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Mint For Weight Loss And Other Benefits

Mint For Weight Loss And Other Benefits

Take Mint Every Day For 2 Weeks For Weight Loss

I just planted a pitiful little garden. . . really it’s just a bunch of pots with green things I hope will grow. But I made sure I picked up, not one, but two different kinds of mint plants. Why? Well one, because they are supposed to help ward off bugs, two, they are part of a weed family, so very hard to kill, and three, because I LOVE MINT SO MUCH!

Did you know they have an orange mint plant? AND a chocolate mint plant?! I’m so excited to use the leaves in a refreshing drink later, and hopefully get good at putting it in other recipes. . . But I digress.

a garden pot of fresh mint leaves and a note that says chocolate mint
The real reason for writing about mint is because of HOW GOOD MINT IS FOR OUR BODIES AND FOR WEIGHT LOSS!

Do you take advantage of the amazing herbs that exist in nature? So many of these
little plants have the attributes that can help to change lives of people everywhere, but
which one catches your eye?
If you’ve ever tried chewing on a piece of freshly plucked mint leaves, then you know that there aren’t many flavors as bold and refreshing as mint, but is that where the goods stop with mint, or is there a lot more to this amazing herb than what it does to your dancing taste buds? It turns out that science has
uncovered previously unknown facts about how mint can actually help improve health.

The following information will go over some of the top health benefits of mint.

(Scientific studies done on mint and weight loss: Antioxidant properties of menthaefficient digestion of triglycerides, peppermint extract lessens the concentrations of triglycerides.)

Helps with Weight Loss

If you’ve ever tried to lose weight, then you know how challenging that can be. One
way to help set yourself up for successful weight loss, would be to make sure that
you’re drinking plenty of water. But don’t just try any water, put some extra nutrients in it. Try some herbal teas. . . specifically mint – One of the best teas for weight loss is mint tea, and it
leaves you smelling fresh. The usefulness of tea has been well documented by science,
so you can be assured that adding a cup of mint tea to each day will definitely help you to get
where you want to go in your health goals. Another strategy would be to pair mint with
other foods that are known for improving health like lemons. You can try making an
infused water with lemon wedges and mint. This is a classic way to get the body ready
for a new healthy course and make it easier for you to lose weight in a healthy, natural

It Has Essential Vitamins and Minerals That Promote Health (and weight loss)

Herbs are amazing plants on multiple levels. Not only do they add massive amounts of
flavor to the favorite dishes of the world and grant fresh breath up those who eat it, they
also give people some of the very important trace minerals that aid in the development
of the human body. Mint contains phosphorus, iron, and calcium (which are among the most well-known nutrients) along with vitamins C and A, which are ultra-important for the repair and growth of skin cells.

These vitamins and minerals also make up some parts of the cell walls in your
circulatory system, which is absolutely essential for living. Fresh mint is more popular
than ever, and having it means having a healthy body, so you can bet that you will
easily find all of the foods that you can put with it to gain maximum benefits.

Improve Your Digestion, Improve Your Diet

Do you ever get stomach aches after dinner? Some people suffer from a sensitive
stomach all of their lives, and this can be very difficult for those who are planning to
gather at family function or special dinners for their job. If you are a person who suffers
from a digestive disorder, then you know the careful planning that has to come into play
around those types of events. Because a careless dining experience could possibly end
you night and leave you wishing that you had just stayed home.

Mint contains a few different agents that can help to soothe the stomach and digestive
tract in very effective ways. That can help prevent the bloating and painful reaction that
can sometimes occur due to various intolerances that have arisen over time. This is
especially true for people who suffer from the types of gastrointestinal changes that take
place later in life.

How to Add Mint to your everyday life.

First, to truly see any results, I like to commit for AT LEAST 2 weeks. So here is a simple free printable to put on your fridge to remind you to add some mint into your day! Then after the 2 weeks, re-evaluate, and see if you can tell a difference in your body.

Chewing Mint Gum Or Brushing Our Teeth With Mint Toothpaste Helps Us Snack On Less Calories

Some no-brainer ways to use mint in our every day life of trying to lose weight, is to use it to help us cut down on snacking. . . which can help cut down on unnessesary calories. . . which can then lead to weight loss!

If you are like me, and seem to spend an inordinate amount of time in my car. . . from work, errands, kids, trips. . . you name it, and I’ve driven it!

