The ancient Greek physician, Hippocrates, once said, “Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food.” That became the basis of most western medicine as we know it today. However, over a long period of time, as technology evolved, this thought was lost amidst the advancements and chemical compositions. It is now time to resurrect it and glance closely at our kitchens to notice how even the simplest of the spices in the kitchen can boost health and immunity. Instead of using the conventional medication that may hamper life cycles and induce prolonged side effects, why not eat right and stay healthy. Especially now, when immunity and health is of utmost importance in these dire situations.
In this blog, we are about to take a closer look at the spicy ingredients of our kitchen and to understand their health benefits closely. The good news is there are many viable spices that can give your immune system the boost it needs to combat the seasonal sniffles. Spices are wonderful because, unlike drugs, you don’t need to “take” them, they can just as easily be a part of your daily diet and provide you with natural protection from outer elements that cause infections and ailments. You can just add them to your favorite dishes for a kick of flavor and increased immunity ratio.
Here are the two hot and spicy components of your kitchen that will bolster your body with immunity and help you fight off viruses, infections, and inflammation and add a delicious spicy punch to your meals making them savoury!
Ginger is an ubiquitous ingredient in kitchens around the world, filled with nutritional properties that greatly benefit human health. The chemicals, called sesquiterpenes, in ginger target the cold viruses thus preventing cold and flu and keeps the throat free of bacteria that can cause infections. It is also an anti-inflammatory agent which aids digestion, cures sore throat, and prevents nausea. This immune-boosting spice also has antibacterial properties that aid the digestive system and its functioning.
The other functional chemicals in the ginger that provide its various medicinal properties include gingerols, shogaol, and parasols that have the potential anti-carcinogenic properties to prevent various types of cancer. The spice’s anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative properties help control the process of aging and curbing the wreck caused by free radicals in the body. It can also be used to aid digestion and demonstrate the potential to treat degenerative disorders, as well as cardiovascular diseases. Ginger also contains antimicrobial compounds that allow it to help in treating a variety of infectious diseases.
Cayenne pepper belongs to the Capsium family also commonly known as chilli peppers family. The high amounts of capsaicin in cayenne peppers are known to suppress a neuropeptide involved in inflammatory processes called substance P. A few studies have found that the pepper contributes to digestive health by fighting gastrointestinal pathogens, ulcerations, and may prevent a certain type of cancer. It also regulates appetite and a healthy digestive function. Modern herbology enthusiasts also believe that cayenne is useful in activating the circulatory system as a cold and flu treatment. Also, every 5 grams of cayenne pepper, there is 44% of the recommended daily intake of vitamin A. In addition to the immunity boosting function, it is also an excellent source of beta carotene which happens to be a powerful antioxidant making it a staple for boosting health and immunity in humans, all with a spicy twist.