When starting a healthier lifestyle and looking for alternative ways to better your health, have you ever considered looking into spices that are actually good for you?  There are many of them that have positive health benefits attached to them (and cinnamon sprinkled on your extra large sized cinnamon bun isn’t what we mean here!).

Here are a few of those healthy spices and what they can do for you:

Cayenne Pepper – This is known as a spice with a zing to it. Many hot, spicy dishes contain cayenne pepper, so some tame tastebuds shy away from it.  But actually, you should embrace it and use it more often. It’s known to increase your fat burning metabolism so you help shed pounds by as much as 25%.

Ginger Ginger is well known for its ability to help people with their nausea.  It calms the stomach down and helps your acid reflux.  It’s good for helping women through the days of morning sickness during pregnancy and for the dreaded motion sickness that some sailors and cruise-ship travelers suffer from.

Cinnamon – This is an excellent spice to help aid in diarrhea attacks and in upset stomachs. It can also help boost your metabolism a little, which is why many people recommend sprinkling it on your oatmeal to help you rev up your body’s calorie-burning furnace for the day.

Garlic – Garlic can help keep your cholesterol levels in check and it can decrease your blood pressure. It’s also reported to be helpful to those who suffer diabetes.

Allspice – Allspice is another healthful spice. It’s a stimulant that can help relieve problems with indigestion and gas. 

Mustard – This is an excellent spice for those who suffer from respiratory problems.  It’s another stimulant that is a helpful aid in squashing respiratory ailments.

Peppermint – This is a pleasure-filled spice that is tasty and helps with insomnia.  As an added benefit, it can help with digestive disorders and also bouts of tension.

Turmeric – This is an antioxidant that defends against free radicals.  It makes for an added asset to fight off certain types of cancer.

Spices are more commonly known as methods used to liven up our food dishes. What most don’t realize is that there are certain spices that actually help you lead a healthy life while making your food taste good.  The next time you’re planning your dinner menu, think to yourself, “What can I be doing for my health when I spice up our favorite recipes tonight?”

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