A cornerstone of Ayurvedic medicine is that losing weight requires stoking the metabolic fire externally through physical exercise, and internally by using spices that have a heating virya (a flaring initial effect, like tossing fuel onto a flame) and a pungent vipaka (a longer, slower, post-digestive heat, like smoldering embers). This process is better known as thermogenesis. Here are two spices that can boost your natural weightloss efforts:
- Hot peppers. Capsaicin is the hot ingredient in hot peppers. Studies show that, in spite of being fed a high-fat diet, laboratory rats given supplemental capsaicin actually lost body fat and 8 percent of their starting body weight, while the rats not given capsaicin gained both weight and fat. I recommend Natures Way Cayenne 40,000 H.U. Take 450 mg three times daily with food.
- Turmeric. A well-known antioxidant and anti-cancer agent, turmeric is also a traditional Ayurvedic weight-loss agent. Its active ingredient is curcumin, which studies show suppresses fat deposition in mice fed a high-fat diet. I recommend a turmeric extract standardized to 95 percent curcuminoids, which you can find at any health food store or vitamin retailer. Take 500 mg three times daily. Or, simply add this wonderful spice to your recipes! You can find many recipes that include turmeric online.
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