Fitness

10 Home Remedies for Obesity

Obesity has fast become one of the modern world’s biggest killers, alongside diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular disease. It’s a condition that occurs when too much body… Elizabeth Lilian - March 21, 2017

Obesity has fast become one of the modern world’s biggest killers, alongside diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular disease. It’s a condition that occurs when too much body fat accumulates on a person, and it can grow to be life-threatening. When the amount of food and drink consumed is more than the amount we expend through energy used in activity, it forms fat deposits on the body that can be hard to shift.

Obesity can happen to anyone, and it’s mostly caused by poor choices like frequently eating foods too high in calories and fats, excessive drinking, lack of proper sleep, leading a sedentary lifestyle with little to no physical activity. It can also be caused by genetics, and health problems like depression and hormonal imbalances. Obesity can lead to poor health and risk of chronic diseases like insulin resistance, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, gout, gallbladder disease, cataracts, sleep apnea, osteoarthritis and chronic pain.

Treating obesity can be daunting, but the benefits are significant. Losing weight slowly, consistently and in a healthy way can lead to success in reaching a target weight goal. Lifestyle changes like a new dietary pattern and exercise routine can help keep the weight off. There are many things you can do from home to support your weight loss journey.

Here are 10 home remedies for obesity.

1.      Lemon Juice

Including lemons and lemon juice in the diet holds a wide array of potential health benefits. Lemons can not only relieve symptoms of colds and flu, soothe a sore throat and treat inflammation, fever, burns, respiratory disorders and high blood pressure, it can also cleanse the stomach, promote a healthy immune system and purify the blood.

Lemon juice is an effective tool for weight control due to the large amounts of vitamins, minerals and other nourishing elements it contains, such as vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin E, folate, riboflavin, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, zinc and more. These elements can support inner health while weight loss is being achieved, and can ensure you don’t begin to lack essential nutrients in the meantime.

Lemon juice can aid weight loss because it contains pectin, a soluble dietary fiber that can be found in various fruits and vegetables and blocks fat absorption in the body. Pectin also keeps you feeling fuller for longer, meaning you won’t be as tempted to snack on unhealthy foods. Lemons contain polyphenols and flavonoids that may help reduce levels of LDL cholesterol, which is the “bad” cholesterol that collects on the walls of blood vessels, where it forms blockages that can potentially cause heart attacks.

Lemons also contain citrate, a compound that naturally inhibits toxins and prevents them from building up in the body. This can aid weight loss by eliminating further toxins and cleansing the insides. Mix the juice of half a lemon (or a whole lemon if your tastebuds can handle it) with a big glass of warm water and drink first thing in the morning on an empty stomach, following it up with a healthy breakfast.

2.      Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is likely to be the most popular choice of vinegar used for several different purposes including medicinal, culinary and even household cleaning. It’s an excellent source of probiotics and other nourishing compounds, and including it in a weight loss plan can have great benefits.

Apple cider vinegar is believed to help lower cholesterol levels and blood pressure, decreasing risk of diabetes and cardiovascular problems. One study found that after drinking apple cider vinegar daily for 12-weeks, subjects were found to have significantly lower waist circumferences, body weight, BMI and visceral fat areas.

Apple cider vinegar contains pectin, that fat-blocking dietary fiber also found in lemon juice. It’s also full of calcium, potassium, iron, sodium and malic acid, which is produced by the body as it converts carbohydrates to energy. Malic acid is believed to increase energy levels, muscle performance and mental focus, even reducing fatigue after exercise.

To take apple cider vinegar for weight loss, there are many different ways to go about it. The simplest way is to mix one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar with one cup of water or other liquid and drinking it before each meal, or when you find you’re craving sugary snacks and unhealthy food. You can also add it to smoothies and protein shakes.

3.      Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is often referred to as a ‘wonder plant’, and is popular in many cultures for food, cosmetics, herbal supplements and medicinal purposes. Ancient Egyptians called it ‘the plant of immortality’, and it’s been used therapeutically throughout Egypt, China, India, Greece, Mexico and Japan for centuries.

Aloe vera has antioxidant and antibacterial properties which makes it effective in treating skin problems like cuts, burns and stings. It contains healing properties that can increase collagen production and promote wound healing, and is purported to protect the skin against UV rays. It can also be used to relieve mouth ulcers and promote good dental health, as it reduces the build-up of plaque on the teeth and gums by killing the bacterium Streptococcus mutans, which produces plaque.

Aloe vera contains huge amounts of nutritional values, with the gel alone containing 75 active compounds like vitamins, minerals, enzymes and amino acids. Vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin B12, and folic acid have the ability to neutralize free radicals, which can lessen the damage caused by toxins in the body. Calcium, chromium, copper, selenium, magnesium, manganese, potassium, sodium and zinc are also found in aloe vera, and are essential for proper metabolic function.

Aloe vera acts as a natural laxative, as it speeds up digestion and cures constipation. To use aloe vera for weight loss, mix aloe vera gel with a liquid like fruit juice, lemon juice, honey or water, and drink first thing in the morning, 15 minutes before each meal and before workouts. Alternatively, you can take aloe vera supplements, but it’s best when consumed fresh.

