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January 16, 2017
Botanica’s clinical herbalist, Charity Parkinson, shares her 5 favourite herbs for weight management
Weight management and weight loss may be top of the list as goals for many of us this year. The truth is, there are different ways to get there, since one size does not fit all. The theory that if calories taken in are less than calories burned – one will lose weight – is not true for everyone. You may have experienced this yourself or know of someone who has tried with poor results.
One of the reasons you may not be losing weight is that not all calories are created equal. A calorie from a bag of potato chips is not the same as a calorie from a ripe avocado or a handful of nuts and seeds. Our bodies use the calories from these foods differently due to the vast differences in nutrient makeup.
Another common reason for struggling with weight loss even though we might eat well, is stress. Stress is hard on our adrenals, thyroid, digestion and blood sugar regulation. All of which can lead to weight gain and/or difficulty losing weight. Did you know that one of the major links to obesity is actually chronic stress? Unfortunately, chronic stress can trigger fat storage genes to be turned on and also cause us to crave that empty calorie junk food. Since we all know that stress is hard to completely avoid, the question is what can we do about it?
This is where herbs come in. The herbs listed here can have healing effects in the areas of the body where stress has taken a toll. Helping these organ systems function better will get to the root of the problem, while giving your metabolism the boost it needs to achieve your weight loss goals.
Using the right herbal medicine in conjunction with a healthy diet and exercise regimen can make all the difference for achieving your weight loss goals. Taking a deeper root cause approach to weight loss will ultimately give you the most optimal and long-lasting results. Always check with a natural health practitioner before taking any herbal medicine if you are currently on medication.