Can You Lose Weight With Betel Leaves (Paan)?
Chewing the paan post meal is a very common Indian practice. It is more like a mouth freshener and that is why special occasions like marriages always have the paan decorated royally! And then there are other people who chew the paan daily out of habit. Now, who would have imagined that Pan or betel leaves could be helpful in assisting in weightloss…. here we have some good news that you can lose weight with betel leaves (Paan)?
Chewing the paan or betel leaf has an array of health benefits and one of them is weight loss! Yes, you can lose weight by chewing the betel leaf. You just got to combine it with pepper and the mixture becomes an able weight loss tool that shows results in just 8 weeks. Eager to know about it, right? Read on….
How betel leaf combined with pepper helps in weight loss?
Betel leaves are known to aid proper digestion. In one study it has been found that chewing the betel leaf helps in speeding up one’s metabolism and aids in preventing acidity by increasing the quantity of mucous in the stomach. This way it protects the lining of the stomach from the ill effects of gastric acids. Betel leaves begin working on digestion as soon as you start chewing them. They increase the secretion of saliva in the mouth and signal the stomach to prepare itself to digest the food consumed. Betel leaves also help in getting rid of toxins in the stomach and also alleviates constipation due to its fibre content. According to Ayurveda, betel leaves help in reducing body fat and this helps in speeding up the process of weight loss.
Now, let us talk about pepper. Pepper has phytonutrients and pepperin in it that helps in the breakdown of fat and the proper assimilation of all the nutrients present in the food you consume. The piperine content in it, makes it a great digestive aid. It stimulates taste buds so that they signal the stomach to secrete more hydrochloric acid that helps in digesting proteins and other stuff in the stomach. When food is left undigested in the stomach it leads to indigestion, flatulence, acidity, constipation and diarrhoea. Black pepper is also known to promote sweating and increasing washroom visits. Both are great ways of getting rid of excess water and toxins from the body.
Here is how you got to use betel leaf and black pepper for weight loss:
Take one betel leaf (it should be green and tender) and add 5 pepper corns to it. Now just fold it all up and chew it. Yes, the pepper may be too strong for you in the beginning but keep chewing it or keep it in your mouth and allow the saliva to carry the juice of pepper corns and betel leaf to the stomach. You are supposed to have this on an empty stomach every morning for a period of 8 weeks.
Make sure that the betel leaves you purchase are tender and fresh. Leaves that are yellowish or slightly old tend to lose their medicinal value. Don’t consume leaves that are rotting (that turn black) as it could upset your stomach.
So, happy paan chewing!! I am sure you will head to the nearest store to buy fresh paan leaves. Isn’t it a really easy way of losing weight? However, if you have an existing medical condition, do consult your doctor before trying this treatment.