The Spice of Life (and Your Health)

Making your own herbal remediesIf you’re going for a healthier lifestyle, you’re probably looking for alternative ways to better your health. Have you ever considered looking into spices that are actually good for you? There are many and they have positive health benefits that come along with the wonderful flavors.

Here are just a few healthy spices you should be sure you’re using:

Cayenne Pepper

The spice with a zing! Many hot, spicy dishes contain cayenne pepper, so some tame tastebuds shy away from it.

But actually, you should embrace it and use it more often. It’s known to increase your fat burning metabolism so you help shed pounds by as much as 25%. (More health info about Cayenne >>)

Ginger

Ginger is calming to your stomach… it’s well known for its ability to lessen the feeling of nausea.  It also helps soothe acid reflux.  It’s good for helping women through the days of morning sickness during pregnancy (I had it all day long for six months!).  It’s also excellent as an aide when suffering from motion sickness. (More about Ginger >>)

Cinnamon

An excellent spice to help aid in diarrhea attacks and upset stomachs. It can also help boost your metabolism a little, which is why many people recommend sprinkling it on your oatmeal to help you rev up your body’s calorie-burning furnace for the day.

Garlic

Garlic can help keep your cholesterol levels in check and it can decrease your blood pressure. It’s also reported to be helpful to those who suffer diabetes. (Garlic is nature’s antibiotic, learn more here >>)

Allspice

Allspice is another healthful spice. It’s a stimulant that can help relieve problems with indigestion and gas.

Mustard

This is an excellent spice for those who suffer from respiratory problems.  It’s another stimulant that is a helpful aid in squashing respiratory ailments.

Peppermint

This is a pleasure-filled spice that is tasty and helps with insomnia.  As an added benefit, it can help with digestive disorders and also bouts of tension. (Check out the full health benefits of Peppermint >>)

Turmeric

This is an antioxidant that defends against free radicals.  It makes for an added asset to fight off certain types of cancer.

Spices are more commonly known to liven up our foods. What most people don’t realize is that there are certain spices that actually help you lead a healthy life while making your food taste good.  The next time you’re planning your dinner menu, think to yourself, “What can I be doing for my health when I spice up our favorite recipes tonight?”

I’m working on updating the “Herbal Cafe” but there are some great recipes already there.

When you use spices, do you ever think about the health benefits they provide?
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Comments

  1. Oooh … an herbal cafe? That’s terrific, Deb!

    People think I’m nuts but I always add a dash of cinnamon to my coffee. I’ve had G.I. tract problems for what feels like a century and the cinnamon really helps. It adds a great flavor, too, and I appreciate the little boost it gives my metabolism. At my age, any kind of boost is wonderful! 🙂

    Thanks for filling me in on lots of other spices and how they help to improve your health.

    Very interesting info!
    Melanie
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    • Hi Melanie,

      Actually that sounds delicious! Small portions regularly really do help. And believe me, any kind of boost is wonderful these days. LOL.

      Thanks for adding to the conversation, my friend.

  2. Hi Deb , Interesting article. I do use some of those spices, but need to get more creative after I move house next week. I love Ginger – in fact just north of where I live is where ginger is grown – I think this area grows more ginger than anywhere in the world and we are more likely to use it fresh, or ginger with honey, ginger marmalade, or ginger cordial. Love it in cooking though, especially Asian dishes.

    Great site. Di

    • Hi Di, I’ve never had ginger marmalade… that sounds yummy! Thanks for letting me know about it, I’ll have to try it.

      Thanks for your comment. Best wishes!

  3. Deb, the more I read about herbs and spices, the more convinced I am that our ancestors really knew what they were doing when they used these. How different would the U.S. health be if we still used the old ways and relied less on pharmaceutical drugs to “make us better?” I’m not saying all drugs are bad, but our reliance on them (I use “our” in the collective sense, not about you and me) has damaged this country’s health for decades to come. I definitely need to cook at home more, although that’s never been my favorite thing to do. 🙂
    Lisbeth Tanz recently posted..Garden as Business Metaphor

    • Indeed Lisbeth! How different would our health be! Just consider how antibiotics aren’t as effective because they are over prescribed (and in our meats). Ugh.

      You’ve hit on exactly why I got into natural remedies and nutrition for health.

      Thanks so much for stopping by and adding to the conversation here.

      Happy cooking! LOL