Obesity, as we all know, is a global epidemic today. If we are to believe WHO statistics, the number of obese people has tripled since 1975. That’s a big jump!
It’s common knowledge that obese people are at a greater risk for developing diabetes, heart attacks, hypertension, stroke, bone/joint problems and whatnot.
On the psychological front, obese people are mmore susceptible to developing anxiety, stress, depression, eating disorders, and low-esteem.
In the middle of the hunt for more natural ways to fight this epidemic, it’s only fitting that we talk about one very specific herb hailing from the lands of Southeast Asia that could do wonders in helping you shed those extra pounds.
We’re talking about kratom!
Let’s take a look…
What is Kratom?
Kratom aka Mitragyna Speciosa has had a long and rich history of myriad therapeutic and medicinal usage dating back to the early 19th century. The folk medicine of Southeast Asia made heavy usage of this herb for its stimulanting, anti-diarrheal, analgesic, energizing, mood-enhancing, and appetite-suppressing properties.
Kratom grows in a variety of strains. The difference is based on the place they are grown and harvested from, the color of the veins, and the level of maturity at the time of harvest. The biggest strength of this herb comes from the presence of active compounds called alkaloids; 7-hydroxymitragynine and mitragynine being the most notable ones.
How Exactly Does Kratom Help To Shed Weight?
This alkaloid-rich plant is also supposed to carry properties that many believe might be helpful in shedding excess weight.
You also need to understand that kratom in itself is not a weight-loss supplement as such. Its functioning is mostly indirect in accomplishing weight-loss goals.
To better understand you need to know about these kratom effects –
- Stimulating/energy-boosting effects
We can all agree that lack of movement and lethargy are tied closely with weight gain and eventually obesity. Also, we do need a good amount of energy and motivation to sweat those extra pounds off in the gym or via other physical activities.
Kratom is particularly famous for its energizing and stimulating effects. That means you feel much more motivated to work out; not to mention it promotes blood circulation and metabolic processes.
More activity improves oxygen levels in the body helping you shed that stubborn fat more easily.
- Anxiolytic aka Anti-anxiety effects
A stressed and anxious mind is more likely to have cravings for unhealthy foods; sugar in particular. Such people also tend to develop eating disorders and binge-eat more frequently.
When you consume kratom, it makes you ‘feel good’ thanks to the release of happiness hormones like serotonin and endorphins (check out this clinical report). All those positive feelings will make you less susceptible to eating unhealthy stuff.
You feel more calm and relaxed which means you’re in a better mind frame to make healthier food choices. It also gets easier to fight the urge for unhealthy stuff.
- appetite-suppressing Effects of Kratom
Let it be known that in some users, kratom tends to have the exact opposite effects. Some kratom strains can make you excessively hungry while others will suppress your appetite. So, choose the right one accordingly.
The right kratom strain can help reduce your caloric intake by suppressing your appetite. Many opiate-based products tend to render this effect; kratom just does it in a more natural and controlled manner without causing harmful stomach issues.
- An overall improved sense of motivation
Most obese people find themselves lacking motivation which is much-needed to lead a healthier lifestyle and make healthy choices that are essential for keeping weight in check in the long run.
Kratom activates certain opioid receptors in the brain which instantly make you more optimistic about life and about taking charge of your health. Many find it easier to get things done effortlessly which may otherwise seem impossible to do.
These psychological effects of kratom cannot be discounted when talking about its efficacy in weight loss.
Best Kratom Strains for Weight Loss
1. Maeng Da Kratom
This one is supposed to carry a blend of highly potent alkaloids; thanks to the grafting technique involved in harvesting it. Maeng Da tends to offer long-lasting stimulating effects without the restlessness, muscle tremors, and/or jitters.
Good thing is – it’s available in all kinds of varieties from green, red, to white-vein. You can buy these off of The Golden Monk; an online kratom store. While white vein will improve your mood and cognitive functioning; red one will give you clarity and better focus. Green vein Maeng Da is popular for its analgesic and mild stimulating properties.
2. Thai Kratom
You can expect a combination of energizing, appetite-suppressing, and stimulating effects from Thai Kratom. Many find Thai Kratom effects to be more long-lasting than Maeng Da. Thai kratom is rich in 7-hydroxymitragynine, Mitraphylline, and Mitragynine alkaloids.
This one is again also available in three varieties: white, green, and red. Remember that Thai kratom is supposed to be the most potent of all so you may experience slight discomforts like tremors, restlessness, and jitters. Therefore, do consume it judiciously. Avoid the red one as it might make you sedated.
It’s important to mention that kratom is not monitored or regulated by the FDA. In fact, it is not yet approved by the FDA. Therefore, no seller will supply it with dosage instructions.
You will have to figure the dosage out on your own. This is where it gets tricky and also requires the utmost care and attention. Its overall effects will also largely depend on your tolerance levels, medical history, expectations, height, etc. Be aware as well that some state legislators, addiction advocates, and rehabs in New York argue that kratom is habit-forming and users should take care when ingesting the substance.
Different strains will have varying potency levels. Therefore, it’s also best to start with 2 grams if you’re a novice. You can slowly increase the intake and monitor the results to see at what dose you should stop.