Herbs, Spice & Everything Nice: Your Guide to Healthy Holiday Eating

Herbs, Spice & Everything Nice: Your Guide to Healthy Holiday Eating

Article Summary

  • Beyond the threat of expanding your waistline, the season’s culinary delights can be a formidable health nightmare if you’re trying to live a cancer-free lifestyle.
  • The good news is, many of the most common herbs and spices found in your favorite holiday dishes are packed with unique nutritional and medicinal compounds that have been scientifically shown to help: balance blood sugar levels, promote healthy digestion, and even lower your overall risk of cancer.
  • 4 of the best healthy spices and herbs to include in your holiday cooking are:
    1. Nutmeg
    2. Cinnamon
    3. Cloves
    4. Peppermint
  • To receive the most benefits from what nature has to offer, follow these two guidelines when selecting your healthy spices & herbs:
    1. Choose only organic, non-irradiated herbs and spices
    2. Make your own holiday treats, cocktails, and meals using only real herbs

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  • Chronic inflammation is a hallmark of virtually all disease, including cancer, obesity and heart disease. Your diet plays a significant if not primary role as it can either trigger or prevent inflammation
  • Leafy greens, berries and mushrooms are potent anti-inflammatory foods. People with autoimmune diseases may want to limit vegetables high in lectins, though, as they may cause more problems than they solve
  • Traditionally fermented and cultured foods are anti-inflammatory staples that work their “magic” by optimizing your gut flora. Examples include kefir, yogurt, natto, kimchee, miso, tempeh, pickles, sauerkraut, olives and other fermented vegetables
  • Marine-based omega-3 fats found in fatty cold-water fish that are low in environmental toxins are important anti-inflammatories that are particularly crucial for brain and heart health
  • Other anti-inflammatory foods and supplements include green tea, spices such as cloves, ginger, rosemary and turmeric, herbal remedies such as white willow bark, maritime pine bark and Cat’s claw, and supplements such as resveratrol, curcumin, capsaicin, vitamin D, zinc and SAM-e

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