Some people say in order to eat healthy, you have to be on the cardiologist diet...If it tastes good, spit it out!  Not so...Most foods can not only be made to taste better with the right seasoning, but be better for you. Although most spices are excellent sources of antioxidants, cloves rank as the richest source of them all. The abundant health benefits of cloves have been well known for centuries. Cloves have antiseptic and germicidal properties that help fight infections, relieve digestive problems and arthritis pain.

Some of the best are turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, and black pepper. They not only make all food taste better, they are an integral part of a healthy diet.  All you people who don't eat vegetables need to consider how the right spices can bring out flavors that far exceed the best cuts of meat and make you almost bulletproof when it comes to disease.  How?...by supercharging your immune system. Realize first, that your immune system is at least 70 % contained in your gut (your entire digestive system).  Vegetables contain essential enzymes for digestion and are responsible for the majority of the nutrients needed for cell growth and function. So, if you want to avoid the many chronic diseases that are commonplace in our western culture, you need to figure out ways to tolerate what you don't presently like to eat. Spices like garlic, rosemary, oregano, paprika, cayenne pepper, sage, parsley, cilantro, thyme, fenugreek, cardamom, etc.,  can help you with that.  Here is how to construct a healthy gut:
I say "construct" because most people don't have a healthy gut.
    First of all, you must eat more fermented foods.  The reason for this is because proper digestion requires a balance of friendly verses unfriendly bacteria in the gut. All of us have both and that's a good thing, but too much unfriendly bacteria results in constipation, gas, bloating, weight gain, gerd, lack of energy and a number of unpleasantries. It also promotes disease...candida, colon cancer, etc..
    Secondly, we must consume plenty of filtered water to keep things moving through our system (If you eat 3 meals a day, you need to have 3 bowel movements a day).
This requires as much water in ounces as 1/2 your body weight. Few people meet this standard but it is the ideal. One bowel movement per day is essential, but you should add enough fiber to your diet to achieve the best number possible.
    Thirdly, you must have enough fiber in your body to "sweep out" your system.
       I use dried figs  (7-11 grams each)
    Fourthly, the body must be slightly alkaline.  The best way to accomplish that is with lemon in your water.
    Fithly, avoid all processed foods, sugar and wheat flour products and GMO's. The safest way is to eat an organic diet.  Please...no artificial sweeteners; there are no good ones.  Read labels, use your good judgement about what you put in your body.
God made you and he doesn't make junk, but we can make junk of ourselves by not caring for what God gave us.  Email me at flyagain66@gmail.com for questions.
    In conclusion, Use spices to add zest and health to your life. Take a look at this site.

   Some of the best and most healthy spices are from organic peppers you raise in your own garden. Raise a variety of heirloom varieties, save the seeds for next year's planting.  Turmeric, cumin and cinnamon are among the best.

   Note: All nightshade vegetables, such as peppers, egg plant, and potatoes have the natural protective protein lectin in them which can inhibit absorption of minerals and interfere with cell function. Pressure cooking (Instant Pot) works well to alleviate lectins.


Beware of cheap spices. Some cinnamon has been found to contain a large percentage of cellulose (sawdust). I put organic cinnamon in a large variety of foods, even coffee.

1. Drizzle Your Tomatoes With A Little Olive Oil

This culinary combo obviously tastes amazing but also gives us great nutritional benefits. Tomatoes are naturally rich in lycopene, which is a carotenoid believed to protect against cardiovascular disease and cancer. Olive oil actually helps us to absorb lycopene, so make like the Mediterraneans do and get pouring!

2. Power Up Your cruciferous Vegetables

Cabbage, broccoli, brussels sprouts and their close cruciferous cousins have been praised for their ability to prevent a number of cancers. However, did you know that cooked and frozen broccoli can’t actually provide us with sulforaphane (a key anti-cancer compound)? Therefore, simply add a little ground mustard powder after cooking to replace the enzymes needed to power up and release sulforaphane once more!

3. Turmeric & Black Pepper Are The Bonnie & Clyde Of The Spice Kingdom…

Truly a dynamic duo! Turmeric is naturally high in a powerful anti-inflammatory compound called circumin. Black Pepper contains an alkaloid called piperine, which significantly enhances the bioavailability of circumin. So make sure you ‘spice’ up your curries - and your health - with this flavorsome pair. (from foodmatters.com)

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