Many people with excess body weight carry fat around their midsection. This fat is a risk factor for many different health conditions, including heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Recent research indicates that people whose body fat is deposited more in the central or abdominal area, especially the intra-abdominal area, than it is in the gluteofemoral area are at increased risk for cardiovascular disease. This risk is independent of, but exacerbated by, the degree of obesity. Fat around the belly can be challenging to lose. Even with diet and exercise, it can often be the last part of the body to slim down. SEE: Nigerian Foods That Burn Belly Fat Fast
Can guava tea give me a flat tummy?
Guava scientifically known as Psidium guajava is a common tropical fruit cultivated in many tropical and subtropical regions. It is a small tree in the myrtle family, native to Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean and northern South America. Guava is a traditional remedy for a range of health conditions in Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa India and Zimbabwe. Research suggests that guava fruits and leaves may have a number of benefits. Studies show that guava leaves’ antioxidants, including catechins, quercetin, and gallic acid, which boost abdominal weight loss by fighting oxidative stress, which is linked to weight gain.
According to a 2015 systematic review, excess fat cells produce inflammatory substances that trigger increased inflammatory activity and free radical production in immune cells. Several beneficial effects are reported for gallic acid present in guava, including antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antineoplastic properties. This compound has been reported to have therapeutic activities in gastrointestinal, neuropsychological, metabolic, and cardiovascular disorders. Quercetin a dietary flavonoid in guava has been linked to improved exercise performance and reduced inflammation, blood pressure, and blood sugar levels. Plus, it may have brain-protective, anti-allergy, and anticancer properties. Catechins another natural antioxidant found in guava leaf help prevent cell damage and provide other benefits. These substances can reduce the formation of free radicals in the body, protecting cells and molecules from damage. Recent research shows that the combination of low antioxidant intake and a lack of sleep promotes obesity. Higher antioxidant intake could lower the chance of obesity simply by increasing antioxidant intake.
When you reverse or reduce low-level inflammation, you are increasing every aspect of your health on a cellular level. This is key as you are increasing your mitochondrial health which are the tiny engines or the ‘batteries’ that run the cell. Without our healthy mitochondria, you begin to gain weight, become fatigued and increase vulnerability to disease and we are not even addressing mental wellness. We essentially are our mitochondria… if they are not healthy, we suffer.
Guava leaf may help bolster your weight loss efforts and also curb your appetite. However, this should not replace the healthy need for exercise a crucial element to weight loss. If you spend more than 8 hours sitting, that could be one more reason you’re having trouble losing weight.
How to Use Guava Leaves For Flat Tummy
Guava tea is an excellent calorie-free drink option. You can make guava leaf tea using fresh or dried guava leaves. Drink the tea before eating a meal or in place of your morning coffee to reap the guava leaf’s weight loss benefits. Here is how to prepare guava leaves to boost your flat tummy and weight loss efforts;
- Boil fresh leaves in a pot of water for 20 minutes.
- Strain them out of the water to remove their bitter taste.
- If you have dried guava leaves, fill a mug with boiling water and place the leaves in a tea infuser.
- Soak the leaves in the hot water for 10 minutes, then remove the infuser and drink the tea.
It is important to note that you must be patient when using guava for flat tummy. You cannot expect immediate results from guava tea. Any method that sees fat just “melting off” is also likely extremely bad for your body. The best way to preserve your health and keep the fat off long-term is to adopt health boosting drinks like guava tea. Also, keep in mind: some people find it harder to obtain a flat stomach than others. Natural body shape and your own personal fitness level play a role. What works quickly for some might not work quickly for you. READ :Fat Burning Fruits: What Nigerian Fruits burns Fat?
Side Effects of Guava leaf tea and Extracts
When taken by mouth: Guava fruit is likely safe when eaten as a food. guava fruit and guava leaf extract are possibly safe when used as a medicine, short-term. Guava leaf extract might cause temporary nausea or stomach pain in some people.
When applied to the skin: Guava leaf extract is possibly safe when applied to the skin or inside the mouth as a rinse. It might cause skin irritation in some people.
Special Precautions & Warnings:
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Guava is likely safe when eaten as food. There isn’t enough reliable information to know if guava is safe to use as medicine when pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and stick with food amounts until more is known.
Diabetes: Guava might lower blood sugar. If you have diabetes and use guava, check your blood sugar carefully.
Eczema: Guava leaf extract might make eczema worse. Guava leaf extract contains chemicals that can cause skin irritation, especially in people with skin conditions like eczema. If you have eczema, use guava leaf extract with caution.
Surgery: Guava might lower blood sugar. In theory, guava might increase the risk for bleeding or interfere with blood sugar control during and after surgical procedures. Stop using guava as a medicine at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery. SEE:Health Benefits and Side Effects of Guava Leaf Tea and Extracts