We all dream of being fit and healthy. Some people go through great lengths to improve their overall physique by taking weight loss supplements that have not been proven effective nor safe. Wouldn’t it be great if there were a supplement that - is not only safe - but has so many proven benefits, one of which is promotion of weight loss?
In the past, we’ve talked about the benefits of Ashwagandha for helping to balance hormones, promote homeostasis, and elevate mood. But did you know thatAshwagandha can also promote weight loss?
Ashwagandha is an adaptogenic herb that is effective in promoting hormonal balance. In itself, it does not contain hormones but it has properties that stimulate the endocrine system for the production or the regulation of certain hormones. Ashwagandha is particularly effective in improving thyroid functions. As we all know, the thyroid is important in regulating many metabolic bodily processes, one of which is weight gain or weight loss.
The thyroid controls the metabolism of the entire body and it is linked to weight changes. Low levels of thyroid hormones result to a condition known as hypothyroidism. One of the symptoms of hypothyroidism is weight gain. In contrast, high levels of thyroid hormones result to a condition known as hyperthyroidism. One of the symptoms of hyperthyroidism is weight loss.
Ashwagandha helps to stimulate the production of the Thyroid hormone known as T4 which provides more substrate for T3 conversion - T3 is what sets metabolism and energy levels in the body. A sluggish thyroid causes pounds to pack up and so you need these two thyroid hormones (T3 and T4) on your side to give your metabolism a much needed boost.
Not only does Ashwagandha help improve thyroid functions, it can also help you beat stress related weight gain. How, you ask? When the body is stressed, it produces cortisol - a hormone linked to weight gain. Cortisol also triggers glucose production and spikes our blood sugar levels. Ashwagandha has adaptogenic properties that help regulate stress and promote mood elevation, thus helping regulate cortisol production.
Fatigue is also a main culprit of weight gain. An over fatigued body can show symptoms of a host of problems ranging from plain tiredness to a compromised immune system. When the body is over fatigued, it goes into survival mode and regulates all other processes that are not essential to fighting off “danger” - in the case of over fatigue, your metabolism slows down to accommodate fighting off sickness and preventing inflammation. Ashwagandha helps improve immunity and blood circulation, to improve your overall health so that the body can focus on regulating other processes including fat burning and improving immunity.
Whilst Ashwagandha is not a 'fat loss' supplement, it will however provide nutrients and balance to the body, providing you with more energy to workout more effectively and get results from your diet.
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