Powerful Reasons To Use More Of Your Favorite Spices
By Kimmi Sterner
America is the most medicated country in the world. Got a problem? Don’t feel 100%? Go to the doctor and get a prescription for a “magic pill” that’s supposed to solve all of your problems.
Nature has given you all of the tools you need to help you heal and increase your chances for a long, healthy life. In fact, you’re most likely already on your way to naturally healing yourself.
Your favorite spices that you use in your everyday life have super powers – you might start to consider yourself a miracle worker!
Check out the magical powers of some of the most commonly used spices and a spooky recipe to help you experience their mystical abilities.
1. Suffering From Joint Pain?
With the cold creeping in on you (that is, if you don’t live in Southern California or any other season-less area), you might feel your joints start to feel a little achey.
If you’re nodding your head in agreement, add some more ginger to your diet. In fact, doctors recommend an increased consumption of ginger to help balance out the body and relieve joint pain in patients with rheumatoid arthritis.
Super Spice Recipe: Apple & Ginger Smoothie
2. Can’t Calm Down?
If you’re like me, the idea of any kind of haunted house or hayride cues an immediate feeling of anxiety. Or maybe you’re just feeling anxious because the stores are shoving Christmas down your throat before you even get to utter the words “Trick-or-Treat.”
Either way, adding a little tryptophan to your diet can help relieve anxiety. Tryptophan is the chemical that makes you feel calm and sleepy after eating all of that turkey on Thanksgiving. This calming chemical is found a few different spices – one being mustard seed. Add some mustard seed to your recipe to give a little spice.
Super Spice Recipe: Cauliflower with Melted Onions and Mustard Seed
3. Feeling Under the Weather?
There could be a serious reason as to why vampires stay away from garlic – it’s extremely powerful! Garlic is known to boost the function of the immune system. In fact, studies show that garlic can reduce your risk of getting a cold or shorten the length of time you suffer from a cold.
4. Need To Smile?
- 2 (3-pound) whole chickens
- 1 tbsp butter
- 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- ½ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper
- 40 garlic cloves, peeled
- 1 ¼ cups fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
- 1 cup dry white wine
- 24 (1/4-inch-thick) slices diagonally cut French bread baguette
- Chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley (optional)
- Remove and discard giblets and neck from chickens. Rinse chickens with cold water; pat dry. Trim excess fat; remove skin. Cut each chicken into 8 pieces. Combine butter and oil in a 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle salt and pepper evenly over chicken. Add half of chicken pieces to pan; cook 2 minutes on each side or until golden. Remove chicken from pan; keep warm. Repeat procedure with remaining chicken.
- Reduce heat to medium. Add garlic; cook 1 minute or until garlic begins to brown, stirring frequently. Arrange chicken on top of garlic. Add broth and wine; cover and cook 25 minutes or until chicken is done.
- Remove chicken from pan; keep warm. Increase heat to medium-high; cook 10 minutes or until liquid is reduced to about 1 cup. Serve sauce and garlic with chicken and bread. Garnish with chopped parsley, if desired.
Depression is taking our society by storm. If you’re feeling a little sad, it’s time to boost the chemicals in your brain that allow you to smile a little more – serotonin and dopamine.
Cocoa is the treat that will do the trick. No, this is not a license to demolish the bag of Snickers your co-worker brought to work or the bag of Reeses your children brought back from hours of strolling the streets. Add some natural cocoa into your diet to feel a little more joyful every day!
Helping yourself heal doesn’t have to be such a scary thing after all! Now you have four fun, simple ways to solve some of the most common health problems with your favorite spices. Share your favorite spices and The benefits you have reaped in the comments below!
Homemade Chocolate Bars
- ½ cup plus 1 tbsp cacao or cocoa powder
- 4 tbsp unrefined coconut oil, melted
- NuNaturals vanilla stevia drops to taste (If you'd prefer to use a liquid sweetener, such as agave or pure maple syrup, use this ratio instead: ¼ cup cocoa powder, ¼ cup coconut oil, 3 tbsp of your liquid sweetener.)
- Optional extracts, cocoa nibs, or other add-ins
- Optional 1 extra tbsp oil or water, if it needs to be thinner
- Combine coconut oil with the liquid sweetener or stevia drops (for the stevia version, I recommend NuNaturals because I find other brands to have an aftertaste).
- Stir, then add the cacao powder. Stir stir stir! Stir until it gets thick. Pour into any flat container (or candy molds or smush between layers of wax paper or in ziploc bags). Freeze until solid and store in the freezer.
- Once hardened, you can also opt to melt the bars again for chocolate sauce. Or chop them up for healthy 100% sugar-free chocolate chips! If you use the stevia option, these bars are sugar-free.
Kimmi Sterner is a 20-something newbie to Los Angeles and is currently working as a Fitness and Wellness Coordinator at UCLA, with years of teaching group fitness classes under her belt. A recent graduate with herMaster’s in Health Promotion from University of Mississippi, Kimmi is eager to provide knowledge, resources and inspiration to others, which fuels her fire and gives her purpose in life. She’s already making an impact on the world and through her words, she’s excited to expand her reach to help even more people here at Fitlife!
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