Oolong Mint Weight Loss Tea
How to Use Fresh Mint for Weight Loss
One of the best weight loss tea’s is mint tea, and there are several reasons for that. Mint tea leaves come from several different types of plants that are all members of the Mentha family. By adding mint tea to your existing diet and exercise plan, you can help to boost your efforts and lose even more weight than diet and exercise alone.
Boosts Digestive Enzymes
One of the ways that mint helps with weight loss is that it helps to stimulate your digestive enzymes. This improves digestion and will make sure that food keeps moving the way it should through your digestive tract. Your digestive enzymes are also responsible for absorbing nutrients and using the fat from food for energy, so when you have more digestive enzymes flowing, you will gain more nutritional benefits from your food and will have more of it turned into energy rather than being stored as fat.
Increases Your Energy Levels
Mint will also stimulate your mind and body. This helps you feel more alert and have more energy to get everything done. Often, when you feel tired, you will crave carbohydrates as your body works to find a way to get more energy. To avoid overindulging on sweets and carbohydrate-rich foods because you are tired, try drinking a glass of mint tea instead.
This also makes mint tea a great pre-workout choice as it will help you feel more energized which can lead to a better workout. A better workout means more calories burned which will lead to greater weight loss. Mint tea can also help after workouts to get your energy levels back up so you can keep going whether you’re heading back to work or home.
No Sugar Needed
Unlike some slimming teas that are bitter and may require some sweetening, mint tea has a very mild and refreshing taste, so there’s no need to add any type of sweetener to it in order to enjoy your cup of tea. That means there’s no extra calories or added sugars to worry about when sipping on your mint tea. This also makes it a great replacement for sodas and other sugary drinks that you would normally drink during the day.
Growing Your Own Mint For Tea
Making your own fresh and organic mint tea is a lot easier than you may think. Mint plants are easily found for purchase and you can then grow your own mint. Mint is a fairly hardy plant and does well when kept in a container. It grows quite quickly and needs to be trimmed down often to thrive which means you can pluck leaves off several times a day without worrying about the health of the plant.
By starting with your own home-grown fresh mint, you can know exactly what is in the soil and what has gone onto the plant. This means that you don’t have to worry about pesticides and other harmful chemicals that may have come in contact with commercially-grown mint. You also don’t have to worry about what type of processing the mint has gone through before it makes it into a tea bag.
How to Make Mint Tea from Fresh Leaves
To make single cup of hot mint tea from fresh mint leaves, begin with 5 - 10 clean leaves from your mint plant. You will use a few more if they are smaller or if you want a stronger cup of tea. Place them in the bottom of your cup while you heat the water to boiling. Once the water is boiling, simply pour the hot water over the leaves and allow it to steep for at least 5 minutes.
You can drink the tea with the leaves still at the bottom, or strain them out. Alternatively, you can use a tea bomb and place the leaves inside and then remove it when it has steeped. Mint tea is also good when iced or when you add a touch of honey or lemon. It can also be combined with other types of tea to make an even more effective slimming tea.