Continuing on from last weeks blog, here are some more bits of information on herbs and spices. Listed below are five herbs & spices that are beneficial for your gut health, which help to improve your digestion, and add rich flavors to the real, whole food that you eat.
> reduces inflammation along your intestinal tract
> an antioxidant
> has a history for its use in preserving foods
> used for indigestion
> Rosemary helps if you are bloated, gassy, or have greasy stools. The problem here is that you may need help with digesting fat.
> has some possible pre-biotic properties meaning that it helps feed the good bacteria in your gut
> may also prevent pathogenic bacteria
> a great cooking herb that looks like small pine needles
> to boost flavor, add to potatoes, white fish, chicken, and salad dressings
> used traditionally in Asia and the Middle East to help with digestion, inflammation, soothe spasms in the intestine, protect against infection, and reduce bloating
> anti-inflammatory, antioxidant properties, and antimicrobial.
> anti-parasitic effects
> calms down the gut
> inhibits the growth of colon cancer cells
> aids in lowering blood sugar
> add to olive oil or butter, season chicken, potatoes, seafood, root vegetables, beans, or sauces, soups, and stews
> technically a vegetable but it is used mainly to add flavor to dishes
> a strong smell and taste which comes from its sulfur components that are released after chopping or pressing the cloves
> many health benefits when eaten regularly, either raw or cooked
> may help prevent colorectal and stomach cancers
> protects against inflammation of intestinal lining
> has liver protecting abilities and may help prevent liver cancer
> a broad spectrum antibacterial
> anti-Candida and anti-parasitic effects
> keeps fungi and bacteria away
> helps protect digestive tract if you eat contaminated food or drink
> reduces gas, relieves constipation, treats infections
> strong antimicrobial, anti fungal, and antiviral – great for the immune system, helps with colds and other illnesses
> helps reduce blood sugar
> enhances flavor and can be added to foods raw or roasted
> used in dips, dressings, and sauces.
> raw garlic can be added to pesto and hummus
> crush, slice, chop and add to meats, vegetables, grains, or stir-fries
> when roasted, garlic has a milder flavor
> brushing teeth doesn’t get rid of bad breath because once you eat garlic, the sulfur compounds are expelled through the lungs or when you sweat 🙂
> used in chai tea
> reduces cramping, bloating, & indigestion
> has a positive influence on the gut flora (gut bugs)
> comes from ground seeds.
> good in squash soups, used in Indian dishes, baked goods, rice pudding, and goes well with cinnamon
> used in China & the East as an astringent for the gut and to reduce diarrhea
> it’s mucilaginous properties used to help restore gut lining
> used for indigestion, nausea, and vomiting
> used in regulating blood sugar
> has antihistamine properties
> enhances the growth of beneficial bacteria while discouraging the growth of the bad
> used in Chinese medicine to help with digestion of sweet potatoes, yams, winter squash and also reduces the formation of mucus from dairy
> can be added to foods and beverages
> comes in powder, bark, and whole cinnamon sticks
> goes well with sweet foods like bananas, apples, pears and grains
> used in baked goods
> adds flavor to coffee and can be drunk in tea form
I encourage you to look into recipes that use some of these ingredients. (Here is a simple recipe below from my Fall 5-Day Detox.) Enjoy cooking in your kitchen. It’s a blessing to know that you can create healthy foods to nourish yourself and your family. What an honor to do such work.
Coconut Baked Apples
Cut up an apple and place it in a baking dish with a little coconut oil. Sprinkle 1 tsp unsweetened coconut flakes, ½ tsp cinnamon and a dash of nutmeg over the fruit. Bake in a 350 degree oven for about 20 minutes, or until the fruit is tender.
~Philippians 4:19 ” And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”