I tend to get hungry, or worse, tired, while I drive. And I need to chew on something. I’ve been known to eat an entire Costco bag of dark and white chocolate drizzled popcorn (yes it’s good) in a single trip just to keep me awake. When what I could have done, which would have been cheaper and just as efficient, would have been to pack some mint gum instead. Now I keep gum in my car all the time just for this reason. I know I have saved myself thousands of calories by now just by making this switch!

The other thing I have done in the past, is to brush my teeth right after meals in the middle of the day. Mint does not blend well with other foods, and having a minty fresh mouth makes me not able to eat those extra snacks (for a little while at least).

Drinking The Benefits Of Mint Water For Weight loss: Warm Or Cold

Fresh mint is ideal (picked fresh from the garden, cleaned and ready). But let’s be honest, shelf-stable is more realistic, right? I was given Peppermint Oil from DoTerra by my mom, and I use that. I am not an affiliate of theirs in any way. . . But my sister is! So this is her link if you’d like to buy some. It is one of the food-grade oils, so it can be ingested. (you only need a drop or 2 to really taste it and to get the benefits from it).

I love the benefits of chia seeds, so I love this peppermint chia seed recipe, that gives you the weight loss benefits of both mint and chia seeds!

But also, just adding mint to your water throughout the day, will help with inflammation and satiety.

I personally love the combination of mint and cucumber or mint and limes! And bonus, it will make you WANT to drink more water.

And of course you can’t go wrong with warm peppermint tea!

Try to be as clean as you can with your foods. Adding mint to sugar-laden brownies, will probably negate the upsides of mint for weight loss. . . I’m just sayin’.

Adding a little extra peppermint oil to an already minty food. . .

My other favorite way of getting in extra mint, is adding the healthy peppermint oil to something that already has mint in it. Namely, I do this to my chocolate mint KetoChow shakes (I love keto btw) this way I know the mint will be effective with all the health benefits, and not just the processed taste!

a giant bag of chocolate mint keto chow with a bottle of peppermint food grade oil next to it

Bonus Facts About The Benefits Of Mint

I know you are probably only interested in the losing weight benefits of mint. . . But fresh (or oils) mint can also bring other surprising benefits, which I have included for your perusal. Enjoy!

bowl with fresh mint leaves in it with a spoon

It Limits Allergic Reactions

Many people are affected by one thing or another. If you are allergic, you might have a reaction when you come in contact with something that you’re allergic to. This can be something like pet waste, dander, or the wastes of very small organisms like dust mites. That’s why it’s important to clean and keep your environment free of allergens. But there are also many food-like allergies that make it into our digestive system.

Since mint is is an anti-inflammatory, When ingested, mint has the ability to reduce some of the symptoms of allergies by reducing inflammation in the areas associated with the reaction. Once the inflammation goes down, you will experience some relief. That makes mint great for coughs and other
issues that can be aggravated by harsh, sudden contractions of the muscles in the surrounding area.

Arrests And Soothes Spastic Muscles

When your throat is red and irritated, the muscles around your neck and chest can become sore from all of the coughing. This happens because of the initial irritation and inflammation along the esophagus. You might have also noticed that your throat and chest get tired and sore after a whole day of coughing. That’s why people started using mint. Thousands of years ago, people found out that mint helps reduce inflammation, and it also calms spastic activity in muscles. This will help stop the inflammation from getting worse. Today, herbs like mint are tied very closely with hot drinks like tea.

Helps Fight the Effects of Colds

When you catch a typical cold, there are so many individual effects that influence how
sick you feel. Irritations, soreness, difficulties breathing, and overactive mucus
production are just a few of the immensely inconvenient symptoms that you could
experience, but the introduction of mint can help you to soothe away a large portion of
most annoying effects caused by illness. When the mint helps reduce swelling, it will help you feel more comfortable and able to rest. This will lead to less chest and throat disturbances. Coughing uncontrollably is a major waste of energy and it puts a lot of strain on your system. This makes you more likely to get sicker, so you don’t want that. You need to be able to rest and get a good night’s sleep.

Keeps Your Mouth Healthy

The human mouth contains a vast array of bacteria that it uses to help digest food and
send signals to various systems. Sometimes the type of bacteria that resides in the
mouth can become imbalanced, making the mouth a breeding ground for bad bacteria
that can cause illness. A really good way to combat these types of situations would be
to find a more natural means of limiting the growth of harmful bacteria, and introducing
something that can help the helpful bacteria increase in population.

Mint is naturally antimicrobial, and is an excellent way to achieve oral health balance because it can naturally clean, and help protect your mouth. Adding mint to your drinks, and keeping fresh sprigs
around to chew on can help change the pH of your mouth and make it more hospitable
to the helpful bacteria as well. Not only that, but the natural scent of mint can help freshen your breath without adding harsh acidic sugars to the mix. Chewing mint also helps provide an easy environment in which the mouth can make repairs to itself.

