Student Health: Spice It Up

March 16, 2009  

By Marissa Adamany
madamany@smu.edu

Does your metabolism need a kick? I have found a way to help, and all you have to do is add a little spice to your diet.

Herbs and spices have more antioxidants than most fruits and vegetables. Plus, some spices, like cayenne pepper and wasabi, actually speed up your metabolism. Ay-yaya!

  • Cayenne pepper – If you can take the heat, this spice fights inflammation, headaches, and a stuffy nose. It also reduces cholesterol, boosts immunity, and burns up calories when eaten. Add this spice to salads, sandwiches, chicken dishes, and soup.
  • Wasabi – Yes, it’s the green lump that stares at you on your plate of sushi, and you never go near it, but now you should! Wasabi has powerful detox properties, supports the immune system, and cleanses the liver. It also raises the metabolic rate up to 30 minutes after eaten. Mix with soy sauce and enjoy with a piece of tuna sashimi!
  • Cinnamon – This spice can lower blood sugar and cholesterol and helps regulate sugar glucose levels. Mix in yogurt, ice cream, smoothies, and even on top of toast with peanut butter.
  • Ginger– This root is the best way to cure any stomach ache, whether it’s from bad food, motion sickness, or nausea. It is also used as a mood enhancer that relieves stress and a breath freshener! And for the ladies, ginger can also get rid of those monthly cramps.
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