Welcome to the NEW Healthista series featuring 30 days of weight loss tips with Nutritionist Rick Hay. Discover why drinking ginger tea can help you reach your weight loss goals
January is here again and we can wipe our slate clean and forget about all the feasting that took place over Christmas…that was easy. Now for the hard part, the new year’s resolutions. This tends to be health related for the majority of us and usually we set ourselves an ambitious target.
Well, with the help of Nutritionist Rick Hay selecting his best food and supplement choices for weight loss goals, that ambitious target can become reachable. Over the 30 days of January, we’re providing you with a weight loss tip every day to help keep you fuelled with the right nutrients to keep you on track.
Today it’s about the benefits of drinking ginger tea for weight loss. It’s benefits include helping to regulate blood sugar, which can lead to fewer food cravings. In a 2015 study published in the Iranian Journal of Pharmaceutical Research, participants with type 2 diabetes who consumed ginger powder daily for 12 weeks experienced reduced levels of fasting blood sugar. It could also help keep you full. In fact, the journal Metabolism published a study in 2012 that showing hot ginger tea containing two grams of ginger powder consumed after a meal reduced feelings of hunger for up to six hours. It also seemed to increase the number of calories the body used to digest the initial meal, known as the thermogenic effect of food, which Rick Hay discusses further below. Of course, you could grate a tsp of ginger and boil it up, but if you’re as busy as we are, a potent teabag might also do the trick.
Rick hay says: ‘You might have heard of the term thermogenesis. A thermogenic herb or spice is something that helps to boost metabolism it helps to burn fat. An easy way to get thermogenic spices into your diet is just to choose a herbal tea. I have a three ginger option here which also contains turmeric and liquorice. The liquorice can help adrenal gland function (these are glands that release stress hormones) and also an energy booster so this helps if you want to do some exercise. This ginger combination will also help to settle the tummy which is a quick easy help if you’re getting bloated. But it’s a stimulant, so not only will it reduce the discomfort of the tummy it will help you to metabolise food properly and good metabolism means better fat metabolism and better fat metabolism means better weight loss.’
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Rick Hay is an Anti-Ageing and Fitness Nutritionist with many years clinical experience in nutrition, naturopathy, botanical medicine and iridology. He specializes in obesity treatment and weight management. He writes a regular Natural Health and Fitness Blog for Healthista. Find out more at rickhay.co.uk. Follow Rick on Twitter @nutritiomalphys