why digestive spices are winter's MVP


(que GOT)


which is the most epic time to pump yourself up with polyphenol rich, warming, digestive-enhancing herbs and spices. 

we're talking;

black pepper, cardamon, cayenne pepper,
chilli, cinnamon, clove, coriander, 
cumin, fennel, fenugreek, horseradish,
garlic, ginger, nutmeg, paprika, turmeric

you know, all these goodies.

All 16 of these awesome spices improve our circulation, fire up our digestive juices and help to break down our food, so we're able to utilise it's nutrients as effectively as possible. And this is important because if we're not able to utilise our nutrients, whats the point in even eating good foods?

the inability to digest and absorb nutrients is super common as so many of us millennial's are walking around with sluggish digestion, leaky gut or intestinal permeability, inflammation in our digestive track, IBS, we're constipated or can't poop, and feeling the havoc of fatigue, irritability, flatness, tiredness, bloating, cramps and all those other cascades. 

So incorporating as many of these spices into your winter life will help you fight off those evil mother fuckers and feel better!

saying this, i'm no Ayurvedic practitioner / expert, and i'm aware that not everyone benefits from warming spices, such as those who tend to run really hot (pitta i think?),

but hey, everyone's a human being and a lot of us have shit digestion, are inflamed, always getting sick, so i say lets roll the dice and play around and see how ya feel!

so what can warming spices do for you?

they can reduce inflammation (inflammation is at the core root if all disease, dis-ease, pain, redness, stiffness, injuries, brain fog, auto-immune, cancer, CVD...)

fight and kill off unwanted bacteria (this means flu and cold bugs, many of these herbs such as garlic enhance our immune system and white blood cells)

improve your micro biome composition aka good bugs to bad bugs ratio (this can decrease food cravings, weight gain, brain fog, IBS, improve energy, memory, cognition, skin, libido)

clean our blood (improving our overall wellbeing, increasing iron absorption, detoxification / waste removal)

improve our antioxidant systems to protect us against free radicals that hurt our DNA (such as environmental pollutant, plastics, artificial additives, cancer enhancers)

clear our mucus and our respiratory tract (great for if we do fall sick, or consume dairy, as dairy is mucus forming)

are antiseptic, anti-microbial, anti-viral (bye bye unwanted pathogens, parasites, viruses and bacteria)

help to relieve flu and cold symptoms (again, win win, working on modulating our white blood cells, T helper cells and immune system)

increase our body temperature and enhance our metabolism (great for when we're feeling cold, not wanting to go outside and move, experiencing bloating, IBS, etc)

improve blood circulation (again, get that blood moving, get those toxins out, and nutrients in, if we experience poor blood flow we tend to have really cold extremities / feel the cold a lot)

improve the digestion of fatty, heavy foods (help break down and utilise our fats)

and aid in detoxification pathways and processes (their varying polyphenol content see's them supporting our liver and kidneys - key detoxification organs, our skin, improving sweating to get them out, flushing, urination)

just to name a few lol.

adding them in on a consistent basis over the next few months is awesome and ideal, we're talking chai's, curry's, man any kind of cooked food really, a lot of the spices mentioned are the core of numerous cultural cuisines - South American, Asian, Indian, African, European, so you've kinda got a lot of leeway.

You can even pop some of them like cinnamon, nutmeg and turmeric into baking, like brownies or porridge, or to your smoothies to warm them up, pancakes, bliss balls, like too many options. a quick google search of "warming spices recipes" will flood you with ideas and options.

okie, thats all for right now. 

any questions, hit me in the DM's @themillennailnutritionist


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