Under the category of “natural remedies weight loss”, you will see lots of herbs and nutritional supplements.  Some of them are safe and may be effective, if combined with a proper diet and regular physical activity. 

Some are dangerous and should, under no circumstances, be taken by anyone.  Some are safe as long as they are not combined with other ingredients and are taken as directed. 

What you need to remember is that naturally occurring substances are not necessarily safe.  Ephedra, for example, is a plant.  It is actually a plant medicine. 

Although many people take over-the-counter medicines on a regular basis, without consulting a healthcare practitioner, it’s not a good idea.  All medications, plant-based or otherwise, must be metabolized by the liver and when used inappropriately or on a long-term basis, they can and do cause liver damage. 

Ephedra, which is sometimes sold under the Chinese name “ma huang”, is not known to damage the liver.  Instead, it causes sudden heart attacks, contributes to heat stroke and has been responsible for at least 14,000 adverse effects. 

So, just because something is sold under the heading of “natural remedies weight loss aids” does not mean that it is safe.  The manufacturers are responsible for providing a safe supplement.  But, the FDA had to step in with ephedra supplements and ban them.  The industry continued and still continues to maintain that they are safe in low doses. 

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Anything that increases your heart rate, dilates your blood vessels and raises your blood pressure is not safe.  Even caffeine can cause health problems when over used.  Again, it is a naturally occurring substance, but it is also a drug. 

Most of the natural remedies weight loss appetite suppressants on the market contain caffeine, sometimes in large amounts, even though there is no reason to believe that caffeine is actually an appetite suppressant in humans.  If a person had never drank a cup of coffee, consumed no caffeinated beverages, a little caffeine would probably suppress their appetite for a while.

But, the average person in today’s society drinks caffeinated beverages on a regular basis.  Judging by the number of people that are overweight and obese, it should be pretty obvious that caffeine does not work.

At doses approaching 500mg per day, in any form, whether taking in a supplement or consumed in tea or coffee, people start to experience health problems that include insomnia, rapid heartbeat and anxiety.  So, when you are shopping for natural remedies weight loss aids, be sure to check the label for caffeine.  If it contains caffeine, don’t buy it.

It seems that everyone is looking for a fast and easy way to lose some pounds.  Even doctors sometimes encourage their patients to consider dangerous options, such as gastric bypass and lap band surgery. 

It is possible to lose all of the pounds that you want, safely and naturally.  You need a complete plan.  The safe natural remedies weight loss supplements may be a part of that plan, but only a “small” part.

11/9/2009 12:15:47 am

Walking is the best thing to do. It targets the fat in ALL areas instead of specific areas as if you were lifting weights or push ups which just targets mainly the arms and upper area.

Try a cleansing diet! I did and lost 12 pounds and 18 inches in only 9 days. I was very happy with the results and continued on the program and lost 32 pounds in 5 weeks.


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