By Fakeha Anis
Devouring on nutritious food is the key to start your day on a healthy note. What we consume in the morning determines our energy levels throughout the day, improves metabolism and manages weight. In fact, there are several drinks which when consumed on an empty stomach in the morning helps in losing weight (of course, alongside some healthy diet and exercise). Mainly, these drinks boost the metabolic rate, thereby speeding up the process of weight loss.
Let’s have a quick look at these drinks:
- Pineapple juice
Pineapple contains an enzyme known as bromelain which helps in reducing the swelling (inflammation) and enhancing the process of digestion. Pineapple has also been proven to relieve the symptoms of colitis, which causes inflammation in the bowel resulting in bloating and dehydration. Adding Cinnamon to it help in reducing the appetite.
- Ginger and lemon juice
Ginger improves the digestive health, reduces bloating and heals the gut. It accelerates the movement of food through the gastrointestinal tract. It stimulates the taste buds and increases the flow of digestive juices for better digestion. Lime juice contains vitamin C and powerful antioxidants which improve immunity and regulate body weight. It acts as a detoxifying agent and contains pectin fibres which decrease digestion of starch and improves gut health.
- Green tea with mint
Green tea contains caffeine which acts as a stimulant for the body to burn fats and improves the energy levels of the body. It also contains catechins, a type of antioxidant which aid in weight loss by mobilizing fat. Mint improves digestive health. It stimulates the digestive juices in the body, which helps in proper absorption of nutrients from food.
- Coffee with dark chocolate
Coffee contains caffeine which increases metabolic rate and improves energy levels of the body. Higher energy levels in the body suppress appetite. Coffee also has chlorogenic acid which aids in weight loss. Dark chocolate gives a feeling of fullness for a longer time, thereby curbing the regular cravings. It is packed with monounsaturated fatty acids which boost metabolism and help in burning the fats in the body.
- Plain warm water
A cup of warm water in the morning helps in cleaning the entire body by flushing of the toxins. It improves the digestion process, bowel movements and treats constipation. It improves metabolism by increasing the body temperature and aids in burning calories at a higher rate. It produces a soothing effect on the abdominal muscles. A teaspoon of wheatgrass, if added, has miraculous effects on hair and skin health.