5 Delightful Reasons To Add THIS To Your Diet (Curb Your Appetite, Relieve Nausea & More!)

By Alexa Sooter | 2 December 2019 207 views
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If you’ve been out to eat in any diner across America, you’ve come across the after-dinner mint… Tiny discs of sugary peppermint that are meant to clear your breath and settle your upset stomach if you’ve eaten too much. 

But emerging studies and long-standing home-spun wisdom says that peppermint might be able to do more than that. In fact, mint has been used as a medicine for thousands of years.

But peppermint—a hybrid of spearmint and water mint—was not considered its own plant until the late 1800s. That is part of why research into peppermint’s benefits have been so slow in coming.

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There have been some studies, however. And it seems that the humble peppermint plant may have some very important uses!

Here are 5 of my favorite health benefits of peppermint:

1) Peppermint May Relieve Nausea

As with all of peppermint’s benefits, there are still relatively few studies on how the plant impacts nausea… and not all of the studies support the connection. But for many years, people around the world have turned to mint when their stomachs are upset.

Most people seem to find inhaling the steam of mint tea to be the best delivery method. Essential oils applied to the skin also help… though applying the oil without a more sensitive carrier oil might irritate your skin.

And, of course, you can always add mint to a warm bath for a one-two punch of relief.

2) Peppermint May Relieve Some IBS Symptoms

Irritable Bowel Syndrome—better known as IBS—is a cluster of symptoms that can turn even a simple meal into a minefield. Gas, bloating, and nausea are common side effects among other, more disruptive ones. 

Scientists are still studying the plant’s full effect… but it seems that peppermint can help reduce inflammation and spasms.

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These symptoms are both part of what makes IBS so disruptive. As a result, capsules of ground peppermint may help relieve symptoms like gas and bloating.

The exact dose will take some time to nail down, as this benefit is still largely unexplored. But starting with one before or with breakfast may help!

3) Peppermint Can Ease Bad Breath

There is a reason that most toothpaste is mint-flavored. Peppermint is antibacterial. So, when you use a product with peppermint oil in it… you’re killing off the germs that cause bad breath.

Bad breath might not be your biggest problem if you want to lose weight… but it will probably become an issue if you choose the keto diet or intermittent fasting as your weight loss plan. 

Both options put your body into a state of ketosis, which is when your body burns fat for energy instead of carbohydrates.

Ketosis is a great way to remove fat stores from your body. But it can also lead to keto breath, thanks to the way your body breaks down stored fats.

When this happens, drinking or swishing peppermint tea can help improve your breath. Just be sure and leave out the sugar. Sugar will knock your body out of ketosis!

4) Peppermint Can Help Curb Your Appetite

Although most people tend to eat peppermints after dinner… some studies suggest you may want to eat your mint before your meal. These studies found that smelling and tasting peppermint prior to eating led people to eat less.

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Since it acts as an appetite suppressant, peppermint might also help if you’re trying to fast. If you feel the urge to snack in the middle of your fast, peppermint tea (minus the milk and sugar) can help curb your cravings without breaking your fast.

You can also check out this article for more information on how to maintain a healthy fast.

5) Peppermint May Lower Androgen Levels

As mentioned earlier, peppermint is a hybrid of spearmint and water mint. Because of this, it might have some of spearmint’s androgen-lowering properties.

You might not be familiar with androgen. This is because androgen is one of the less well-known hormones in our body.

It usually appears in tandem with testosterone. Although this isn’t a problem in men… it can spell trouble for women with PCOS. Higher androgen levels usually mean higher levels of cortisol, which causes your body to store fat.

Drinking a few cups of spearmint or peppermint tea each day can help reduce your androgen levels. And if you have PCOS—or another form of endocrine imbalance—this can lead to sustained long-term weight loss.

The Takeaway

Even if you’re not a fan of herbal teas, you might want to make peppermint tea a permanent part of your pantry. Studies are still ongoing… but there’s already enough evidence to prove that peppermint can be an amazing ally in your weight loss journey. 

Plus, it has plentiful health benefits that go far beyond helping you lose weight!

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If tea is not your thing and you choose to go with peppermint oil capsules, be sure to stick to the dosages on the label. Peppermint is handy, but the oil can be toxic if taken in very high quantities.

Peppermint essential oil or extract can also be used in cooking… or you can use the essential oil topically or aromatically.

So long as you follow the instructions, peppermint is the perfect easy addition to your routine. It’s such a small addition that could make a huge impact!

RECIPE: These “Slimming” Peppermint Fudge Brownies Are Surprisingly Good For You (And Taste Amazing!)…

Now that you know all the amazing things peppermint can do for your body… I figured I’d make it even more fun by sharing one of my favorite peppermint-forward treat recipes with you. 🙂

I’m a big fan of boosting my health with brownies. (My new favorite superfood… and way more fun than yet another salad…) 

These brownies are by far my favorite dessert to make in the wintertime…. Because not only do they taste like a York peppermint patty in brownie form…

But they’re secretly SUPER healthy too!

They call on almond flour in place of all-purpose (for fewer carbs and less inflammation)…

Unsweetened cacao powder (for less sugar, more antioxidants, and major chocolatiness)…

And almost a full cup of chocolate chips. (Let’s be honest—you can never have enough chocolate!)

And while the original recipe calls for 2 tsp of vanilla extract… I actually like to sub in peppermint extract instead, for the added health benefits.

The best part is they’re ready in <1 hour!

For me, it’s a form of torture to have to wait… and wait… and wait… while I’m being tantalized by the chocolate scent filling my home as they bake, so the sooner, the better! Just click the link below to get the recipe for yourself:

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