Herbals & Spices
In this section of Seattle Organic Restaurants I'm going to talk about advantages of herbals and spices! Sometimes changing your eating habits are difficult due to many factors, such as our jobs, commuting hours, lunch at desk, busy lifestyle, and other reason. But you can simply change a few easily doable eating habits which will ensure that your body is getting needed critical nutrients to fight your diabetes, stroke, heart disease , cancer, and depression. Add herbs and spices to your food.
Without increasing calories to your food, you can add herbs and spices and take advantage of all the medicinal benefits, as well as flavor, to your meals. Spices in particular are nutrient dense and have thermogenic properties, meaning that they naturally increase your body's metabolism which can ultimately increase your body's fat burning, both from fat content in your meals as well as stored fat in your body. Adding spices also has the extra advantage of allowing you to reduce or even eliminate adding salt for taste. Some of the best herbs and spices are listed below:
1. Cinnamon. Studies suggest that cinnamon may improve blood-glucose levels by increasing a person's insulin sensitivity and significantly lower blood-glucose levels. Other studies have also suggested that it improved blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels, since insulin plays a key role in regulating fats in the body. Cinnamon and cayenne pepper are known for their obesity-fighting capabilities.
4. Basil. As in the case of rosemary, basil has anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting properties. This effect stems from eugenol, a volatile oil in basil that blocks enzymes in the body that cause swelling, making basil an ideal treatment for people with arthritis.
5. Cayenne. Well, cayenne pepper is quite remarkable. It offers, anti-irritant, anti-inflammatory, anti-cold/flu agent, anti-fungal, and anti-allergen properties. It also helps reduce migraine headaches and helps body's digestive system. It prevents and treats blood clots while detoxing the body and supports weight loss. it should be part of your regular diet.
6. Turmeric. Turmeric has cancer fighting power. In conclusion, turmeric, basil, cinnamon, thyme, saffron, and ginger for their immune-boosting power and garlic, mustard seed and chicory for their heart-pumping power. Coriander and cinnamon for their sugar regulating powers. Pregnant women should consult their doctors for consumption of the above herbs and spices.