With Christmas just around the corner it may be time to swap those unhealthy beverages for peppermint tea, which will allow you to stay on track for your weight loss goals.
How can peppermint tea help you to lose weight, lets find out for ourselves shall we?
#1: Peppermint can help to control appetite and cravings
As peppermint has a strong aroma it works as a natural appetite suppressant that can help you to control any food cravings you may experience.
In a study undertaken in 2007 in the Wheeling Jesuit University participants who smelled peppermint every 2 hours noted that they felt significantly less hungry.
They also discovered that they ate 1,800 fewer calories than normal.
#2: Peppermint tea can help regulate bowel movements
It has been shown that consuming peppermint can help your body to digest food more easily, therefore ensuring you start experiencing regular bowel movements.
When waste builds up in your body, the toxins from the waste can also build up, which in turn can cause numerous issues including the inability to lose weight.
Once your bowel movements become more regular these toxins should start to be removed, resulting in the weight loss you desire.
#3: Peppermint can help reduce stress
In a NASA funded clinical study, it was shown by the researchers that commuters who smelled peppermint noticed a reduction in their anxiety and fatigue levels.
As much as 20%, with a decrease in frustration of 25%, which will obviously go some way to relieving the stress felt doing that last minute Christmas shopping.
Reducing stress can help with your weight loss efforts, as stress will cause your body to produce excess levels of cortisol, which is a hormone that causes cravings as well as causing your body to hold onto fat.
#4: Peppermint can boost the immune system
If you are constantly ill due to a poor immune system then you will unlikely want to workout, which can affect your weight loss efforts.
By consuming peppermint you will be increasing your intake of essential nutrients such as calcium, vitamin B and potassium that can all help to give your immune system a much needed boost.