Adding basic spices to recipes can aid digestion, boost the immune system, stimulate metabolism and enhance the nutritional absorption of the food we eat. It can be as simple as a pinch of salt, a dash of cloves or a slice of ginger. There are so many excellent spices and while they all have benefits, there are a few basics that are so versatile and easy to add to most dishes.
This spice is a potent health booster! Known for treating ovarian cancer and colon cancer, ginger also reduces inflammation-related diseases. It can reduce pain in joints caused by arthritis as well as even eliminating muscle pain. Ginger even inhibits acid reflux/heartburn! Studies showed that ginger was more effective than PPI drugs, used for treating acid reflux and also increasing risk of bone fractures, a terrible infection called Clostridium difficile (C-diff), malabsorption issues and even cancer. Ginger helps fight the common cold, cough, sore throat, upset stomach, migraines, swelling and nausea.
Some simple ways to add ginger to our diet is by making tea. Boil a few raw slices of ginger root and add the ginger tea water to lemonade (1 pitcher, 2 lemons, 2 cups ginger tea using either 4 bags or 10, 2 mm thick slices. Sweeten with maple syrup or Stevia.)
Use ginger in marinades for chicken (maple syrup, fresh pressed ginger, mustard, high quality olive oil and 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar.) Add it to fish dishes, sauces or dressings. Fresh ginger adds a pungent punch to salad dressings, especially good when combining mandarin slices, figs or blueberries to salad. Yum!)
This is the ultimate medicinal spice. A known antioxidant and digestive aid, it also has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties and can be used as a natural painkiller. It detoxifies the liver and may even protect against neuro-degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s. However, most impressive is turmeric’s powerful compound called curcumin that is proving to fight cancer! From shrinking brain cancer tumors to slowing the spread of breast cancer, turmeric is becoming more widely known and consumed. It is even proving to be possibly more effective than most antidepressant drugs on the market!
The daily dosage varies depending on individual goals, but there are several options for getting turmeric into our bodies. Cook with it! Sprinkle it on eggs while they are frying (Bragg’s Liquid Aminos + turmeric + black pepper.) Black pepper enhances the cancer fighting properties of turmeric by 10,000 times!!! Eat curry! Indians use this spice in curries and curries are incredibly healthy and versatile. Plus, making curry is a great way to eat veggies. Turmeric is what makes curry yellow.
If the taste doesn’t please, turmeric capsules are available and the recommended daily dose is 300 mg. For pain relief can take 1200 mg daily and for cancer treatments the dosage may be even higher.
One of the most versatile and widely underused spices available, black pepper aids digestion. It helps us derive most of the nutritional benefits from the food we eat it with, or on, and the outer shell of the peppercorn stimulates the break down of fat cells. This means, black pepper can facilitate weight loss! It is an excellent source of dietary fiber, iron, vit K, copper and manganese. Best to add to cooked meals towards the end of cooking in order to preserve the flavor.
A few tips for integrating black pepper into meals are as follows; olive oil, lemon juice, Himalayan pink salt and cracked black pepper make a simple, healthy and tasty salad dressing. Keep a pepper mill on your dining table and one by your stove for easy access. Add black pepper to stews or coat meats as a rub before cooking. Adding it to soft boiled or fried eggs, avocado or fatty foods will help breakdown the fats better.
Himalayan Pink salt
Not all salt is equal! The darker the color, the richer it is in nutrients. Himalayan pink salt has been trapped in the rocks for up to 200,000,000 years! Some is even older and all of it contains the same elements that our human bodies are made up of. There can be up to 86 ionic minerals in Himalayan pink salt and there is no shortage of the salt. All salt essentially comes from the sea, however, when salt is held in the earth for so many years, it absorbs the nutrients from the earth. Himalayan pink salt is one of the most nutritious spices we can safely consume daily. It doesn’t pose the same rick of elevating blood pressure as iodized, fluoridated table salt or even simple sea salt.
It can be used as the #1 way to rapidly replenish electrolytes. Forget sugar waters like Gatorade, of a pinch Himalayan pink salt will rebalance your electrolytes within 20 minutes. So it is excellent after a bout of food poisoning or travel sickness leading to vomit or diarrhea. Also, Himalayan pink salt is great for hot days when we are out in the sun for long periods or exercising a lot. Just add a pinch of the salt to a water bottle.
Make sure, however, that it is the “real” pink salt. Salt mines in Pakistan are reputed to just use regular salt and add iron oxide to color it. A little research can tell you if the pink salt you plan to buy is mineral rich, or just rusty!
Cloves are nutritional giants! Packed with antioxidants, minerals, vitamins and even omega 3’s, cloves can be used as a topical analgesic for toothache. When I had my root canal tooth extracted due to the toxic amalgam filling I wanted out of my body, I used clove oil to numb the pain and it worked! I am very weak when it comes to pain so this says a LOT!
Drinking clove tea helps ward off sore throat, coughs and is an expectorant so it makes the phlegm easier to cough up. Massaging sore muscles with clove oil reduces the soreness. For men who have a difficult time holding back their orgasms, cloves may be the answer! A few drops of food grade clove essential oil under the tongue, or eating foods containing cloves can help make sex last longer. Cloves are great for helping digestion, especially when eating fatty or greasy foods. The taste and smell can be overpowering, and a little goes a long way. A small pinch of clove in a soup, stew or curry is enough to promote better digestion.
Thanks for reading, watching and opening up to living a healthier life! Again, at Body Sattvic we believe that the simpler the better and that less it more. Hopefully you might experiment with the basic spices and basic condiments we suggest and discover a plethora of creative recipes that enhance your health!