4.      Green Tea

Green tea has been around for thousands of years, and is native to China and India. It’s made from the un-oxidized leaves of the Camellia sinensis bush and is one of the least processed types of tea which means it still contains a wide array of polyphenols and antioxidants. Traditional Indian and Chinese medicine commonly used green tea to treat wounds, control bleeding, support healthy digestion, improve heart health, regulate body temperature and even improve mental health.

Green tea has risen in popularity thanks to its many health benefits, and it’s believed to be the healthiest beverage available. Full of antioxidants and polyphenols that act as antioxidants, the components of green tea can inhibit the formation of damage-causing free radicals that can bring on premature aging and various other diseases. Green tea also contains an antioxidant called Epigallocatechin Gallate (EGCG) which is believed to provide potential health benefits like cancer prevention and aid in weight loss.

A study published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information concluded that EGCG found in green tea had a positive effect on losing weight and maintaining weight loss. EGCG is thought to increase metabolic rates in the body and improve the ability to burn fat, particularly around the abdomen. Green tea contains other healthy components like vitamin C, vitamin B2, vitamin E, folic acid and chlorophyll.

To use green tea against obesity, drink three to four cups per day. It’s a great substitute for other beverages like coffee, tea and sodas, because it contains a small amount of caffeine and can give you a quick yet subtle boost of energy.

5.      Cayenne Pepper

Cayenne pepper is a member of the Capsicum family, originating in Central and South America. It’s a common component of medicinal therapies in Native American culture, and has been for thousands of years. They’re often ground down into powder to make seasoning that features frequently in certain cuisines like Indian, Mexican and Asian.

Cayenne pepper is often used in traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic therapies to relieve pain, treat circulatory problems, and treat congestion. It’s also used to soothe heartburn, tremors, gout, paralysis, fever, flatulence, sore throat, nausea and hemorrhoids. Cayenne pepper contains anti-irritant, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties. It’s also extremely high in an active component called capsaicin, which gives cayenne pepper the spice and heat. The capsaicin gives cayenne pepper analgesic properties, making it effective as a topical pain treatment.

Cayenne pepper is also an appetite suppressant, which makes it a beneficial aid for weight loss. Curbing the appetite can lead to a smaller intake of calories, taking the edge off any cravings that can occur. Cayenne pepper can also boost metabolism and help regulate weight. A study conducted in 2014 showed that when cayenne pepper was consumed, the capsaicin component increased a feeling of fullness, and decreased the desire to eat after meals.

Cayenne pepper is an ingredient in the Master Cleanse diet, one of the most popular detox cleanses. While the Master Cleanse isn’t a particularly healthy way to lose weight as it consists only of liquids for a period of at least 10 days, using cayenne pepper can aid weight loss if done correctly in conjunction with a healthy diet. Add half a teaspoon of cayenne pepper to lemon water and enjoy each morning. If you aren’t used to spiciness, start with a smaller amount and slowly increase it each day.

6.      Curry Leaves

Curry leaves come from the curry tree, botanically known as Murraya koenigii. It’s a sub-tropical tree native to India and is a member of the Rutaceae family, alongside citrus and sandalwood. Curry leaves aren’t the same as curry powder and are used differently in cooking, instead just being used to give a mild, passive flavor rather than heat and spice. They’re a popular ingredient in foods like curries, soups, stews and chutney.

Curry leaves are used in Ayurvedic medicine and other natural therapies to control blood sugar levels and diabetes, reduce the risk of heart disease and lower inflammation. Curry leaves contain various nutrients like vitamin A, vitamin B, vitamin C, vitamin E, nicotinic acid, calcium, iron, phosphorus, magnesium, copper and much more. They’re also believed to have anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antioxidant, anti-carcinogenic and anti-diabetic properties.

Curry leaves can reduce the amounts of bad cholesterol and lower blood sugar levels, reduce the negative side effects of radiotherapy and chemotherapy, and protect the body against pathogens and other bacterium and fungi. Further research has shown that curry leaves contain tannins and alkaloids that can provide protection and promote a healthy liver. This can aid weight loss by ensuring the digestive and detoxification systems are working to their full capacity.

To use curry leaves for weight loss, you can include them in your meals and eat them with the dish, or simply eat them by themselves. Alternatively, you can brew them in boiling water and make a tea, or grind them into powder and add them to smoothies and meals.

7.      Tomatoes

Tomatoes are usually thought of as a vegetable, but they are actually a fruit native to Central America. It belongs to the nightshade family, botanically known as Solanum lycopersicum, with vegetables like potato and eggplant. Tomatoes were first discovered by the Aztecs, and there are hundreds of different varieties. The most common kinds include heirloom, cherry, and Roma tomatoes, but they all hold many health benefits.

Tomatoes are very low in fat and calories, and have no cholesterol. They’re full of antioxidants like lycopene, a phytonutrient that can provide protection against free radicals and oxidation, and zea-xanthin, another phytonutrient that helps protect the eyes from macular degeneration and other age-related eye diseases. Tomatoes also contain high levels of vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium, and are a good source of B-complex vitamins like riboflavin, thiamine and niacin, as well as vital minerals like calcium and iron.

