Have you ever thought about adding super spices to your daily diet? Super spices are like super foods- many healing properties to help you live well. Spices have been around for centuries to help heal bodies of disease (cancer), Spices aren’t just for cooking and to make the house smell wonderful, but to keep the body thriving.
Here are four super spices to start incorporating into your food and life!
If there is just one super spice to put on your list, make this the one. Curcumin is the root of turmeric and it’s what gives turmeric its vibrant yellow color. Besides being a fantastic post-workout recovery food, it helps to reduce inflammation, is a very powerful antioxidant to fight cancer, promote heart health, helps with autoimmune illnesses, and a 2009 study even showed that taking curcumin daily was more effective than ibuprofen. Turmeric is a powerful COX-2 inhibitor without harsh side effects from pharmaceutical drugs. Have inflammation? Want to heal the body? Take turmeric and curcumin daily.
How to use:
Because of it’s delicate nature, refrain from heating it (i.e. cooking) but simply sprinkle on food post-cooking just like you would salt and pepper. I personally sprinkle it on all savory meals (brown rice & beans, quinoa & bok choy). You could also sprinkle it on eggs. Aim for at least a teaspoon. You can also make a shot with it. Combine 1 teaspoon of Simply Organic turmeric powder with 6oz of raw, organic, cold-pressed juice and mix well together. Drink and then add additional water and drink till glass is clear. And always make sure it is organic too!
Bottom line: if you have aches and pains and just want a healthy body, start putting some turmeric on your food!
Another one of my favorite spices is cinnamon! Cinnamon has been proven over and over again to be a nutritional superspice. It helps fight diseases like cancer, Alzheimer's, diabetes, and Parkinson's, promotes strong cardiovascular health, super strong antioxidant to fight off free radicals. Cinnamon also helps keep insulin stable so blood sugar stays controlled. Great news for pre-diabetics or those with diabetes.
How to use:
Use raw as much as possible. Sprinkle on a warm bowl of steel cut oats, mix a little with sunflower butter+raw honey+banana+ginger, add to the top of your sweet potato. Make sure you use Ceylon Cinnamon vs commercial cinnamon (cassia)
Bottom line: for optimal health, start finding ways to use this super spice in the foods you eat!
This superspice is like a sister to the previous one. Can you smell the gingerbread? Ginger is great for helping upset stomachs, digestive issues, and can even help manage pain like menstrual cramps, migraines, and muscle pains (like after a workout!) Also a COX inhibitor ginger helps keep inflammation at bay. Most people have inflammation so incorporating ginger into your diet is a great thing to add.
How to use:
Use raw, organic ginger, grate fresh ginger over food, slice fresh fresh ginger and mix with warm water for a soothing, quick tea. Sprinkle over breakfast foods (steel cut oats) combine with cinnamon for a double effect of super spice!
Bottom line: Ginger isn't just good for baking, it's good for your health.
And the last one on the list is cayenne. This super spice has also been used since ancient times and contains a host of health benefits such as heartburn, fever, circulation, heart health, teeth & gum health, and sore throats. It also helps the body detoxify. Cayenne helps to combat flu and colds, relieves gas, aids in digestion and chronic problems. It has also shown to help with migraines, joint pain, fight off cancer. And the last benefit? Boosts metabolism! Who doesn't want that?!
How to use:
I make a cocktail every morning that includes about a ¼ teaspoon of this super spice. You can also use it in soups, savory dishes, egg dishes, in sauteés.
Bottom line: making super spices a part of your daily diet is a smart, healthy thing to do.
I make sure I get these 4 superspices into my diet daily. In fact I’ll travel with these four superspices and also use them during races. I don’t take NSAID’s (or any harmful pharmaceutical drugs for that matter) so I use natural forms of anti-inflammatories such as turmeric & curcumin.
Bonus: I would be remiss not to mention raw GARLIC as a super spice too. A great source of Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, manganese, its fantastic for heart health, anti-inflammatory, antiviral (natural flu & cold fighter!), antibacterial, and helps to prevent cancer. Avoid powdered garlic and instead chop up a little organic garlic and add to your savory dishes. You can also throw whole cloves of garlic into soup, stew, egg dishes and other savory foods.
Your turn! Do you incorporate these super spices in your diet? If not, will you start?
Cover photo credit: Casie Goodwin