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We have numerous things to warm our outer anatomy! But, what about the internal system, which is the actual support system? We forget to provide them the warmth that they want to support us. So, here are some spices that can support your system in winters.
Spices that possess the property of warming the body in winters for smooth functioning of all the organs can be called winter spices.
If we take the example of one coffee mug, we have it, to let the warmth reaches the inner body, but what if you can get the real warmth and health by just adding a pinch of some spices to your mug? So, winter spices can be added in this case.
Some common examples of these spices are - Organic Cinnamon, Organic Clove, Organic Cardamom, Organic Ginger, Organic Allspice, Organic Nutmeg, Organic Turmeric, etc.
It's not always necessary that you go for anything new to get yourself indulged with these Winter Spices. Just go with the recipes that you are having for your daily dietary plans and add a pinch of these winter spices to them.
Some examples can be like-
FOR CINNAMON- Mostly used in the cuisine of Asia, Middle east and North Africa. This can be used as a complement to your oatmeal breakfast, mixed with pancake batter, unique flavour to many beverages and spice blends.
FOR CARDAMOM- You can flavour your soup, sweet rice dishes, apple pies, tea, coffee, etc.
FOR GINGER- It forms various health benefiting combos in various dishes. Like-
ginger in tea, can be taken with honey, in many drinks like sodas, etc.
FOR CLOVES- Clove flavoured items are one of the most loved in autumn and
winter times. They can be used to flavour rice dishes, meats, drinks, pies, etc.
FOR TURMERIC- Companion to various dishes and beverages. Add this to warm milk, warm water or to every dish for getting its benefits.
We humans are “Homeotherms”, that tries to maintain their body temperature constant by its metabolic activities happening inside. Now, the question arises, why do we require constant temperature?
Our organs can only work at a constant temperature, which the body always tries to maintain by various metabolic functions. So, as the winter arrives, the temperature of the surroundings goes down and here your body again tries to bring it to normal constant temperature.
In the season of freezing breeze, your lungs are the one who got affected the most. So, it’s important to make them Cozy too, like you Coze yourself.
Spices are loaded with antioxidant, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that can help the body to develop strong immunity for proper functioning of all the metabolic and physical processes.
You must have witnessed a dispel of mucus from your nose while having some food full of spices. These mucus helps the lungs to get purified air and also helps to prevent the direct contact of cold air to the lungs.
Also, these spices help to develop sweating to help the body get the desired temperature for functioning.
In spite of these benefits these spices posses other benefits too, which can be categorised individually:
Organic Cloves- Benefits of this spice have thought to be from its phenolic constituents like eugenol. They are good in toothaches, preventing clottings, modulating inflammatory processes, etc.
Organic Cinnamon- It is a sweet spice that has a long history in traditional herbal medicine. Contains antioxidants that can help to reduce the oxidative stress. Also, contains polyphenols for immunity boosting, 4 gram fibre per tablespoon for good digestion, etc.
Organic Nutmeg- Contains antibacterial properties to inhibit tooth decay causing bacteria, helps to relieve insomnia and depression, nutmeg oil is a good pain reliever, etc.
Organic Ginger- This spice helps the body to lose weight, improves energy and thus stop fat generation in the body, minimise menstrual cramps, nausea, etc.
Organic Allspice- Mainly has carminative properties that means for relieving flatulence, this can be used. Also, possess antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that can help minimise cramps and aids in digestion.
Organic Cardamom- It’s another wonderful spice related to Lebanese, Turkish and Indian Cuisines It may help you to get rid of bad smell from your mouth. Antibacterial and diuretic properties may help in lowering blood pressure.
Organic Turmeric- In winters, the process of digestion and production of bile slows down. Turmeric has a property to improve the digestion and thus can help to cope with the body within the freezing environment.
So, here we come to a sum of all the knowledge about winter spices. The warmth they provide to the inner body and the protection from various diseases are beyond admiration.
This could be said as the “Duvet of organs” which warms to reach the constant temperature required for functioning. These seven common ‘Winter Spices’, Organic Cloves, Organic Ginger, Organic Cinnamon, Organic Nutmeg, Organic Allspice, Organic Turmeric and Organic Cardamom are present in almost every kitchen for food flavouring but try to incorporate this to make your body feel the real warmth in all your future winter-tides.