June 18, 2020
The cooler months naturally have us reaching for warmer, spicy foods. Not only do they warm us up and make us feel good, they host a whole wealth of benefits for our immune system.
Immune health is extremely important these days, especially as we roll into cold and flu season. With tougher restrictions and guidelines for school, work and childcare, staying healthy keeps us active in our day to day life and protects others from getting sick as well.
Here are our top 5 suggestions for winter spices to spice up your life!
1). Tumeric: we all know that tumeric is a bit of a super spice that nearly lives in a category of its own. The anti-cancer properties make it a staple for the health conscious foodies diet. But what about our day-to-day health?
Tumeric is an anti-inflammatory and helps boost your body's antioxidant capacity, and it also helps ease some gut discomfort.
2) Ginger: the king of anti nausea! Ginger is a superpower when it comes to gastro and tummy upset. It also has some pretty fancy natural chemicals that target cold viruses along with some pretty solid antimicrobial compounds.
3) Cayenne Pepper: this spicy guy certainly wakes up your tastebuds and adds some kick to whatever it touches. It also is a powerful guy in terms of your gut health. Killing off gastrointestinal pathogens. Loaded with Vitamin A, its immune-boosting and beta carotene (antioxidant) make this one a keeper.
4) Garlic: not only does garlic make everything taste better, it also helps kick the common cold according to some studies. It helps boost your body's natural antioxidant response so reducing that dangerous oxidative stress.
Permission for extra garlic tonight has been granted.
5) Cinnamon: last but definitely not least, cinnamon. Cinnamon fights off infections, inflammation and assists in healing damaged tissues. This guys isn't just for your chai lattes anymore.
Stay healthy, friends!
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