Not all of us like spicy food, but don’t let that scare you away from the magic of cayenne pepper. This spicy powerhouse stimulates your circulatory system, aids in digestion, and battles colds. Not to mention cayenne pepper rises the body’s temperature, and as your body works to cool down, you’re burning calories! Simply sprinkle a bit on your dinner tonight to perk up a dish and your body.
While we might not all love sushi, we should all start loving the light pink root that comes on the side. Cortisol, a hormone that regulates our body’s energy and fat, can use a jump start throughout the day to keep the body metabolizing at a faster rate. That’s where ginger comes in handy. Ginger supports the production of cortisol, in turn stimulating your metabolism and aiding in your digestion.
Long known for its healing powers in eastern herbal remedies, turmeric might just be the most powerful spice of them all. Typically known for its use as an anti-inflammatory, it also stimulates the circulatory system and reduces cholesterol. Curcumin, an active ingredient in turmeric (and not to be confused with cumin), is even aiding in cancer prevention. According to the American Cancer Society, “Some researchers believe turmeric may prevent and slow the growth of a number of types of cancer, particularly tumors of the esophagus, mouth, intestines, stomach, breast, and skin.” This spice is typically found in curry dishes but you can get your fill through some herbal teas as well.