We are all trying to be better at getting healthy food in our bodies. Foods that will help us achieve our optional weight, boost our metabolism and give us more energy. This is difficult in our fast-paced world and it means ditching fast food and getting in the kitchen.
Not sure where to start? Adding metabolism boosting spices to your dishes will make you want to get in the kitchen and fuel your body with healthy food.
Ginger is a rhizome or root, typically grated in dishes or juiced. Due to ginger's spicy nature when consumed it creates a warming effect in the body which boosts your metabolism. Ginger doubles as an anti-inflammatory, supports digestion and nausea. Try grating ginger into sautéed veggies or added to your favorite green juice
Turmeric is receiving a lot of attention even though it has been used for many years in Chinese and Indian dishes. It is a rhizome (root), has a peppery flavor as well as bitter. Turmeric is sought after for its healing properties and disease prevention. It repairs the liver which allows our immune system to strengthen and our metabolism to increase.
Due to cayenne's “heat,” this spice speeds up blood flow, is great for the circulatory system, and boosts metabolism. Taken in the morning, it can also curb your appetite. Cayenne is great for detoxing as it cleanses the liver. Most commonly used in powder form, it can also be taken in capsule or liquid.
Cinnamon is in your kitchen already, I am sure. Similar to cayenne, cinnamon can curb your appetite and it will also add a natural sweetness to your dishes. Cinnamon can balance your blood sugar and when used as an oil it has a warming, thermogenic effect on the body. Cinnamon can be purchased whole, grated into tea and food, powder-form or as a high quality essential oil. Make sure you choose a quality organic cinnamon, many conventional brands are heavily sprayed with pesticides.
5. Bonus Metabolizer: Holy Basil
Holy Basil is a plant widely found in India, it has been used for centuries as medicine and also for cooking. When it comes to boosting your metabolism, it helps to increase physical and mental endurance. When we are stressed our body releases a hormone called Cortisol. When our Cortisol is high, we store fat in our mid section. Holy basil helps to reduce cortisol while balancing your hormones. This allows your metabolism to kick into gear and for you to reach your optional weight. Many drink it in tea form and can be also recognized as Tulsi.