With bathing suit season quickly approaching, many people are searching for painless ways to shed a few pounds quickly. Adding any or a combination of the ideas listed below may help to get your body ready for the beach in less than a month.
1. Drink Bojenmi Tea.
Bojenmi tea is used mainly for assisting weight loss and maintaining a healthy weight. This traditional Chinese medicinal tea is known as Baojianmei Jianfei Cha in Chinese and means "slim and beautiful". It is one of the most popular products of China for slimming and promotion of beauty and health.
The formulation is provided as loose tea or tea bags. Several ingredients are used for this herb formulation, but the main ingredient is the tea leaf from Fujian Province. Reports have revealed that 50 percent of this product contains tea leaf which has been shown to help lower blood lipids. An extract of other herbs, however, are sprayed onto the tea leaf to make the finished beverage product, which is then prepared by steeping in boiled water for 3 to 4 minutes. Up to 6 cups of the tea per day can be consumed to help increase metabolism.
The herbs in the formula enhance digestion, resolve accumulations of phlegm and moisture, eliminate food stagnation, and provide a slight laxative action. Also, the combination includes actions relied upon by Chinese doctores to promote weight loss and reduce blood lipids.
Fats and toxins can tightly bind to one another, making it difficult for the body to let go of the contents of fat cells. Toxins hold onto fats and fats hold onto toxins. The body uses several mechanisms to detoxify the body: lymphatic system, bowel movements, urination, and sweating. Water is involved in every biochemical process so the name of the game is to DRINK WATER! Below are ideas from each detoxification category:
Lymphatics: lymphatic massage will help keep the lymphatic fluid moving freely and allow the glycerol and water components of the fat cells to be recycled
Liver and Bowels: milk thistle, burdock, and dandelion all promote toxin excretion in fecal matter
Urination/Kidneys: dandelion and/or uva-ursi can help strengthen the kidneys and are mild diuretics
Sweating: FAR infrared sauna can penetrate deep to pull out more toxins (2x per week for 20 minutes)
3. Cut Out Grains.
Most grains contain either phytates, gluten, and/or lectins. Aside from the fact that most modern grains are refined, processed, and/or sprayed with toxic chemicals, they cause spikes in blood sugar and in large amounts often lead to insulin resistance over time.
Lectins are so small and hard to digest that they tend to bio-accumulate in your body. They damage the gut lining which leads to leaky gut and other disorders. Lectins also cause leptin resistance, which means that your hunger signal is suppressed and that you’ll be hungry even when your body has had more than enough calories. They’re resistant to heat and digestive enzymes and can bind to almost all cell types, causing damage to tissues and organs.
The inflammation caused by this damage can not only make it difficult to detoxify properly and absorb nutrients important for metabolic function, it can also impair the lymphatic system which is a major route of transport for fat cell components. The bloated and inflamed look that many people try to avoid could be drastically reduced by limiting grain intake. If you are trying to quickly lose weight, complete avoidance would be very beneficial for that month before vacation.
4. I-lipo Laser Slimming and Body Contouring
I-Lipo is an FDA approved technology used as a safe, non-invasive dermatological aesthetic treatment for the reduction of circumference of hips, waist, and thighs. This is a non- invasive laser weight loss treatment that shrinks fat cells beneath the skin. There are no incisions and the fat is removed through the body’s lymphatic system. There is no downtime and it can be expected to spend a total of 1 hour or less in office (20 minutes for the treatment and 30 minutes of exercise or sauna following the treatment). You will usually need a total of 8 treatments spread out over 1-2 months with an average loss of 2 cm per session. The results are natural looking and will appear gradually. In a randomized, controlled study, patients experienced an average weight loss of 2-12 cm from their waist, hip and thighs in just one session.
Variations on this machine include I-lipo ultra which includes a skin tightening and cellulite reducing feature and ultrasound cavitation which disrupts the membrane of the fat cell. The combination of the ultrasound, radiofrequency device, and the vacuum feature will permanently destroy some of the fat cells and shrink the size of the remaining fat cell. Results are semi-permanent and will remain as long as there are no major decreases in exercise or nutritional quality.
5. Add Essential Oils to Your Water.
Below are some of the essential oils that help speed up metabolism, detoxify the body, and promote insulin and satiety hormone sensitivity. Some companies make combination formulas that feature some or all of the listed oils.
- Grapefruit: powerful detoxifier, increases metabolism, great for the skin
- Lemon: increases metabolism, calms the mind, detoxifying
- Peppermint: antioxidant, stimulates digestion, decongestant
- Ginger: aids in digestion, calms inflammation, improves mood, anti-anxiolytic
- Cinnamon: improves insulin sensitivity, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant
- Ocotea: lowers blood sugar, anti-inflammatory
- Tangerine: mild laxative, aids in digestion, antioxidant, calming, topical use for cellulite
- Spearmint: aids in digestion
Detoxification and achieving or maintaining a healthy weight is not just a summer project. As a naturopath, I will looks for the least invasive and most effective method to help bring your body back into balance naturally.
Autumn Frandsen N.D. is a Naturopathic Physician at National Integrated Health Associates, NIHA, serving Washington D.C., Maryland and Virginia. As a naturopath, her philosophy is to use the least invasive and effective method to bring balance to the body and restore health. Her areas of focus include Allergies, Environmental Medicine and Chemical Sensitivities, Homeopathy and Herbal Medicine, Heavy Metal Detoxification, Anti-Aging and Weight Loss.