Helpful Herbs for Weight Loss

Use these helpful herbs for weight loss to lose weight naturally, includes Q and A with leading natural health experts.

| July/August 2006

These helpful herbs for weight loss make a difference by allowing you a safe, natural way to drop weight.

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Helpful Herbs for Weight Loss

I am trying to lose weight the safe way. I try not to use diet pills, because I don’t know which ones are safe. I also have high blood pressure and asthma. I need to lose about 20 pounds. I need help!
Dalton, Pennsylvania

Khalsa responds: I’m glad you are concerned about safety, and are eschewing weight-loss drugs. If used appropriately, natural methods are quite safe.

Natural diuretics, such as uva ursi (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi), cause fast weight loss from water loss, but the effect is short term. Herbal laxatives eliminate a few pounds of weight from stool, and may reduce absorption. They work fast, but are a temporary fix. Both have side effects if used to excess. Neither targets fat.

Soluble fibers, such as psyllium (Plantago spp.), provide a feeling of fullness, and reduce fat absorption from the digestive tract. Start with a very small amount (a miniscule 1/4 teaspoon), and increase (by 1/4 teaspoon) with each meal. Drink a copious amount of water with the fiber.

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