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Some precautions while using herbs for weight loss

Obesity can be caused due to a genetic predisposition, an inactive lifestyle and bad eating habits or due to an underlying medical ailment like thyroid disorders. Most effective obesity treatments are slow. The process requires persistent determination as it involves diets that you may not like and regular exercise.   Weight loss medications are neither approved nor safe and should be used only after other natural weight loss solutions have been tried. In addition there is always a risk of regaining weight after you stop the medicines. Homeopathic remedies for weight loss are a better option because of the natural, symptomatic and holistic approach that homeopathy takes.

Herbal weight loss involves the use of natural herbs that have a stimulating, diuretic, cathartic and appetite-suppressing affect on the body. Herbal weight loss pills have earned a bad name for themselves due to some over-enthused marketers that boast of far fetched results that seem miraculous. Proper information about organic herbs and herbal remedies can go along way to help you derive maximum benefits from these herbs.   Although green tea is also sold in capsules, the traditional method of making tea is better as you can control its brewing to suit your taste. It is a harmless herb with antioxidant properties and four to five cups a day should be enough.

Cascara sagrada is a strong laxative and diuretic. One or two cups of tea in a day made from the herb or ten drops of its tincture can improve and regulate your elimination process. Take care not to use it for more than a week.

Dandelion is a gentle diuretic that helps in digestion and removes cholesterol from blood. You can make tea from its leaves or eat these fresh greens in a soup or a salad.

Malabar tamarind is a good appetite suppressant and a digestive aid as well. Its tangy pulp can be cooked with rice and fish. If that sounds a bit too much for you, soak a small quantity overnight and dilute it in water. Add a little bit of jaggery and salt to make a tasty tangy drink.

If you have a sweet tooth try eating one to two sticks of licorice roots everyday. It will prevent the cravings for sweets and also inhibit urges for snacking between meals.

Psyllium husk is a gentle laxative that provides the needed bulk in your food. Two tablespoons of husk or powdered seeds with water or juice before bedtime will help a lot for easy elimination in the morning.

All weight loss solutions include regular exercise. Siberian Ginseng can provide help you in getting used to the new routine, remaining active and reducing stress.

A word of caution needs to be added here. Herbs are generally safe but an overdose of even normal foods can cause problems. There are some herbs like ephedra sinica that are known to have a detrimental affect on heart and diabetes. Avoid herbal supplements. Some of them contain ten to twenty herbs. It is obvious that none of them would contain herbs in their effective dose. Moreover some herbs tend to interact with each other and cause electrolyte imbalances. Remember that long term use of any remedy including herbs should only be under an expert’s guidance.

References:

http://www.henriettesherbal.com/faqs/medi-3-4-weight.html      http://healing.about.com/library/uc_herbal_wtloss_0111.htm

http://www.99waystoloseweight.com/herbs-for-weight-loss.html       http://fitnessandfreebies.com/fitness/herbal.html

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