Many people don’t know that there are spices that can help you live healthier, lose weight, as well as being infused with vitamins and antioxidant rich. One spice that is a must in any healthy kitchen is cinnamon, which can lower blood sugar, triglycerides, LDL’s, and cholesterol. You can reap many of these benefits by just having a teaspoon each day and it makes a perfect addition to oatmeal, sprinkled on dry cereal, fruit and even brewed into your coffee or tea for a cinnamony taste.
Garlic is the powerhouse of spices and in my opinion goes with just about anything. You can make it with a touch of olive oil and thyme and spread it on your whole wheat French bread. You can cut it up in thin slides and add it to any stir fry or stuff whole cloves into rolled chicken and other baked meals, or add to your favorite soup. Garlic fights off a number of serious diseases, can destroy cells that can lead to cancer as well as stop the spread of tumor cells. It also boosts your overall immune system to help stop a variety of illnesses including viral infections.
Most dried herbs and spices are only a few calories, and even zero per teaspoon, and many of them including Paprika and Parsley are loaded with vitamins as well as iron and calcium which we need to be healthy and avoid anemia and osteoporosis. Like garlic, many dried herbs also have antioxidant's that can boost your immune system and stop the growth of cancer cells. Mint can help counter gas and nausea, sage can enhance antibiotics in your body, thyme has been used to relieve overall body cramps and oregano works as an antiseptic.
The health benefits of some herbs and spices have yet to be backed up by extensive scientific study but most medical experts have seen the connection between spices and health through their patients that have improved their health by adding nutrition rich spices to their diet in their efforts to lose weight. It’s also a fantastic alternative to salt and sugar in our foods. Most countries have been using spices for centuries often leading long and healthy lives, well into their 90’s and 100's.
Being in better health and losing unhealthy pounds means more energy, vitality, self confidence and more. The right spices and herbs are not only low calories; they make your food taste more appealing and increase your overall health and vitality. So start today…Add a little spice to your life!
By: Kendrick Ribeiro
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