Tomatoes are a good source of fiber, which is essential in maintain a healthy digestive system, and they’re also said to support a healthy cardiovascular system by lowering cholesterol levels, reducing inflammation, and protecting the blood vessels, decreasing the risk of blood clots. Tomatoes can also boost energy levels and curb the appetite, and help detoxify the body.

Tomatoes are easy to include in the diet. They’re delicious, and there are so many different varieties to try. They can be juiced, but it’s best to eat the skin and seeds as well so you don’t miss out on any nutrients. Allergic reactions to tomatoes are extremely rare, but can manifest as a skin rash, eczema, hives, coughing, sneezing, itching and swelling.

8.      Cabbage

Cabbage is a cruciferous vegetable and a member of the Brassicaceae family, along with broccoli, cauliflower and kale. There are hundreds of different types of cabbages grown in purple or green varieties, and it’s been used as far back as 4000 BC. In ancient Rome, cabbage was considered a luxury item and was used for many medicinal purposes like treatment for gout and headaches.

Cabbage holds many different health benefits, like cardiovascular protection and a decrease in risk of diabetes. It holds rich levels of antioxidants, anti-inflammatories and glucosinolates, which are sulfuric phytonutrients that have been linked to lowering the risk of some cancers. Polyphenols such as benzoic acid, caffeic acid and gallic acid among others have also been shown to contribute to the antioxidant effects of cabbage.

Red cabbage contains anthocyanins, which are well-known anti-inflammatory components that provide the deep red color, and is also very high in vitamin K, vitamin C, and vitamin B6. Cabbage contains other vitamins and minerals like manganese, potassium, folate, copper, calcium and iron, as well as lots of protein and fiber.

Cabbage is very low in calories, which makes it an ideal addition to a healthy diet and weight control. Raw and/or boiled cabbage is a good staple for daily meal plans, and it can also be fermented and made into sauerkraut, which is another great superfood to aid in weight loss. Sauerkraut contains a huge amount of prebiotics and probiotics, which are necessary for a healthy, balanced digestive system and immune system. Eat raw sauerkraut as often as you’d like in order to gain the nutritional benefits.

9.      Fennel

Fennel is a crunchy, slightly sweet vegetable that has been grown throughout Europe and the Mediterranean and used for thousands of years, dating all the way back to ancient Rome. It belongs to the Umbellifereae family and is a close relative of coriander, dill, carrots and parsley, with a texture that is similar to celery.

Fennel contains very little calories and fat, no cholesterol, and excellent levels of vitamin C as well as minerals like potassium, manganese, copper, phosphorus, folate, calcium, magnesium and iron. Fennel can contribute to healthy bones, lower blood pressure, and a healthy heart. The vitamin C, vitamin A and beta-carotene found in fennel are also powerful antioxidants that can provide protection against free radicals that cause damage to cells.

Fennel is a great source of dietary fiber, which can help increase satisfaction after meals and minimize the temptation to overeat. It contains selenium, a mineral that has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and plays an important role in metabolism by controlling the effects of the thyroid. Selenium can also bind with various heavy metal toxins, which can further protect cells against their negative effects.

Fennel can be used for weight management in many ways. Fennel seeds can be infused with water and sipped throughout the day, or drunk 15 minutes before mealtimes. Simply brew the seeds in boiling water and steep overnight. Fennel can be eaten raw or cooked, and the bulbs, stalks and leaves are all edible. They can be added to salad, used in soups, or roasted and served alongside lean meat and other vegetables.

10. Honey and Cinnamon

Honey is the sweet, golden substance that is produced by the honeybee. Floral nectar is taken from flowers by bees, and is stored in an extra stomach known as a ‘crop’ where it mixes with enzymes and other chemicals that change the composition of the liquid. It’s then taken back to the beehive where it’s regurgitated into the honeycomb, and then fanned by the wings of thousands of bees in order to evaporate the extra water from the honey. Honey contains a wide array of nutrients and minerals like iron, calcium, phosphate, potassium and magnesium.

Cinnamon is a hugely popular spice that’s made from the bark taken from Cinnamomum, trees that are native to Southeast Asia, South America and the Caribbean. It’s been used throughout history dating as far back as 2000 BC, where it was considered valuable and rare. It was commonly used to treat issues like coughing and a sore throat. Cinnamon is full of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, and research has linked it to a potential decrease in risk of heart disease.

Honey and cinnamon have become a common treatment for weight loss in recent times due to the many benefits they contain. Honey is able to improve metabolism, while cinnamon can improve insulin function, which can aid weight loss. Cinnamon can also delay the movement of food through the intestine, which can help you feel fuller for longer.

Incorporate honey and cinnamon into your diet by adding a teaspoon of honey and half a teaspoon of cinnamon to warm water to make a cup of healthy tea. You can also spread honey on some pieces of rye toast and sprinkle cinnamon across the top for a healthy breakfast. Cinnamon can also be sprinkled through coffee and oatmeal, and honey can be used as a natural sweetener instead of sugar or artificial sweeteners.

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