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A Little Spice Goes a Long Way: The Surprising Benefits of Three Everyday Spices


A Little Spice Goes a Long Way: The Surprising Benefits of Three Everyday SpicesSpices have been a part of human society for thousands of years, with evidence of their use dating as far back as 2000 BC. Throughout human history different cultures have utilized them for food preparation, preservation, and religious ceremonies; and they have even been catalysts for global exploration. Some spices were such rare commodities that they were used for trading. The little, ground pepper flakes you shake onto your meal or salad were once used as currency, and nutmeg found in recipes and snacks was once so valuable that a historian has called it “the iPhone of the 1600s.” We tend to pay less attention to the details in spices these days because they’re so commonplace, but some of these simple additives can provide a pinch of support to your health. Here are some everyday spices with some surprising benefits.


It may come as a surprise that cinnamon provides anything beyond an interesting flavor—both spicy and sweet—to our foods. But this brown spice has been known to help promote healthy blood flow. The chemical responsible for these benefits—cinnamaldehyde—also possesses anti-inflammatory properties. In a 2011 study it was found that the use of cinnamon in diets can also help combat the negative effects of triglycerides found in high-fat meals.


Turmeric, like cinnamon was also mentioned in the same 2011 study as one of the spices that helped lessen the negative effects of meals high in fat. This orange-colored spice is commonly used in Middle Eastern and Southeast Asian cuisines. It is also known for its powerful antioxidant properties, often said to help neutralize or prevent free radical damage. Studies have also shown that turmeric can be a potent ally against joint discomfort, with one researcher commenting that “Turmeric is one of the most potent natural inflammatories available. Other studies found that the main component in turmeric, curcumin, can also support healthy skin, memory, digestion, and cholesterol levels.


Studies have shown that Chinese cultures have benefited from the use of ginger for over 2,000 years. It has been said to relieve symptoms related to upset stomachs and nausea, as well as support daily digestion. It has also been shown to be helpful in aiding colon health by acting as an anti-inflammatory in the colon. Ginger contains antioxidant-like properties as well. A study published in the Journal of Dietary Supplements states that ginger may help alleviate the instances of oxidative stress similar to vitamin E.

Make Your Spice Rack a Health Rack

Who knew these everyday spices held so much potential nutritional benefits? The best part is that they aren’t rare or expensive; they are readily available and lend themselves to a wide range of uses in meals, drinks, and desserts. It is also common to make hot teas out of these spices—try mixing cinnamon, turmeric, and ginger together to make a super-tea when you’re feeling under the weather. Some of the best sources of these ingredients can also be found in specific supplements, giving you exactly what you need in one bottle. So keep your eye on the spice isle and kick-start your health by adding some spice to your health.




A Healthy Smile May Reveal More About Your Health Than You Realize


A Healthy Smile May Reveal More About Your Health Than You RealizeWhen it comes to oral health and hygiene, there’s a universal understanding that it’s important to brush and floss twice daily to protect against cavities. But did you know that research has suggested that your oral health mirrors the health of your whole body? The mouth-body relationship can influence your heart and digestion, as well as your immune system, so the condition of your teeth could indicate the state of your overall health.

Oral Care Beyond the Brush

Proper care for your teeth and gums doesn’t just come from brushing and flossing twice a day; there are many essential vitamins and minerals that can help you keep your teeth, gums, and mouth healthy and clean. Let’s take a look at some of the most important ones you can supplement into your daily nutrition.


Universally known as vital to forming and maintaining healthy bones, calcium can also help strengthen your teeth and your jaw bone where your teeth are set. It is vital for people no matter what their age or gender to get the recommended daily amount of calcium to continue maintaining healthy bone density. Milk is the most well-known source of calcium, but collard greens, tofu, and supplements are also good non-dairy sources of calcium.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D is just important as calcium for strong bones and teeth because it helps your body absorb calcium. Your body produces vitamin D when your skin cells are exposed to sunlight, but if you spend a lot of time indoors you may need to supplement additional vitamin D into your diet, both for you oral and overall health.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C can help reduce inflammation and protect your teeth and gums. It is also crucial to supporting a healthy immune system and helps to form strong connective tissue as well as teeth and gum tissue. Vitamin C is also water soluble, so any excess gets flushed out of your body. It is recommended that people take vitamin C every day, but if you’re getting your vitamin C from fruit juices, limit yourself to 1 glass of juice per day because citric acid in fruit juices can actually wear down tooth enamel.


Water might be the most underrated liquid on the planet. This building block of life, however, also provides oral health benefits. Water helps keep the mouth hydrated by stimulating saliva flow, which cleans your mouth by neutralizing bacteria. It’s recommended that you drink 8 glasses of water a day.

A Few Minutes a Day

Oral hygiene is a lifelong task. But it is one of the easiest tasks you can do to support your well-being. Proper brushing and daily flossing, as well as regular dental checkups can ensure that you will enjoy a healthy smile throughout your life. But there are also foods you can eat between brushing to give your oral health the extra boost needed for a bright and healthier smile.

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What Facial Feature is Often Forgotten in Winter Protection?


What Facial Feature is Often Forgotten in Winter Protection?When frosty, winter weather strikes, many of us prepare for the cold by adding extra layers of clothing to stay protected and comfortable. Our heads, however, usually get nothing more than a hat for protection, leaving our faces—especially our lips—exposed and at the mercy of the elements. Chapped lips and dry skin are nothing new to those who have experienced that cracked, raw feeling from the effects of cold and blustery weather. But while the skin over the rest of your body has many layers to help seal in moisture, your lips only have a thin layer of skin. This makes them prone to losing up to 10 times more moisture than any other part of your face or body.

You'll Only Make It Worse!

