The Spice OF Life
The Spice OF Life
Have you heard of Ayurveda? Ayurvrede means ‘the science of life’ and is an ancient Indian healing system that promotes natural means to maintain wellbeing. It focuses on food, herbal remedies, yoga and massage to suit individual body types and the seasons. According to this philosophy, in winter one should eat warming, nourishing meals with spices that enhance good digestion – this in turn creates radiant health and strong immunity. Here are the fabulous four for building immunity:
Mustard seeds – these have been used for centuries by Chinese herbalists to treat abscesses, bronchitis, colds and rheumatism. Mustard stimulates appetite, digestion and circulation. Mustard seeds have also been known to help reduce the severity of asthma. They are a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, iron, calcium, Zinc, manganese, magnesium, protein, niacin and dietary fibre.
Turmeric – used for centuries by Ayurvedic practitioners, turmeric is widely recognised for its cleansing properties and ability to protect the body from various forms of degenerative disease. The most noteworthy nutrient in turmeric is cur cumin which is a strong anti-inflammatory agent. This wonder spice also helps to detoxify the liver, balance cholesterol levels, fight allergies, stimulate digestion, boost immunity and help the lungs expel mucous.
Cumin- cumin helps to remove excess phlegm and is best take during allergy season or at the onset of a cold. It helps to regulate bowl function and can help to stop diarrhoea by eating it with a bit of sugar. Combine turmeric and peppercorns for a great digestive aid and immune booster. Cumin is also effective in relieving sleeplessness.
Ginger- ginger is considered the best herd for digestion. It helps break down proteins ti rid the stomach of gas and aids in the digestion of fatty foods. This stimulating herb also relieves flatulence, stimulates glandular secretions and relieves nausea. It’s commonly used by pregnant women in fighting off morning sickness too. Ginger’s warming quality improves circulation.
Taken from Clicks Club Card ISSUE 4 2009, pg38.