Drinking Fennel Seed Water for Weight Loss
What Is Fennel Seed Water?
Fennel seed water is simply water infused with fennel seeds. Infusing can be done either by immersing the seeds in hot water or by steeping them overnight in cool water. The infused water has a light golden colour, smells fresh and clean, and the taste is not bad at all! In the beginning, I did find the taste weird but I got used to it quickly!
Fun fact: Fennel seeds have a mild licorice flavor, so it leaves a sweet taste in your mouth. They're a naturally potent breath freshener!
In this article, you will learn how to make a large batch of fennel seed water so that you can sip it throughout the day. I found out about this kind of water a couple of months ago, but I only decided to write about it after I tested it out myself. It's a time-tested, ancient herbal remedy that is prescribed in Ayurvedic medicine as a treatment for obesity.
These seeds are tiny powerhouses of detoxifying and metabolism-boosting nutrients. They are rich in vitamins as well as minerals, as shown in the nutrition facts table later in the article.
Did You Know?
- The scientific name for fennel is Foeniculum vulgare var. dulce.
- In Hindi, fennel is called saunf.
- This perennial herb belongs to the parsley family, which also includes anise, caraway, cumin, and dill.
- The seeds, flowers, leaves, and stems all contain nutritional and medical benefits and are used in cuisines around the world.
Fennel Water Recipe for Weight Loss
Making fennel water is a simple task that doesn't require any complicated procedures.
Let's get right into the recipe. In my experience, there are two types of preparation:
- Brewing the seeds in boiling water and allowing it to cool.
- Overnight steeping.
How to Make Fennel Seed Water (Hot Brew Method)
- 1 liter or quart distilled water
- 2 tablespoons raw fennel seeds
- In a deep pan, bring the quart of water to a boil. You can boil the water in your kettle, too, and transfer it to a pot.
- When the water starts bubbling, toss in the fennel seeds and immediately switch off the heat.
- Cover the pot with a lid and allow tea to cool to room temperature.
- Once it cools, your fennel water is ready! All you have to do is to transfer it into your glass jar or bottle and drink throughout the day.
- If you want to make a larger batch, simply double the recipe. Store in the fridge if you don't have time to make a fresh batch everyday.
Fennel boosts the metabolism, which will help you to burn fat more quickly.
- If possible, use distilled water.
- For extra aroma, roast the fennel seeds in a pan until they give off a sweet, toasted scent (about 20 seconds of toasting on a heated pan is needed).
- For beginners, consider starting out with a smaller dose of seeds by using half the amount in the recipe. Work your way up as you get used to it.
How to Make Fennel Water (Overnight Brewing Method)
Lately I have preferred this method. It nice to have the water ready in the morning, when I'm in a rush to head out the door. Also, it doesn't involve applying heat, so the nutrients in the seeds are not destroyed. This method also requires fewer utensils so I have less washing up to do!
- Get a glass jar, add in 2 tablespoons of raw fennel seeds and fill with 1 quart or liter of distilled water.
- Cover with a lid or screwtop.
- At first the seeds will float on the top, but by morning they will be engorged with water and will have sunk to the bottom.
How Much Should I Drink?
As with all things, drinking fennel water should be done in moderation.
- Follow the recipe given and make one batch of 1 litre or 4 cups per day. Sip throughout the day. Take your weight loss on a day-by-day basis.
- If you are worried about any adverse symptoms, begin with one cup of fennel water per day and see how you react to it. You can the build up to 4 cups per day gradually.
- Always consult your health care practitioner.
How Fennel Water Helps You Lose Weight
- It increases metabolism. Metabolism refers to the rate at which our cells use up energy from the food we eat. By boosting metabolism, calories in food are burned off faster in the body, aiding in fat loss.
- It is a natural appetite suppressant. Thinking of purchasing artificial appetite suppressing tablets? Drink fennel water instead. Even chewing on the seeds helps naturally quell appetite.
- The seeds are said to aid in blood purification. Fennel seed water may help clear out excess uric acid in the blood stream and break down bile. It promotes digestion of fats in the liver as well.
- The water may help to detoxify the body. In today's world, we are bombarded with toxins from every angle, from car exhaust fumes to cosmetic products. This drink helps flush out the toxins in the blood stream via the kidneys.
- It is a mild stimulant. This infused water can help you keep alert and awake, without caffeine! Sipping the water throughout the day can help you keep alert and awake, giving you just enough motivation to get up and exercise, without the usual caffeine crash.
- An anti-spasmodic effect. The anti-spasmodic effect of fennel helps suppress hunger pangs by relaxing the stomach muscles that produce the sensation. This can help you intake less calories and lose excess weight.
- It may stimulate melatonin. Melatonin is a natural hormone produced in the brain by the pituitary gland, which is responsible for regulating sleep. A good night's sleep of 6-8 hours is crucial for healthy weight loss and maintenance.
Nutritional Benefits of Fennel Seeds
Nutrient in Fennel
Helps with weight management and easing PMS symptoms. Helps maintain bone strength and prevents high blood pressure and diabetes
Important for muscle strength, relaxes your nervous system, promotes better sleep, and improves flexibility
Strengthens bones and teeth, boosts energy, promotes healthy digestion, and produces protein
Crucial mineral for building cells, important for physically active people, and promotes mental well-being
Strengthens eye health, rich in anti-oxidants, and replenishes body cells
Wards off common colds, strengthens the immune system, and important for prenatal health
The insoluble fiber content increases the bulk of food in the digestive system by absorbing water, stimulates the bowels, and relieves constipation
Uses in Traditional Medicine
Fennel seeds have been used by people since antiquity for a wide range of ailments, including respiratory, digestive, and even reproductive disorders. For an excellent overview of the health benefits, read this study conducted at the National Institute for Research in Reproductive Health in Mumbai, India.
Some women use fennel to increase the flow of breast milk.
More Ways to Use Fennel Seeds
- 6 Ayurvedic Spices for a Happy Gut
In Ayurveda there are six digestive spices that have been used for thousands of years with incredible success. They are fennel, coriander, cumin, cardamom, turmeric and ginger.
It's best to consult your health care practitioner before undertaking any new healthcare regimen, especially if you have any known adverse health conditions or allergies.
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