All the sugary drinks, hours of couch time or even that 1.800-calorie Bloomin’ Onion you love so much can`t beat stress when it comes to the number one obstacle to weight loss.
According to a recent study at Penn State people that react badly to stressful situations also have higher levels of inflammation which is directly tied to obesity. But, it gets worse! As time passes by these same people are more likely to suffer from serious diseases like heart disease, cancer and diabetes. Scientifically speaking, stress hormones like cortisol (also known as “the belly fat hormone”) pulls lipds from our blood and stores them in our fat cells.
Another study conducted by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has proven that stress also prevents people from sleeping well which unavoidable leads to making bad food choices and eating late night high-carb snacks.
Stress may be inevitable but we can change the way we react and thus starting to lose weight fast. Here are 6 stress-fighting teas that can help solve both of these problems:
This tea is ideal for consuming before going to bed because it brings deeper sleep. Valerian is actually an herb that for a long time was known as a mild sedative. In fact valerian root is also know for it ability to increase the effectives of sleeping pills. Scientists have yet to identify the exact active ingredient, but if you have trouble sleeping than this is definitely the right tea for you.
Rooibos tea is known for its power to reduce cortisol levels. It contains a very unique flavanoid called Aspalathin that reduces stress hormones that stimulate fat storage, trigger hunger and often are connected to cardiovascular disease, insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes and hypertension.
Drinking one cup of the magnificent tea at evenings could help you melt fat faster and contribute to a good night sleep.
Passionflower induces sleepiness and aids anxiety thanks to the flavone chrysin. This tea is also a mild sedative, meaning it helps to calm nervousness and anxiety which means a better night sleep. Even though is considers safe to use, pregnant woman should avoided it. Peak up cup after a hard day`s work and in stressful situations.
Chamomile and Lavender Tea
Even though this traditional Medicinals Organic tea is known as a popular bedtime beverage (it improves the length and the quality of sleep), there isn`t a lot of evidence to support that claim. But don`t worry because it actually does something even more useful – it reduces stress that comes from the inability to sleep. Chamomile improves daytime wakefulness in people who have problems sleeping at night. According to one German study it reduces levels of depression in the chronically sleep-deprived.
The best way to maximize its effects is by adding lavender which also helps in postpartum depression and reduced fatigue.
Hops tea calms the nerves and reduces anxiety thanks to hop a component found in beer. Hop is actually a sedative plant that increases the activity of the neurotransmitter GABA, thus calming the central nervous system. If you get rid of stress you will also reduce your levels of cortisol which stimulates your body to store fat.
Kava Kava Tea
Kava kava helps you get healthier perspective on life by reducing anxiety levels. In fact a 2010 study out of Melbourne found kava kava so efficient that they started a project called the Kava Anxiety-Lowering Medication (KALM) to lobby its re-introduction. This tea is especially soothing for people who have stress-induced insomnia by improving sleep latency, duration and walking mood.