Tuesday, February 9, 2016

9 Spices to Detox

Some of us only thought of spices as a cooking ingredient, or a way to make food taste better. But if you know your spice you can use it to really help boost the body effectiveness in getting rid of toxins.  

Check out these 9 spices. Add a bit at a time to make sure you can tolerate the benefits and side effects. 

And - spice up your life! 

1. Turmeric
If you currently don’t use turmeric in your cooking you simply must start adding it to more of your meals. Whether this means you’ll be eating more curry than you do now, or just adding it to other dishes is up to you, but it’s a spice that has so many benefits you can’t continue to miss out. In addition to helping the liver function properly, which will help your body filter and expel toxins, turmeric has strong anti-cancer properties that make it an absolute must for anyone looking to live a long and healthy life. You can use the spice in your cooking, or take turmeric supplements with the active ingredient curcumin for similar benefits.

2. Cumin
cuminYou may recognize cumin from Mexican cuisine or from chili. Of course a giant quesadilla or big bowl of chili isn’t going to detox your body, but cumin on its own has a detoxifying effect. Cumin helps the digestion, which is the cornerstone to any detox strategy. If you are releasing toxins, but your sluggish digestion is keeping them stuck inside you, it’s not going to be a productive cleanse, and you may end up reabsorbing them. That’s why it’s good to use spices like cumin so that your digestion can be running on all cylinders and you’ll be able to expel toxins more easily.

3. Ginger
Ginger has a strong cleansing effect on the body, and one of the best features is that it helps the body absorb the nutrients and minerals taken in by eating. One thing that is often overlooked by those trying to detox the body is that it’s not just about getting rid of the toxins, but replacing them with the things your body does need. Using a spice like ginger can go a long way in assisting your body in absorbing the things it needs most. Ginger is also really great for the digestive system, and can help reduce the symptoms that come from detoxing, including flatulence and bloating.
4. Saffron
Saffron can be a big boost to your internal organs, especially the ones that are responsible for filtering toxins and releasing them from your body. That’s why it should be included in any quest to get the toxins out, and as part of your maintenance to keep your body free from them. Saffron will help your bladder and your kidneys, which is great because this will help you pass toxins through your urine. It also is beneficial to your liver, which is the most important organ you have for toxin defense. If you focus on nothing else, make sure that you’re taking in spices that will help with your liver, as it’s the motherboard for all of your other organs and systems.

5. Rosemary
You’ll get to love rosemary because it has a fantastic taste, and is also good for detoxing the body. It is an herb that you can add to your cooking, or that you can add to water with other detox spices to make a sort of detox cocktail. The antioxidant value of rosemary may surprise you, as herbs and spices typically don’t get mentioned in a discussion on antioxidants. Antioxidants help the body defend itself against free radical damage, and getting enough of them can lead to a reduced risk of getting cancer and heart disease, and also makes your body work better overall.
6. Horseradish
horseradishHere’s a big reason to start using more horseradish starting today: it specifically helps your liver screen out carcinogenic substances, reducing the likelihood that they’ll form into cancerous tumors, and limiting the ability of existing tumors to grow. That’s a pretty powerful form of detox. Of course, it’s also helping your liver filter out other things that will be detrimental to your body. It does have a rather powerful kick to it, and can be irritating to several parts of the body, including the stomach. You don’t have to use horseradish directly in order to benefit from its effects, and mixing it with other foods and spices can help to limit its irritating characteristic.

7. Cayenne Pepper
Cayenne pepper is used to heat up a dish, but it’s also good at helping the body cleanse itself. It’s often cited as helping to lose weight, as it’s said to speed up the metabolism, making it easier to lose weight without really trying. As far as detoxification goes, it’s going to help your digestion, which has a trickle down effect on the rest of your body and especially in how you feel. A backed up digestion will trap toxins in a sort of holding pattern in your body, and can lead to feelings of malaise and lethargy. Taking herbs and spices like cayenne pepper helps to get things moving again and helps the body properly eliminate these toxic substances.

8. Cardamom
This is a popular spice used in Indian cuisine, and can go a long way if you’re trying to detox the body. Cardamom goes to work on harmful bacteria in the body, without destroying the beneficial bacteria that you want in there. When used in conjunction with other spices that help the digestion you’ve got a powerful one-two punch that can kill off these bacteria, and then whisk them out of the body. One side benefit of using more cardamom is that it acts as a natural antidepressant. Even if you’re not depressed it will help boost your mood, making it a great spice to introduce into your diet.

9. Cinnamon
This is a popular spice often seen used in baked goods. Unfortunately when it’s used in sweet pastries it isn’t going to have much of a detoxifying effect. It needs to be consumed either by itself or with other wholesome and natural ingredients if it’s going to provide any sort of detox benefits. The best way to consume cinnamon for detox is to add it to a detox beverage, such as a shake, smoothie, or detox water. This gives you the most direct benefit and will yield the best results.