BODY DIY: Boost your metabolism with natural remedies – Part 1

In this post  I want to share with you some natural remedies that helped me to lose weight and keep healthy throughout the years. Today (part 1 of this post) we are going to discuss chili peper and ginger, both very particular in taste and both very helpful  during cold winters (since they can boost our Immune system). They can make our  dishes and drinks heartier and less boring.  Ginger can also serve as a home-made remedy for cold and flu, by adding it to warm water with  lemon and Hanukkah honey.


Spicing up your food does not only make your meals more adventurous but also gives you a lot of benefits.  Spices like chili are thought to raise the  metabolism by up to 50 % for up to three hours after eating; since it increases the heart rate. I enjoy chillies in everything (most of the time fresh); in savouries, chocolate and also herbal teas.  If you are not  adventurous with hot spices you can start introducing them slowly to some of your favourite meals. You will build your tolerance gradually and you will begin to appreciate its versatility and gain the benefits. If you have tried and you really  can`t take the heat and your body can`t  handle it you should go for other natural remedies.

“Eating chillies can have a very positive impact on people that are overweight or suffer from diabetes, say a team of researchers at The University of Tasmania, whose research was published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, in July 2006”


My own chili plant:)


Illustration by one of the world’s first scientific illustrators (and entomologists!), Maria Sibylla Merian


One of my long time daily rituals is starting my day with a cup of  warm water with lemon and ginger (peeled  and grated). I suggest that you drink this delicious warm drink early in the  morning on an empty stomach.  This will help the bowel move regularly and it will serve as a tonic, thus it is easier to lose weight and avoid having a bloated stomach. Ginger also heals many digestion problems, it is  ideal for people who are going through chemotherapy, due to the fact that it  helps relieve nausea and heartburn. 

“Researchers found that participants who consumed ginger displayed greater levels of thermogenesis — the warming effect of energy produced by metabolising food in the body — and reported lower levels of hunger. While calling for further scientific studies on the topic, the researchers cautiously concluded that ginger could prove to be a helpful tool in managing and losing weight.”

You can also use ginger in cooking both in savoury and sweet recipes.

We will be discussing other remedies in the upcoming BODY DIY post. Watch out:)



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