How to use spices to detoxify your body and mind.

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 ignore. In addition to helping the liver expel toxins, turmeric has strong anti-cancer properties. You can use the spice in your cooking, curry is a favourite, or take turmeric supplements.

Cumin - 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.

Ginger - Ginger has a strong cleansing effect on the body, and helps the body absorb the nutrients and minerals. 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.

Rosemary - You’ll get to love rosemary because 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. 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.

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 speed up the metabolism. it helps digestion, which has a trickle down effect on the rest of your body. Taking herbs and spices like cayenne pepper helps to get things moving again and helps the body properly eliminate these toxic substances.

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. 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. 

Ceylon Cinnamon - Ceylon Cinnamon 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. Start with 1/2 tsp. per day.

*For informational purposes only. For medical advice, please consult with a physician.

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