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Can Herbal Teas Help With Weight Loss?
There are two schools of thought about coffee and weight loss. Some say that it can help your metabolism and weight loss and others say it is a stimulant and causes us to crave more bad foods.
Either way, if you are breastfeeding too much caffeine should be avoided (as it can lead to an unsettled baby) and too much is certainly not good to have whether you are breastfeeding or not so what are some alternatives when you want a warm drink?
I am a HUGE fan of herbal teas. They are quick and easy to make, are tasty and many are packed full of nutrients and some are suggested to aid weight loss
Some of my favourite ones are:
This is a great choice if you’re after a herbal tea that can boost your health. It is thought to cleanse the blood, stimulate the liver and also to help regulate the blood sugar, meaning that your blood sugar levels are stable and you’ll be less likely to crave sugary snack foods.
Chamomile is a brilliant tea for relaxing your body and mind and I always have a cup when I am feeling stressed.
Ginger tea is thought to improve circulation, help relieve menstrual cramps, regulate the blood sugar to help prevent sugar cravings, ease stomach cramps and feelings of nausea and to help relieve cold and flu symptoms. It is often used by pregnant women suffering from morning sickness.
Mint or peppermint tea is thought to relieve headaches and stomach and digestion problems.
This is a fantastic tea and Rooibos tea is often suggested for use by those who suffer from insomnia, headaches and nervous tension. The tea is caffeine free and also contains zinc and magnesium so great for healthy skin and any cramps.
Can green tea help with weight loss?
Green tea is often promoted for its weight-loss benefits and many studies have shown that those who drink green tea daily are more likely to be thinner and to have less body fat than those who do not drink green tea. Some research suggests that green tea helps to suppress the appetite and it is also thought to speed up your metabolism, helping you burn calories faster.
Teas for pregnant women and breastfeeding mums
Many herbal teas are safe to drink when you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, but some of the ingredients in herbal tea such as chamomile, comfrey, mugwort and sage can actually induce or cause miscarriage so they are not recommended and you should always check with your Doctor if you are unsure
However, teas made from foods considered safe to eat during pregnancy, such as ginger and mint and caffeine free green and black teas are thought to still be safe to consume during pregnancy and when breastfeeding and are a great way to increase your fluid intake.
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