Happy New Year everyone! It’s time to get a jump start on your skin and body health for 2014. Truth is, we all most likely over indulged this holiday season with delicious baked goods and comfort foods. Now that the holidays are behind us, it’s time to get back into the swing of things and regain any energy lost during the busy season. Read on for a few detoxing spices that are sure to help your body and skin get back to normal.
Cayenne Pepper- Cayenne’s detox power comes from its naturally occurring stimulant, capsaicin. Capsaicin stimulates our digestive system and helps cleans out the liver. When our liver is detoxed and working well, it can quickly rid the body of free radicals, toxins, and heavy metals. Cayenne pepper also is a high source of Vitamin C perfect for fighting off sickness and viruses that may have been picked up over the holidays.
To use- Add a pinch of cayenne and lemon to a glass of warm water and consumer 30 min before eating breakfast. Also try adding cayenne to your cooking for a spice kick and easy detox power.
Ginger- Used commonly to decrease inflammation in our digestive track, ginger is also naturally antibacterial. Ginger helps break down proteins in our body and kill any bacteria in our digestive tract.
To use- Add ginger to your morning cayenne water, or juice up some ginger root with kale and cucumber. Using ginger after your meal will help your stomach digest all the food you consumed.
Rosemary- Antifungal, antiviral, and antibacterial, rosemary is great at cleansing out the liver just like cayenne. In addition to cleansing our congested liver, rosemary increases the efficiency of waste circulation, so our body can easily rid itself of harmful toxins.
To use- Add to cooking or juices. Try inhaling rosemary essential oil for a pick me up or add to any oil blends you already use.
Turmeric- In India, turmeric is known for its use in healing acne and promoting radiant skin as it fights free radical damage. Turmeric increase enzymatic activity which will help in losing weight, as well as been known to help muscle and joint pain through its anti-inflammatory properties.
To use- Try adding turmeric to veggies, rice, or quinoa. Or add 1/4 teaspoon to warm water with ginger and lemon juice. For use on your skin try finding a turmeric soap or lotion at your local natural or Indian market.
Parsley- The high levels of chlorophyll in parsley result in a boost to your immune system as well as decreases inflammation and act as a natural diuretic. Parsley also contains alpha linoleic acid that can help prevent cardiovascular diseases.
To use- juice parsley and add to any juice mix you like or add to your cooking and salads.
Garlic- A couple months ago a whole post was dedicated just to the benefits of garlic, so I will keep this short. Garlic is anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal. When ingested, garlic pulls out toxic substances from your body from processed foods to free radicals, viruses, and heavy metals. Eating garlic daily strengthens the immune system as well as increases circulation
To use- Fall in love with garlic and add it to your cooking!