At Bonne Foi we understand there is more to gaining health than simply eating and exercising. Water for hydration, green tea for helping to keep away impurities, massage to break up impurities in the system, and a little Tai Chi to strengthen our muscles and make us flexible. All of these are now widely practice in our part of the world as beneficial to our health.
In the western world, many of us associate spices with food and cooking which is normal but very limiting. While spices add color and flavor to the foods we eat, most spices actually have a medicinal properties which make them ever more valuable.
For years I have told my clients who have been suffering with stomach ailments to eat a little ginger; Ginger has the ability to aid with digestion disorders and nausea. Studies also support Ginger as an excellent way to decrease inflammation and inhibit pain. In fact, a most recent study regarding the pain relief of migraines shows ginger powder to be just as effective, in relieving migraine pain than the most prescribed pharmaceuticals. While the ginger powder has virtually no negative side effect, most pharmaceuticals have many unfavorable side effects.
Also in the Ginger family are Turmeric and Cardamom.
Cardamom has a unique peppery citrus flavor. This makes it an intriguing spice to use with desserts as well as main dishes. Rich in fiber, Cardamom also has been shown to aid in digestion and has been found effective in silencing ‘hiccups’. The seeds of the Cardamom plant have many uses as well. Chewing the seeds are an excellent aid with the cessation of smoking and in India, it is common practice to chew on a couple cardamom seeds after a meal as a ‘breath mint’. An anti-inflammatory, Cardamom has been shown to lower blood pressure and is especially effective in healing issues of the mouth. If you are not inspired to add Cardamom to your diet yet, the fact that it is high in antioxidants makes it a must.
Another amazing spice coming from India, is Turmeric. As an anti inflammatory agent, Turmeric can be used topically, as well as internally. In the healing of rashes, bites and bruises use Turmeric topically. As does cousin Cardamom, Turmeric ranks high on the list for antioxidants. As well, studies suggest that both, Cardamom and Turmeric, are vital players in fighting cancer and both are instrumental in the role of brain health.
Good health is one of the best ways to keep yourself looking and feeling attractive and strong. Our natural skin care products work on a cellular level to correct damage to your face. With good food, spices and exercise you can help the rest of your body as well.
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