You know stress isn’t good for your health – and that’s especially true when it comes to your waistline.
You know how it is after a particularly nerve-wracking day… when nothing can calm your nerves better than your favourite snack or the newest flavour of Haagen-Dazs ice-cream.
And next thing you know, you’ve eaten the whole thing.
If you’re a stress eater, you need to get the problem under control if you ever hope to lose weight and keep the pounds off.
Fortunately, it looks like there’s a simple herb that can help in a big way.
I’m talking about ashwagandha, or “Indian ginseng.” And while many modern studies have shown that it can help you sleep and keep your mind sharp, the latest research shows that it can even combat stress eating and help you lose weight.
A new study has found that ashwagandha can actually change HOW you eat and WHAT you crave – especially in those moments when you’re a bit overwhelmed and look to food for comfort.
In just two months of taking 600 mg daily, people with chronic stress saw significant reductions in their food cravings compared to the placebo group. More than that, their body weight and body mass index (BMI) reduced by 3 per cent.
That may not sound like much, but it was more than DOUBLE what the placebo group saw.
It’s important to note that ashwagandha isn’t an appetite suppressant. Instead, it works with your body’s own natural mechanisms to cope with stress.
Think of it as a “chill pill” for your adrenal glands. It balances your body’s hormonal response to stress, so you don’t have those spiking levels of cortisol that make you reach for a bag of chips to feel a bit better. (And you know how hard it is to stop crunching, once you’ve started.)
It’s crucial to deal with any stress you’re feeling, since weight gain isn’t the extent of your worries. In fact, stress is the underlying cause behind nearly 60 per cent of all doctor’s visits for a variety of conditions – including depression, high blood pressure, and even heart disease.
You can maximize ashwagandha’s mellowing potential by pairing it with other stress-busters I’ve shared with you before, like rhodiola rosea and B vitamins.
But if you’re planning on getting THAT relaxed, just make sure you stay in for the night. The scientific name for the ashwagandha species of plant, “somnifera,” means “sleep-inducing”!Wishing you the best of health,
Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Nutrition & Healing
RCT supports Ashwagandha root extract’s weight management potential, nutraingredients-usa.com/Research/RCT-supports-Ashwagandha-root-extract-s-weight-management-potential