Star Anise tea. However, its most popular use is in increasing the metabolism and promoting weight loss.
Tea derived from peppermint is a viable option to help control eating, suppressing appetite and burning calories. The tea is known to boost digestion and aid in weight loss when consumed daily. It is sold over the counter at most stores, and has very few side effects. It makes for a very refreshing tea and served either hot, or chilled. A tablespoon of dried of fresh leaves is all that is needed. Anyone can easily add peppermint leaves to boiling water and allow that to steep for four to five minutes. Honey can be added to sweeten the flavor.
Native to China, Pu-erh tea is a popular option for increasing your metabolism. It is also famous for curing hangovers as well as reducing nausea. Studies suggest it may be useful for lowering blood pressure, lowering cholesterol and detoxifying the body.
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