Remember that anytime you begin taking herbs or supplements you should check with your physician to be on the safe side. This is especially true if you are on any medication, or if you have any chronic disorders such as asthma or depression.
You should also keep in mind that dosage is important. Some people falsely assume that taking more is a good thing. Try to stay away from this mindset. You should only take the recommended dose of any vitamins, supplements or herbs you decide to incorporate into your diet.
This ancient herb is seeing a comeback in modern times. It helps to cleanse the kidneys by being a mild diuretic. This can help flush salts and toxins from the body, which is why it’s important to only take the minimal dose necessary. At higher doses you could cause an electrolyte imbalance.
Dandelion is also a source of vitamins A, B complex, C and D. This makes it an all-around excellent herb to add to any diet. Some bodybuilders use dandelion root extract because it is said to aid in muscle recovery and growth. Building muscle, even in small amounts, will help you lose weight.
You can find dandelion in capsule form. You can also boil the roots and leaves to make a tea. If you take it in tea form, you might want to add some honey because it can be slightly bitter. Also, don’t just pick dandelions you see in lawns or parks, because you have no idea if fertilizer was used on the property.
While we are on the subject of tea, do not forget the power of green tea. This herbal tea will help your body burn fat. It also decreases the body’s burning of carbohydrates while working out. You might think this sounds bad, but it’s actually just the opposite. Doing this will give you more endurance and enable you to work out for longer periods of time.
Another benefit of green tea is it will stimulate alpha waves in the brain, which will lead to increased concentration and feelings of relaxation. Think about it: how often do you reach for a salty or sugary snack because you are frazzled? We all do it from time to time. If we do it less, we will lose weight.
Licorice is a powerful herb that should only be taken in moderation. That said, it can work wonders and has been used for thousands of years.
You can take licorice in capsule form. Never take more than the recommended dosage, and don’t take it if you have high blood pressure or any kind of heart irregularity.
Licorice will help control blood sugar and reduce your cravings for sweet snacks. It also acts as a mild cough suppressant and in small doses will calm the stomach.
Ginseng is a very popular herb and for good reason. It helps provide energy and also assists in supplying nutrients to the muscles. Ginseng is also good for controlling blood sugar which helps with cravings.
Like the others, ginseng is a powerful herb that should only be taken as directed. And like the others, if you experience any moderate to severe side effects, such as sweating, shortness of breath or nausea and vomiting, you should immediately discontinue use and seek medical assistance.