As the weather gets colder and gloomier, you may suffer from frequent colds and low mood. Warm up your body and spirit by adding some hearty herbs and spices to your food and drinks on a regular basis. These herbs and spices support the digestive system as well as enhance the immune system. You can beat the winter blues by feeding your body nutrient dense foods. Let food be thy medicine and eat according to the season. Incorporate the following in your winter diet now!
Ginger spices everything up by boosting the immune system, stimulating digestion, fighting nausea and morning sickness, and warming the body. It improves circulation and has anti-inflammatory properties. Since ginger can be enjoyed raw or cooked, it can be added to drinks and smoothies or cooked in soups and stir-fry.
The antimicrobial and antioxidant properties in garlic helps to support the immune system in fighting colds and flu. Garlic is highly nutritious containing vitamins and minerals. It reduces blood pressure and improves circulation which warms up your body nicely. It can be used in stir-fry, marinade, dips and more.
Black pepper supports digestion and warms up the body by increasing circulation. These popular peppercorns help to fight winter blues and provides antioxidants. It reduces nasal congestion and thus can help to relieve cold and flu symptoms. It can be used in sauces and liberally used in all kinds of cooking.
The flavour of cloves is strong so are the benefits provided by such a warming spice. It improves digestion and decreases inflammation. It supports colds and flu recovery and provides antioxidants. A little goes a long way and it can be used in broths, cooking and baked goods.
Nutmeg promotes digestion like the rest of the warming herbs and boosts circulation. It is rich in minerals and supports sleep. It acts as a brain tonic and supports detoxification. A small amount of such spice provides aroma and enhances the taste of beverages. Try using it in sauces and baked goods as well.
Cinnamon is another star warming herb that provides many health benefits. It improves circulation and balances blood sugar. It aids digestion as well as decreases inflammation. This highly versatile spice can be used in all sorts of beverages from coffee to tea to smoothies. It can be added to soups and stews as well as to desserts.
Consult your healthcare provider if you have allergies and health concerns. Naturopathic doctors can assess your health status and test for food sensitivities including herbs/spices. Feel free to book in with me and take charge of your health today!