The world goes on and on facing an obesity epidemic. Unfortunately, for the most part, people neglect the role that herbal medicine can play in encouraging a healthy weight. But before we get straight into how nettle tea is going to assist your weight loss regime…
This is the part that most people don’t like to hear. But it has to be said. There is no weight loss pill or supplement out there that is a substitute for a healthy diet and exercise. A cup of nettle tea is absolutely not an excuse to put down your gym bag and veg out on the couch.
And for that matter…
A cup of nettle tea (or any other assisted weight loss supplement) does not give you an excuse to binge on fatty, salty or sugary foods.
So many people these days are looking for the fastest cure for – whatever. But that’s not the way herbal medicine works. Herbs gently nudge a person into wellness, and if we cooperate with what the herb asks us to do, it can be extremely effective and the effects long-lasting.
Now, that’s the disclaimer over. At Herbalfoo, we promote healthy living. And we are about to introduce you to a herb that is abundant in minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants, helping you detox, lose weight and be healthy.
Nettle: a treatment for water retention
Just like coffee, nettle is a diuretic. It means that it makes you pee – a lot. The main function of a diuretic, if used correctly, is to help flush out all of the excess water in the body. You would be surprised how much obesity is caused simply by water retention.
The difference between coffee and nettle is that it does not then lead to dehydration, a common symptom among coffee users. Plus, it is not acidic like coffee, so doesn’t carry those health risks. You can drink nettle until your heart’s content without experiencing any problems – except that you’ll be on the toilet regularly.
Don’t get carried away.
The amount of weight you lose is not directly proportional to the amount of nettle tea you drink. It just doesn’t work that way. However, adding nettle to your diet, whether by a form of extraction (tea, tincture) or using it in cooking can assist in the process of expelling unnecessary liquids from the body.
All with a grain of salt
One of the biggest contributors to obesity or weight gain, in general, is the overconsumption of sodium. There is so much salt in our food these days (especially processed food), it just takes a quick scan of the nutritional information on packaging to see. In fact, people are so accustomed to consuming huge volumes of salt that they almost think that unsalted food isn’t tasty!
Salt is literally the tastiest condiment on the planet. But it doesn’t take a genius to figure out how excessive amounts can be detrimental to health.
Excess salt in the body is largely what causes the water retention we were talking about. So nettle works in the way of releasing that excess water and then giving sodium levels a chance to balance out.
The reduction of salty food is essential for weight loss, and nettle can assist by kickstarting the process. However, there have to be some conscious food habits on your part, making sure that you do not eat too much processed food, which happens to be extremely salty.
Weight loss assisted by detox
Finally, nettle is a great herbal medicine with which to detox (we talked about this in previous articles). The fact that it is a diuretic is one of its detoxifying qualities. How does this apply to weight loss?
Getting rid of accumulated metabolic waste in the gastrointestinal tract, kidneys, liver, and stomach will make your body function more efficiently. It means that you will use most of the energy you consume without having to overeat, you’ll have more energy and you will metabolize correctly.
In the body’s natural state, it is efficient. However, years of drinking, taking prescription medication and unhealthy eating habits are what cause an excess build-up of waste.
So, while we don’t recommend nettle as a complete supplement for other weight loss techniques (healthy eating, fasting, exercise etc), we do recommend it as an assistant. It is a great addition to your diet, especially if fasting because the benefits it provides due to its mineral and vitamin content are amazing.
Nettle tea, along with a healthy diet, regular exercise and a happy state of mind will ease you into the body you love.
And it will keep you there.