http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-image-cardamom-image23600216The weather is indisputably getting colder, but you can’t just bundle up and shield yourself from the elements to stay warm. If you want to stay healthy through the colder seasons it’s essential that you build up your warmth from the inside out.

Eating oven-roasted dishes, root vegetables, and stewed meats, while avoiding raw and cold foods is a great way to infuse your body with warmth.

Adding warming herbs to your diet is also essential if you want to avoid feeling cold and boost your overall health when there’s a chill in the air.

Here are 5 delicious warming herbs to use in the colder months:

Ginger

Ginger gently warms your stomach, boosts circulation, and has been used medicinally over the centuries to treat digestive upset, arthritis, headache, painful menstruation, and symptoms of the cold and flu. It has also been shown to have cancer preventing properties.

Turmeric

With its rich orange color, turmeric is not just warm in appearance but in action. More consolidating than ginger, turmeric is warming, tonifies mucous membranes, and increases digestive secretions.

Its brilliant color comes from a potent anti-inflammatory constituent called curcumin, which in studies is comparable in strength to potent drugs such as hydrocortisone, phenylbutazone, and motrin, without all the negative side-effects.

Black Pepper

Where turmeric goes, so too should black pepper. This is because black pepper has been proven to have a medicinally symbiotic relationship with turmeric, increasing curcumin’s bioavalability by 2000%. This means that when you add black pepper to meals made with turmeric, your body is able to reap significantly more benefit than it can from eating turmeric alone.

But black pepper stands strong on its own as well, claiming its place on the table second only to salt.

Black pepper’s warming nature has been shown to help digestive juices flow more effectively, reduces gas, and has major antimicrobial and antioxidant properties.

 

Cinnamon

When most people smell cinnamon they automatically conjure images of snowmen and cozy, blanket-strewn sofas in front of blazing fireplaces.

This is because cinnamon’s nature is very warming, so people have long known to add it to their winter meals and beverages.

It has also been used medicinally to treat symptoms of the common cold and flu, as well as diarrhea, loss of appetite, erectile dysfunction, diabetes, alzheimer’s, and other diseases.

 

Cardamom

Cardamom is perhaps the least used of the herbs on this list, but it should not be forgotten. Cardamom is a great herb to use in the colder months, helping to treat and prevent the common cold, coughs, bronchitis, sore mouth and throat, and tendency toward infection.

Cardamom also helps promote movement through the digestive tract and decreases gas.

 

If you use these 5 warming herbs in your meals and beverages you will feel warmer, healthier, get sick less often, and thrive through the fall and winter months.

 

How do you use warming herbs in your diet? Leave a comment below!

 

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