One of the aims of using appetite suppressants is to reduce your hunger cravings. In turn, this can improve your health in a variety of ways, like reducing the risk of heart disease, help lower blood sugar and/or diabetes, decrease musculoskeletal strains, and improve the immune system and digestive system, increase energy levels and improve your outlook on life. Numerous drugs are marketed as appetite suppressants, but this article will focus on natural appetite suppressants because of its significant health benefits and minimal side effects.
Appetite suppressants is a food substance and/or drug which reduces appetite and food consumption and as a result, cause weight loss to occur. These substances are designed to work by tricking your brain into believing that you are full, thus reducing hunger pangs. When we eat, our blood stream carries glucose to all parts of our body and its presence tells the brain we are satiated. Also, when the glucose has been distributed to cells, tissues and organs, the level drop in the blood. When this occurs, a signal is sent to the brain that activates the “appetite center” and hunger cravings set in. There are several body chemicals that have a direct impact on whether we feel hungry or not. These are serotonin and catecholamine. Low serotonin levels increase our hunger pangs and high levels send a signal to the brain through the neurotransmitters to initiate the feeling of satiety.
A number of appetite suppressants are available either as prescription medication or as over-the-counter supplements. Prescription appetite suppressants are usually meant for short term use and some pose potentially serious side effects. Rather than relying on most pharmaceutical medications, it is best advised to seek natural appetite suppressants. Most common appetite suppressants are based on hoodia which is a mix of natural ingredients mostly using green tea as its basis, in combination with other plant extracts such as fucoxanthin, found naturally in sea weed.
Foods known for their appetite suppressant properties include: high fiber foods such as whole grains, lean protein such as fish, beans, salads (eaten before your meal), apples, and grapefruit. Herbs such as Cinnamon are good natural sources. Green tea is also effective. What these foods and beverages have in common is that they make your abdomen feel like it’s full of calorie-rich foods, which in reality contains minimal calories or carbohydrates. It is also important to note the role water plays as an appetite suppressant. Drinking an 8-ounce glass of water before every meal and when you start feeling hungry, suppresses your appetite.
Due to a growing population of obese individuals and increased quest to lose weight and enhance physical fitness, people are resolving to a more holistic and natural approach to curb their appetite and lose weight. There is really something for everyone; you just have to find the right one for you and live a healthy and more fulfilled life.