Five Foods and Spices to Help You Heal Naturally
by Brionna Sandridge
When something doesn’t feel right, it’s easy to run straight for the medicine cabinet and swallow a couple of pills. But when many medications come with unwanted side effects and can damage your body in the long term, there must be another way to feel better.
What if your symptoms could be treated naturally with foods and spices? Here are a few hero foods that are not only effective to heal the body but also delicious to incorporate into daily meals.
Ginger is a great remedy for an upset stomach and nausea. It aids in digestion by stimulating the digestive organs and promoting the breakdown of food. In addition, ginger can help relieve muscle pain, as studies have shown that it has anti-inflammatory properties. Try adding ginger to juices and smoothies, or even when sautéing vegetables! (ed note: our favorite dietitian wrote about how ginger completely healed her menstrual cramps!)
Turmeric is an anti-inflammatory spice that can be used to relieve aches and pains. It can also help to prevent blood-clotting, much like Advil or ibuprofen would. After a hard workout, I love to make turmeric lattes (turmeric + almond milk + honey). I wake up the next day with drastically less sore muscles. Studies have also shown that turmeric has properties that prevent cancer and promote weight loss!
Cinnamon is another anti-inflammatory spice that has many other healing properties. Studies have shown its power to stabilize blood-sugar levels by combatting insulin resistance. Studies have shown that this spice can help to stabilize cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the blood. Not only this, but cinnamon is one of the top sources of antioxidants that can help boost the immune system and prevent disease. Add cinnamon to apples, oatmeal, or smoothies for an easy, delicious boost!
Feel a cold coming on? Add some garlic to your diet. Studies have shown that eating a daily amount of garlic can boost your immune system that can not only prevent cold but may shorten the time you experience symptoms. Additionally, garlic has properties that can improve high blood pressure and lower cholesterol. The best thing about it? It’s delicious! Add garlic to almost anything- meats, veggies, pasta, and my personal favorite…guacamole!
Have bad allergies this time of year? Grab some rosemary. Studies showed that rosemary has anti-inflammatory properties that suppressed allergy symptoms and nasal congestion. Plus, no drowsy side-effects from those drug store antihistamines! Rosemary has many other health benefits, including the treatment of indigestion and eczema. Incorporate rosemary into your diet by seasoning your favorite meat or fish dish, steeping it in olive oil or tea, or simply using rosemary essential oil!
Do you have any go-to natural remedies? Let us know in the comments!