Many of us have the immediate instinct to lick our lips when they get dry. However, this only exacerbates the situation. When saliva evaporates it can leave the lips more dehydrated. Saliva is also more than just water; it contains digestive acids that help dissolve food, which can further hinder the health and healing ability of your lips. You may also have the tendency to bite or chew chapped pieces of skin on your lips. This can also slow the healing process, leaving exposed areas of your lips that can lead to possible infections or cold sores.

Vital Protection Tips for Lips

The key to preventing dry heat or cold winds from chapping, cracking, and drying out your lips is to seal in moisture. Use a lip balm to keep your lips hydrated and protected. Good ingredients to look for in lip balms that help seal and hydrate are petrolatum, shea butter, and sunflower seed oil. It's also important to look for products that have SPF protection to help minimize sun damage that can also dry out lips. While you may not have the ability to control the weather, you do possess the ability to protect your lips and skin from the effects of less-than-ideal weather conditions. If you're going outside, carry your lip balm with you; most lip balm tubes fit easily into any pocket. Drink plenty of fluids to help your skin stay hydrated because skin heals better when it has moisture, and breathe through your nose because breathing through your mouth can also cause lips to dry out. Dry lips don't need to be something you have to endure all winter long as long as you're aware that even the smallest parts of your body need winter protection too. So get out that lip balm and pucker up.




Learn How to Protect the Health of Your Skin the All-Natural Way


Learn How to Protect the Health of Your Skin the All-Natural WayThere are many obstacles we often forget about when it comes to skin care. Toxins in the air, makeup, diet, sun exposure, and many more all contribute to an unhealthy environment that demands protection for your skin. But where does the best protection begin? There are many cleansers, face-washes, and other products that claim to support healthy skin, but the best protection naturally starts on the inside.

Where to Start?

Vitamins. Minerals. Nutrients. These three words are used in a lot of claims about health. But did you know that skin protection starts with these very same supplements? Essential vitamins like vitamin C can support healthy skin by aiding the growth and repair of skin tissues. Vitamin C is also an antioxidant, helping to fight free radicals and protect your skin from oxidative damage. Vitamin E is another antioxidant, like vitamin C, that can help protect your skin from free radical damage, as well as toxins in the air and ultraviolet radiation from the sun. It also helps regulate retinol (a form of vitamin A), which is an important component of skin care.

Retinol is used in many topical skin care agents and other anti-aging products because it is key to supporting healthy growth in skin cells. Studies have shown that when retinol is converted to retinoic acid it can help support youthful and radiant-looking skin by protecting the elastic fibers that keep skin taut as well as protecting against age spots and wrinkles. Coenzyme Q10, or CoQ10, is another important and natural antioxidant found in the body that helps protect healthy cells from problems associated with later stages of life. Various factors like age, stress, and medications can cause CoQ10 levels in your body to drop, which can be associated with visible signs of aging that leave your skin cells more prone to free radical damage.

Knowledge and Balance Is Power

Like many areas concerning your health, it’s important to have knowledge of the cause of your problems—such as oxidative damage and lack of proper nutrients—before seeking out the appropriate supplements and products to help combat them. It’s easy to get caught up in the vast amount of products on the market for skin care these days. But in addition to providing topical protection for your skin, you also require natural agents like the aforementioned vitamins and nutrients that support the health of your skin, starting where it counts: on the inside. Everyone yearns for beautiful-looking skin that’s smooth and supple. With the proper knowhow and nutrition, you can take practical steps towards good skin health.



Fight Aging with Food


Fight Aging with FoodEveryone gets older—it's a fact of life. But being older doesn't necessarily mean that you have to look or feel your age, especially if you take care of yourself with the right diet. For years, physicians have touted the importance of a healthy diet and a growing body of research supports this notion. Good health begins with good nourishment, and by consuming healthier foods you may be able to protect your cells and help delay the effects of aging.

Fill Up on Fruits and Veggies

Pollution, sun exposure, and cigarette smoke can generate molecules called free radicals that damage healthy cells. Sometimes the signs of cell damage aren't obvious. In other cases, such as with skin cells, oxidative damage can be visible in the form of dry skin, fine lines, and wrinkles. Fruits and vegetables abound with antioxidants, which is why it's little surprise that they're potent antiaging foods. Besides being a rich source of vitamins and minerals that you need for everyday nutrition, they contain a variety of antioxidant compounds such as carotenoids, flavonoids, and polyphenols that help neutralize free radicals before they can harm healthy cells. Grapes contain a compound called resveratrol which you may have heard of. Resveratrol is the substance in red wine that's responsible for its antiaging properties that have been reported in many scientific journals. Colorful fruits and vegetables—such as carrots, tomatoes, and apricots—contain carotenoids that support healthy vision, skin, and more.

All Fats and Oils Aren't Bad

The Mediterranean diet is considered to be one of the best antiaging diets because it relies heavily on the serving of olive oil and fish in meals. Olive oil contains antioxidants called phenols that help fight inflammation while fatty fish like tuna, mackerel, and sardines contain omega fatty acids that support the heart, brain, joints, hair, and skin.

Sweeten Your Food Choices

Dessert lovers will rejoice to learn that even chocolate can be a potent antiaging food. Dark chocolate contains higher amounts of cocoa phenols that have heart health properties. In one clinical study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association, scientists in Germany found that dark chocolate helped lower blood pressure levels in subjects who had mild high blood pressure. Another double-blind study on cocoa found that volunteers who consumed cocoa with high flavonol content had greater UV protection in their skin cells after consuming cocoa daily for 12 weeks. There's no surefire way to turn back the clock on aging, but with smarter eating habits, you can at least look and feel good for your age. And by choosing foods that you enjoy eating, healthier meals can also be tastier meals.