Instantly Improve Your Diet with these 3 Spices
From your favourite Trendy Fit columnist: Steph
Spice is the little bit of magic that we add in all factors of our life. You can spice up your food, spice up your home décor, even spice up your love life. BUT that’s a whole different article. Today we talk about the benefits of adding spice in your kitchen.
Adding spice in your diet (and your kitchen!) can give you that extra boost you may need in many areas of your health. Spice is one of those ingredients available that pack so many added benefits beyond adding flavour to your cooking. Something as simple as a sprinkle in your morning coffee can help to speed your metabolism for the day! Today is all about 3 little spices you need to have in you kitchen and what you can add them to, to help improve many areas of your health and wellness.
First, try turmeric. Turmeric is the spice that gives curry its yellow colour. This power spice contains an active ingredient known as curcumin, which is now linked to a possible cancer fighter. With its high anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, the power ingredient, curcumin within turmeric has also been linked to preventing Type 2 diabetes, heart attacks, and improving brain health.
Consider adding it to your stir fries, soups, or even omelettes to reap its many benefits. FYI – It’s also recommended to increase your black pepper intake to help you absorb all the greatness this spice holds.
Next we have cumin. This spice is also known for its anti-inflammatory abilities but is so much more then a copycat of turmeric. Cumin is also helpful to aid in digestion (one of my fav’s), improve your immunity, treat insomnia and respiratory disorders as well as help with treatment of cancer. This spice has the ability to boost your overall health by simply introducing it regularly into your cooking. Try adding cumin to your “Mexican-inspired” meals like tacos, meat rubs, or even in your chili.
Finally, there is cinnamon. Not only does this spice SMELL wonderful, it actually is wonderful. Just one teaspoon of cinnamon packs as much antioxidant potency as a half cup of blueberries, and cinnamon’s natural antimicrobial (an agent that helps kill bacteria and microorganisms) properties have been shown to fight strains of E. coli, as well as Candida yeast. Cinnamon has also proven to improve heart health, protect against diabetes, and improve brain health and cognitive functioning. Add a sprinkle into your coffee, yogurt, oatmeal, soups, roasted veggies or anything you can think of!
The research on using spices to improve your overall health is incredibly extensive. There is an overwhelming amount of information out there on the benefits and also the uses of these power spices that you can help yourself to. If you saw something here today that caught your attention, I encourage you to dig much deeper into it as you continue on with your health and wellness journey.
Let’s get spicey!
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