Speeding up the metabolism is the big secret to losing weight. And for this it is not necessary (nor recommended) to starve or deprive ourselves. To speed up the metabolism in a healthy way we need to follow a conscious diet and to include nutrients and superfoods that help to accelerate the metabolism and burn fat more quickly. To do this, we recommend 3 superfoods that can be used to prepare delicious drinks, which are perfect for losing weight and toning muscle.
1. Matcha Tea
Matcha is a fine, green powder (matcha means tea powder), that comes from tea leaves which are covered before harvesting (in order to achieve a more desirable colour and flavour), and allowed to dry slowly, before another slow process of selection and cleaning. Its origin is Chinese, but it was popularized in Japan: matcha is the main ingredient of the 14th century Japanese tea ceremony. It is used to enhance relaxation before meditation and contribute to what is described as a "calm-alert state".
Why is it a superfood?
Matcha tea provides fibre, vitamins, minerals, amino acids and antioxidants in a much proportion higher than that of normal green tea. It helps to strengthen the immune system, enhance the metabolism, prevent premature aging and improve our mood. Matcha also contains amino acids that keep us focused and alert, like caffeine does, but without the side effect of increasing heart rate. It contains polyphenols (responsible for protecting our cells from oxidation and free radicals, like EGCG): an antioxidant that helps cleanse the body, accelerate metabolism and lose weight.
How to prepare it
We can combine Matcha with a milk alternative, lucuma and cinnamon for a comforting and warm Matcha latte. In summer we can mix it with mint and ginger for a refreshing and delicious drink!
Guarana is a plant of tropical origin which is red in colour and has a characteristic flavour. It is a food that has been consumed for centuries in Latin American countries and is highly sought after by those who want to lose weight as it is a powerful metabolism accelerator.
How it works
Its high concentration of caffeine stimulates the nervous system by increasing its activity. It releases adrenaline, which keeps us more alert and active. In addition, by mobilising fat metabolism, it makes elimination of fats easier and more effective. It also improves and speeds up the digestion and assimilation of food.
This root has a great antioxidant potential that is effective not only against aging but also helps keep the body free of toxins.
In addition, it acts as a digestive agent thanks to curcumin, the active substance in turmeric. It aids the expulsion of gases, to reduce the inflammation of the digestive system, and also collaborates with the hepatic metabolism. Turmeric is widely used in the Ayurvedic tradition.
How to use turmeric
In addition to the use of turmeric as a seasoning in your meals, you can also prepare delicious drinks and smoothies. This hot Matcha and Turmeric drink is a perfect substitute for coffee. Delicious and very healthy.