Improves Labored Breathing

When you’re sick with a severe cold, one of the very worst things can be the way that
your breathing passages get blocked off by swelling and inflammation of different types.
This can make daily activities and even sleep a terrible ordeal. This cyclic issue will
compound the issue because you’re likely to get even more unhealthy in your
weakened state, but a great way to combat the breathing issues is to ingest of chew a
large portion of mint. It is also the main ingredient in Vapor rub that gives it that sharp, clear-the-sinuses, smell.

Due to the anti-inflammatory nature of mint, the reddened and swollen areas inside your
respiratory system are likely to be soothed with a very short time of ingesting some
fresh mint. One great way to get these benefits would be to add some fresh mint to your
tea. The hot liquid and vapor can be extremely penetrating and effective.

Improves Memory

Have you forgotten anything today? The human mind is a complex network of stored
experiences and emotions that make up who we are. In that way, it could be said that if
you forget too much of your life, then it’s possible that you could begin to lose who you
are. Massive amounts of research on memory and how it can be influenced has been
collected over the last few years, and science has discovered that mint has the ability to
help increase recall, and improve the way that memories are stored. If you’ve been
having trouble remembering things, then you could try keeping some mint plants around
with some fresh cuts to chew on. Maybe that will give you the needed extra boost to
help you pass a test, or keep important things on your mind.

Liver Support

When you’re feeling tired all of the time, and you don’t have the energy to do your
normal everyday tasks, it could mean that you are having some serious issues with your
metabolic functions. The liver is the center of many of these processes that help you to
feel energized, so wanting to take good care of your liver is essential. Mint contains
several of the body’s most important vitamins and minerals that all your body to be able
to more properly repair itself. When your liver is working better, you’ll be feeling a lot
better. Ingesting fresh mint is good for your liver and other organs of your body.

Repels Some Flying Insects

Flying insects like mosquitoes and other pests can plague your lifestyle and make you
feel miserable. Some flying insects can even carry terrible diseases that lead to lifelong
illnesses. It would make sense then, that you would do everything in your power to
protect both you and your family from what could potentially be a life-threatening
situation. Even without any of that, who wants to be bitten every time they walk out their
door? It turns out that mint is a plant that gives off a smell that is unpleasant to
mosquitoes. The only catch is that in order for it to have maximum potency, you have to
get it in the form of an essential oil. The next best thing would be to cut it and rub it’s
juices directly onto the surface of your skin.

Might Help You Cope with Depression

Depression is a very difficult thing for people all over the world. It affects a large portion
of both adults and children. Every experience of each person is completely their own, so
treating the difficulties of depression are very tough due to the extremely personal
nature of each person who is suffering with the disorder. There are however some
things that can be universally appreciated by all people, even at the most difficult times.
Some of this is due to the way the human genome was developed, so some of those
things that caused joy in our ancestors are still good for us today. The benefits of mint water for this is that mint is one of the few plants that gives off a scent that interacts deploy with connection in the brain and can produce feelings of positivity. Studies have suggested that keeping mint around can improve your moods by a noticeable degree. Just imagine how happy you are, with a cup of warm peppermint tea in your hands, smelling that sweet aroma, and letting it warm you up as you sip it.

Alleviate Gas and Bloating

Most people have had an embarrassing experience involving flatulence. Some foods
can cause a person to become swollen with gas. This can lead to the sudden and
uncontrolled expulsion of these gases, which can be very unpleasant for anyone
unfortunate enough to be caught nearby. If you’ve ever hoped to find a natural route to
help avoid these situations, then mint might be your answer. Eating mint can help
prevent the production of methane gas because it stimulates the production of gastric
juices. Eating an actual sprig of mint will most likely be the best for reducing gas and
unsightly bloating. Simply pluck a healthy part of the plant and chew it up and swallow.

Pain Management

Have you even had a small cut that just makes you want to scream? In ancient times,
people who had access to mint frequently used it on small cuts and scrapes for pain
relief. It also has some antibacterial agents that help prevent some small infections.
Studies have shown that this is more than tribal thinking and that mint can actually limit
pain response. They’ve even discovered that ingesting it has some pain relieving effects
as well. What else can you think of that can be done with mint?

Have I convinced you yet to take MINT? Let me know your favorite ways to add mint into your everyday diet by commenting below! And make sure to come back and let me know if it helped with your weight loss journey!

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