The spice of life! Or at least the spices in our life!

How often have you thought of “spicing up ” your life either in personal life or in the kitchen. I’m sure that you will agree that both of them are very important for our daily happy body and mind.

So where do we start?

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Let’s go to the kitchen first. As we know the saying: “The way to anyone’s heart is through the stomach.” When you master your spices in the kitchen, everything else will taste so much better.

One of few things I do is baking. And I love it. For me baking, or cooking in general, is very therapeutic. There are so many things you can use: your vision, imagination, creativity and so much more. It’s very interesting and different each time.

I love to experiment in my kitchen with recipes, flavours and shapes.

I put all my love, good energy, feelings and taste into each of my creations. And oh my, you can taste them all. One of the things that I’m using for that is different spices.

They can turn any tasteless, boring and average meal into something very delicious, new and taste buds approved. Let’s talk a bit more in depth about few of my favourite spices.

1. Cinnamon

Is probably one of the most used and loved spices around. It’s known for its unique and very warm flavour. You can sprinkle it into your coffee, on the top of your healthy chocolate cake.

My most delicious recipe is oven baked apple crumble with lemon and vanilla light yogurt sprinkled with cinnamon. Absolutely mouth watering and crunchy melting in your mouth and warming your senses with that mighty spice.

And taste is not the only beauty of cinnamon.

This spice has so many health benefits.

It helps your body to regulate blood sugar levels. By far and away best remedy for a stomach bug is cinnamon. It make sense because cinnamon is a powerful anti-bacterial.

As a digestive cinnamon dramatically reduces the uncomfortable feelings associated with IBS especially the bloating. It does this by killing bacteria and healing infections in the GI tract and enabling the gastric juices to work normally. The making some warm cinnamon bark tea and you already will feel ease in your tummy.

Spices to boost metabolism_22. Nutmeg

Next spice that I’m “in love with” is nutmeg. And my baking doesn’t go without it.

Nutmeg spice contains many plant-derived chemical compounds that are high in anti-oxidants, disease preventing, and health promoting properties.

It is also rich in many vital B-complex vitamins, including vitamin C, folic acid, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin A and many flavonoid anti-oxidants like beta-carotene that are essential for optimum health from inside and out.

Both cinnamon and nutmeg help your body detoxify and heal. And by doing that your body gets rid of unwanted weight, toxins and speeding up your metabolism to the maximum. And that’s always great news.

3. Cardamon

Have you ever used cardamon?

I absolutely love it. This little green seed has so much flavour. I add it to my tea, baking and cooking savoury dishes as well. Cardamom is very beneficial for problems related to your digestive system.

It improves the process of metabolism in your stomach. Therefore, it is used in making a number of natural digestive healing remedies.

Another of the essential cardamom benefits is that it is very helpful in removing toxins from your body. Regular use of cardamom gradually removes the accumulated toxins and improves the blood circulation. Although there are no known side effects of cardamom, it should be avoided during pregnancy.

4. Vanilla

Now it’s time to talk about something more sweet from the spice family. Vanilla! It must be one of the most favourite flavours all over the world especially with children. Vanilla ice cream is just one of many.

You can use vanilla beans, pods or infusions.

We all know it’s taste but how about its health benefits?

Vanilla is a powerhouse of many essential minerals like magnesium, potassium, calcium and it’s also an amazing aphrodisiac. It’s especially powerful at enhancing brain and mood health. So, if you want a delicious way aside from chocolate to provide a natural mood boost, keep some vanilla in your house.

Spices to boost metabolism_35. Turmeric

Now we are going from sweet to more spicy way to enhance your health. Next on the list is turmeric. It’s famous for its bright yellow colour and super powerful properties.

Turmeric is one of the best antioxidants and anti inflammatory known in natural medicine. Just be careful as it stains very easy.

Curcumin, the major constituent of turmeric, enables to protect the colon cells from free radicals. It also helps the body to destroy cancer cells, so they cannot spread through the body. A primary way in which curcumin does so is by enhancing liver function.

6. Cayenne pepper

Now it’s getting even hotter here! Talking about our next spicy beauty – cayenne pepper.

This spice is a great food for the circulatory system.

It regulates the flow of blood from the head to the toes helping control your blood pressure. Powerful antioxidant, anti inflammatory and one of the best metabolism boosters. Try drinking warm water with a bit of natural honey and a tiny pinch of cayenne each morning.

This infusion will warm your whole system up, will wake up your digestible and detoxifying systems. What better way to start your day.

Play with your food, experiment with all the herbs and spices. Try mixing some of them together. In few of my recipes I’m mixing cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla and cayenne together. It’s just amazing how it changes the taste of the food.

Try for yourself and let me know what’s your favourite combination. Enjoy!

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