Spice Up Your Immune System
By Sara Butler
Cold and flu season is here is full force, so it’s time to start thinking about how you can support a healthy immune system – if you already haven’t. Most people take the time in the winter months to make sure they’re getting enough Vitamin C, but did you know that spices can be very healthy for you too? Keeping your spice rack stocked can have a very positive impact on your health. Here are a few of the ways spices can do wonders for your health and wellness.
They Make Food Taste Good
Many people don’t want to eat “healthy” food because they think it’s too bland. The truth is that healthier food can taste bland because it’s not packed with sugar and fat. But instead of avoiding foods that are healthy but too bland for your taste buds, spice it up! Adding spices in healthy dishes can make them just as tasty as the bad stuff. Plus, adding spice is a great strategy for long-term healthy eating for life.
Most people add salt to food in order to add taste. But too much sodium can cause health issues, such as high blood sugar. Plus, it’s really easy to go overboard with the salt shaker. Research has shown that adding spices to foods can replace the salt and have you taking in less salt each day on average than not adding spices.
Food that is well seasoned will taste better and help to boost your metabolism, helping you to feel satisfied for longer after you eat. Red pepper flakes have been found increase feelings of satiety. If you’re feeling full and satisfied, then you’re less likely to reach for a snack later that may or may not be so healthy.
Reduce Risk Factors
Healthy eating strategies help you to maintain a healthy weight, which is a great way to protect your heart against heart disease. But spices themselves may have benefits to the health of your heart. Some research has shown that adding spices to even meals high in fat helps to lower post-meal triglyceride and insulin levels. So, watch what you eat but understand that spices might help!
The Best Spices
If you’re not sure where to start, stock up on and use these spices in your meals to help support a healthy immune system:
- Cayenne pepper
So, get on the road to improved health and wellness with a little spice today!
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