Mint leaves are also known as pudina in Ayurvedic medicine, and they are one of the most widely used aromatic herbs. Mint is not just good for using in cooking and flavoring, but can also be used to benefit health and wellbeing.
Mint has been used for centuries in Ayurvedic medications, and they are low in calories which is a boon for weight loss. The fiber content can help with indigestion, high cholesterol and could help in the fight against weight gain and obesity.
The plant also helps to stimulate the digestive enzymes, and assists in turning fat into usable energy. Mint is also known to improve digestion, prevent nausea, help with depression and prevents bad breath.
In this article, we’re going to look at using mint leaves to lose weight.
1. Mint Juice
Get one bunch of mint leaves, and one of coriander leaves. Add them to a blender along with a glass of water and a pinch of black pepper and salt. Blend the ingredients well, then squeeze half a lemon and add the juice. Drink one glass of this mixture early in the morning to help assist with weight loss.
2. Mint Tea
You can use fresh or dried mint leaves for this tea. For fresh mint, add a handful of leaves to boiling water and boil for a while. Let sit off the heat for a few minutes to steep, then strain and drink it.
For dried mint leaves, add them to boiling water and steep for around 10 minutes. Strain and drink. For best results, drink 2-3 cups of mint tea daily.
3. Add to Food
Mint is versatile, and can be added to many foods to enhance the flavor, both savory and sweet. Add the leaves to your favorite salad, try chopped leaves with new potatoes or peas, or add to strawberries.
Mint alone won’t magically make the weight drop off – you will still need to avoid food that is too calorie dense, and you should exercise regularly too, even if it’s only a half-hour walk to start with.