What is an Appetite Suppressant?
An appetite suppressant is something that either fills you up, without taking on a lot of calories or something that affects your hormone levels in certain ways. A hormone called ghrelin is often referred to as the hunger hormone, which sends a signal to your brain that you are hungry. Leptin, on the other hand, is a satiety hormone, which suppresses your appetite. Appetite suppressant teas can either suppress ghrelin levels or increase leptin levels, or give you a nutrient boost that makes your body feel as though it has all the nutrients it needs.
Herbal Appetite Suppressant Teas
Siberian Ginseng Tea
When our blood sugar levels fluctuate, it can lead to feelings of hunger, but this specialized tea is known to regulate insulin and glucose levels in the body, which controls the appetite.
Mint has long been known to suppress certain hormones that stimulate hunger; even just chewing on the leaves can have this effect, but drinking the tea offers other health benefits.
Drinking green tea, with its huge range of polyphenolic compounds, can stimulate the metabolism and improve antioxidant levels. This can balance your hormones and suppress the appetite, in some cases, aiding in weight loss.
Word of Caution
Using appetite suppressant teas for a short time is a good way to limit your caloric intake and make the beginning stages of a diet more tolerable. However, persistent use of appetite suppressant tea can lead to nutrient deficiencies or hormonal imbalances, particularly if they are consumed in excessive amounts. As with any natural health remedy, moderation is key.