Spices are used all around the world for not just cooking but in stress ailments, for medical treatments and to sweeten the smell of a home. As summer is over and fall is beginning, bringing much more activity and busyness to our schedules, to keep you healthy through the fall and cold and flu season, try adding some healthy spices to your diet.
Ginger is not only great in salads and stirfrys but to help with a sore throat or stomach aches and nausea. Try grating and steeping some ginger and honey in your next cup of tea. Chinese doctors, amongst others, have even used ginger in helping to cure other aches and pains around the body.
Garlic is great to use in almost any meal. Many studies have reported that garlic can help lower blood pressure and bad cholesterol. The National Health and Medical Research Council reported that consuming up to one clove of garlic a day may reduce cholesterol by up to 10 percent.
If ginger and garlic are too strong tasting for your like, you may want to try cinnamon. Cinnamon has been used as a healing agent for centuries in parts of the world such as India and Asia. Clinical studies now are starting to report that consuming cinnamon can lead to lowered blood sugar as it works to improve insulin sensitivity within the body. If you are prone to bladder infections, drinking a cup of strong cinnamon tea within the first 48 hours of having symptoms just may help reduce the effects of a bladder infections or even stop it all together.
A little less known in the spice world is cardamom. This spice more commonly used in Indian dishes or curries is the main spice responsible for the flavor in Chai tea. It is widly known in Asia that this spice will help increase circulation and boost energy. As some parts of the Middle East consider this spice to be an aphrodisiac, it may also help with digestion, asthma and bronchitis.
Another spice more commonly used in curries is cumin. It is thought to boost the immune system, improve liver function and also aid in digestion.
You may also want to start taking an acai berry supplement. Research has shown that a supplement such as the acai berry may be able to provide you with a number of benefits.
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