I was (ahem… I still am) a huge Spice Girls fan but “Spice Up Your Life” has a new meaning for me today. Did you know that sprinkling certain spices may not only add more flavor but also give your body some major BONUSES too?
I call them “The Fantastic 4 Super Spices.”
These 4 spices will boost your metabolism and help your body burn more fat:
Ginger: High in antioxidants, ginger offers big health benefits. Dr. Oz says that ginger can increase your metabolism by about 20 percent for three hours! This is namely because of ginger’s gingerols and capsaicin, two compounds known to boost metabolic rates.
Cayenne: Spicy cayenne is a staple of Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine that’s known to kick up your body’s temperature and boost your metabolism. An added bonus is that the capsaicin content in cayenne helps your brain release endorphins.
Cinnamon: A comforting and warming spice that makes every cool-weather recipe a little more delicious — and healthier, too! Cinnamon boosts your metabolism, aids in digestion, and can even help regulate blood sugar levels for people with type 2 diabetes.
Tumeric: Known to provide a depth of flavor to curry dishes, turmeric is a spice that contains curcumin, an active component with anti-inflammatory benefits and rich in antioxidants. Studies have shown that turmeric increases the flow of bile in the stomach which helps to burn fat.
Adding these spices to your meals can not only add a pleasure factor to a dish, they may also help increase your metabolic rate and burn fat. That’s not to say these are miracle seeds to sprinkle on your dish and negate the need to make nutritious choices.
But if you’re choosing foods that are jam-packed with nutrition, staying within your calorie needs, and incorporating these flavors, research has shown spices can help up your burn rate and improve your health.
So go ahead and Spice Up Your Life with these Fantastic 4 Super Spices.
I love them… and I still love these Spices too!