Winter spices for health and vitality

Winter spices for health and vitality

It’s snuggle season and during this time of year, most people enjoy being indoors. It’s also the time when people seem to gain the most weight and get sick. But it doesn’t have to be. I’ve highlighted a few spices that will help trim your waistline and are really good for you!

Cinnamon is my “ish!” Without going into too much detail, Cinnamon, or Cinnamomum, comes from cinnamon tree bark. This spice is typically sold as Ceylon cinnamon (true cinnamon) or Cassia cinnamon (a variety of cinnamon). I am a big fan of cinnamon for its health benefits as an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and helps fight infection. It also decreases blood sugar levels, speeds up metabolism and lowers the Glycemic Index of many foods.

This yellow spice helps to reduce inflammation in a natural way which, when we’re talking about chronic diseases, is a big deal. This includes cancers, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, arthritis and more. Not to mention, turmeric is a powerful antioxidant protecting our bodies from free radicals.

I like to mix a teaspoon of cinnamon and turmeric powders in warm water and drink it first thing in the morning.

Sometimes I take ginger shots because it has high levels of antioxidants, even in as little as one teaspoon. Ginger is also good for your digestive system–think stomachaches, nausea, motion sickness–and reduces pain. Additionally, ginger is a good source of potassium and is good raw or in powder form.

Ginger shots:
1/2 lemon
1 large knob of ginger
* Optional: pinch of cayenne pepper

Peel outer layer of the ginger, then juice it. Squeeze the ½ a lemon into the ginger. Mix and drink. Three sips MAX! Chase with water to cool the burn if needed.

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