At 50, Kelly Ripa maintains one of the most enviable figures in the entertainment industry. On top of her healthy eating and active lifestyle habits, apparently she also relies on nightly sips of turmeric and ginger tea to give her a fat-burning boost.
The talk show host’s bedtime beverage was shared by Dr. Daryl Gioffre, author of Get Off Your Sugar (Buy on Amazon, $16.15). He helped Ripa tame her sweet tooth and said that she “will drink a detox tea with turmeric, ginger, lemon, and black pepper at night to crush any cravings, and keep the body in a peak, strengthened state.”
Along with ridding Ripa of her sugar impulses, one study found that the curcumin in turmeric works to reduce the spread of fat throughout the body. “Weight gain is the result of the growth and expansion of fat tissue, which cannot happen unless new blood vessels form, a process known as angiogenesis,” Mohsen Meydani, DVM, PhD, lead author from Tufts University explains. “Based on our data, curcumin appears to suppress angiogenic activity in the fat tissue.”
Dr. Meydani’s team came to this conclusion after observing animals fed high-fat diets for 12 weeks. They were split into two groups with one receiving curcumin supplements and the other going without. “Curcumin appeared to be responsible for total lower body fat in the group that received supplementation,” said Meydani. They also noticed lower cholesterol and fatty liver levels in the subjects.
As for ginger, a comprehensive review of several studies showed that compounds called zingerone and shogaols within the root had promising results for higher fat-burning and lower fat storage benefits. Ginger can help melt away pounds on its own, but combining it with turmeric for a soothing tea will clearly pack an even more powerful punch!
You can buy pre-blended tea options like Great Value Organic Ginger Turmeric Herbal Tea (Buy at Walmart, $2.97). It’s also easy to mix up a brew yourself with about half a teaspoon of ground turmeric and ginger sprinkled into boiling water.
Either way, adding a squeeze of lemon and dash of ground pepper like Ripa to your mug will help amp up the fat-burning benefits, too. Lemon and other citruses are known for revving metabolism while pepper helps our body absorb turmeric’s perks better.
Follow Ripa’s routine of sipping a mug of this before bedtime and you can let it work its slimming magic while you sleep, too!
This article originally appeared on our sister site, First For Women.
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