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Sunday, 25 January 2015

Hey, want to really spice things up in your life?  With the foods you eat, I mean!  LOL.  I've told you before about the benefits of using various spices in the foods you prepare.  They not only make your foods taste better but, get this, can also help make your health better, too.  Now I really like the sound of that, don't you?  Do you have any herbs or spices you like to use in your favorite recipes?  Then by all means, go ahead and spice those recipes up.  Besides getting a tasty flavor kick, you'll be giving your health  a good little kick, too.  Take for instance...
SAGE is packed with powerful antioxidants to help keep your mind sharp.
SAGE.  You can buy it in dried form but I really prefer this leafy herb better...fresh!  It's packed with powerful antioxidants to help keep your mind sharp.  (And who doesn't want that, right?)  Fresh sage rubbed onto chicken before roasting makes a tasty addition, served with winter squash, (obviously in season right now).  Did you know increasing the amount of sage they consume is recommended for people with rheumatoid arthritis?  (It helps relieve pain.)  But get this.  How's about stashing some dried sage in your desk drawer at work or near your computer.  Why?  Taking a whiff of it every now and then will actually give you a natural mental jolt, keeping you on top of your game at work or at play.
TURMERIC.  This is one I've talked about before, an essential ingredient in many Indian dishes.  Tumeric is a mustard-colored spice native to India.  It delivers curcumin to your body, an anti-inflammatory that research has shown can help relieve joint pain.  Stir in a spoonful of turmeric to add an earthy, mellow burst of flavor to your favorite curries, scrambled eggs or even to a glass of warm milk.  Turmeric is a member of the ginger family, (another spice I love), and its antioxidant properties have been shown to fight and even used to help prevent cancer.
CINNAMON can help keep your body's blood-sugar in check.
CINNAMON.  It's not just for cinnamon rolls, ya' know!  LOL.  Cinnamon is delicious used on so many other foods.  Sprinkle a dash over fresh fruit or yogurt.  Its naturally sweet flavor can help satisfy your sweet tooth without reaching for some sugar-filled, snack, saving you a ton of calories.  Plus, adding cinnamon to some of your foods on a regular basis can help keep your body's blood-sugar in check.  (Important news if you happen to b diabetic.)
Isn't Mother Nature good to us?  She provides us with the things that can keep our bodies strong, control many medical problems, keep our appetites under control and can even help us beat some diseases!  Let's hear it for Mother N. and the little things she gives us, like those spices.  Because as it turns out, those LITTLE things can do some pretty BIG things for our bodies and good health!