Herbs have been used for thousands of years to treat a variety of ailments. Many herbs are known to improve digestion and increase metabolism. Many of these herbs is focused on creating more digestive enzymes in the intestine or contain a high degree of fiber. The most effective herbs to increase metabolism focus on clean and keep the liver, adrenal glands and intestines healthy
Metabolism and digestion is dependent on the digestive enzymes to break down food, absorb nutrients and eliminate waste. Digestive enzymes are found in fruits, vegetables and grains. They can also be found in ginger. Ginger helps the stomach to produce digestive enzymes, thus helping digestion and speeds up metabolism. Ginger can be used on a daily basis for cooking or can be added to the juice.
Cayenne pepper is known for its ability to help strengthen circulation, digestion and respiration. It is also known to increase your metabolism and helps to cleanse the colon and intestines. A small amount taken on a daily basis will help with digestion, and speed up your metabolism. Add 1 tablespoon of honey, juice of half a lemon and a pinch of cayenne pepper to a cup of purified water. Drink a cup of the mixture every morning to encourage weight loss.
The liver plays a key role in digestion and degradation and processing of fats. Dandelion root, milk thistle, yellow dock and burdock all help to cleanse the liver, which in turn helps the digestive system to remove waste.
The adrenal glands are responsible for giving us energy and managing stress through the fight or flight response impulse. One of the common causes of weight gain is stress. When the adrenal glands are healthy it is easier to cope with stress. Nettle and astralagus help to tone the adrenal glands.
The intestines are responsible for digestion, including the absorption of nutrients and removal of waste. Marshmallow root, fennel and licorice root all help to cleanse and soothe the intestines, supporting easier digestion and elimination of waste.
Add 1 teaspoon in a cup of boiled water. Let herb steep for three to five minutes and then strain and drink one to three cups of tea every day.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar contains a fiber called pectin, which is beneficial for weight loss. It cleanses the body of toxins, cholesterol and fat. Apple cider vinegar is also known to cleanse the intestines, liver and kidneys, which will also improve digestion and speed metabolism. Add 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to one tablespoon honey and purified water. Drink the mixture three times a day to cleanse the body.