Best Spices to Increase your Metabolism

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Everyone has a different rate at which they burn the calories they consume- their metabolism.  The math behind losing weight is simple-  ensuring that our body burns more calories than it consumes.  Although the best way to burn more calories is to be active, there are some slight shortcuts- such as eating a variety of spices and herbs to boost your body’s natural fat-burning power.

 Hot Spices

Cumin, Cayenne Pepper, jalapeños, habaneros and other spices with capsaicin (where hot peppers get their heat). It is found to increase metabolism by up to 25%. Along with its slimming effects, capsaicin is shown to work as a blood thinner, helping to prevent blood clots. Studies on nations where chilis are consumed heavily (Thailand), have shown that people that regularly eat hot peppers have a greatly reduced incidence of many blood clotting diseases. Capsaicin has also shown to work as an anti-inflammatory and help to control pain.

 Dandelion

This herb is known to flush out the kidneys, offset sweet cravings, and boost metabolism.  It can be brewed as a tea or taken as a supplement.

 Cinnamon 

Half a teaspoon of cinnamon a few times a day can lower blood sugar, improve glucose metabolism, lower cholesterol, and lower triglyceride levels. It can easily be sprinkled on yogurt, toast, or put in healthy smoothies.

Kelp

The iodine contained in the herb kelp affects your thyroid gland, which is a key player in metabolic function. Consuming kelp increases your basal metabolic rate, the rate at which you burn fat when you are at rest.  It is important only to take kelp if your body is deficient, which can be checked by a medical doctor.

Green Tea

Green tea has a mild thermogenic effect which causes the amount of energy used in heat production by the body to be raised by 3 percent to 4 percent. This means your metabolic rate is heightened, so your body burns fat more efficiently.  This is a great excuse to trade in that coffee addiction for a few cups of green tea a day!

 

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