Updated December 22nd, 2023 at 23:30 IST
Love spicy food? Here are 5 super spices that will keep you warm through the winters
From peppercorns to cinnamon, here's taking a look at super spices that will help maintain natural body warmth during harsh winter months.
Contending with lowering temperatures comes with a whole set of lifestyle changes which takes a bit of time to implement as one makes the switch from the sweltering and warm summer months to the dark and cool days. The kind of food one ingests during this time, however, can play a huge role in the upkeep of one's health as our bodies adjusts to the persisting cold.
Pepper for coughing
A sore throat and dry cough are often the first tell tale signs of our bodies trying to grapple with the changing weather. Pepper in this regard - both white and black, have a strong but malleable flavour profile, adding that extra kick to savoury delights like soups and curries or warm beverages like brewed tea.
Additionally, pepper also immensely helps in regulating the immune system while bringing relief to our throats.
Red chillies for blood pressure
The capsaicin present in red chillies goes a long way in helping the body decongest - a rather common eventuality during the winter months. This in turn, helps us breath easier.
Additionally, the potassium present in the red chillies helps relax blood vessels thereby regulating blood pressure.
Ginger for immunity
Ginger, either whole, or in spice form, has a whole plethora of benefits. Not only does it have a spicy kick to it - one that can be manipulated across both sweet and savoury dishes and drinks, but is an instant immunity booster.
It also definitively keeps the body warm, a necessity during winters.
Cloves for oral health
An old hack to deal with a nagging sore throat, has been to chew on cloves. The oils from the same, not only regulate the bodies immunity but also help warm the body.
Additionally, cloves are a strong spice for oral benefits owing to its anti-microbial properties.
Cinnamon for metabolism
Cinnamon has a sweet tinge and smell to it, making it a pleasant spice. Using it to add complexity to flavour in desserts or conversely using it as a neutralising spice in savoury dishes - either way, cinnamon is a miracle spice when it comes to boosting metabolism.
Published December 22nd, 2023 at 23:30 IST