Thermogenic supplements are intended to increase the metabolism, thus helping our body’s to burn more calories. Thermogenics can be either stimulants or non-stimulants. The stimulants include such supplements as ephedra (ma-hung) and caffeine (green tea, yerba mate, guarana, and others.) These stimulants can increase the heart rate and blood pressure and are not recommended for consumption. Other thermogenics simply help to increase the number of calories your body uses. They are much safer than the stimulants and can help with the energy out side of the equation.

Kelp/Bladderwrack – These seaweed plants contain high levels of iodine. Iodine is a trace mineral that can stimulate the thyroid gland. The thyroid gland controls the body’s metabolism and when stimulated can increase the amount of energy our body expends on a daily basis. It is recommended that these products not be taken on a long-term basis, as there is a risk of overstimulating the thyroid gland.

Grapefruit – Grapefruit supplements contain compounds that help the body to burn fat.

Bitter-orange – Bitter orange contains the active ingredient synephrine. Synephrine is a selective stimulant as opposed to caffeine and ephedra, which are nonselective. Synephrine generally causes an increase in blood pressure, but does not have some of the other side effects associated with stimulants such as increased heart rate and anxiety. Though safer than other stimulants, it would be wise to consult a health care provider before using bitter-orange.

Apple cider vinegar- Though the mechanism is unclear, apple cider vinegar remains a popular weight-loss supplement. Many speculate that it helps the body burn calories. Others feel that it can provide balance to the body’s pH, thus helping to maintain an optimal physical state.



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