Jack’s Blog – Paw’s Up to Spices That Keep You Healthy

Are you lacking the go, go, go after the ho-ho-ho holidays? Jack, our gifted Cairn terrier guest blogger, is here to offer some tips for people on how to spice up their bodies in a very healthy well. Okay, a little confession here from me, founder of Four Legged Life. Jack was greatly helped with this column from his pet parent, Dawn Celapino, owner of Leash Your Fitness. With her nutrition knowledge — and having a pair of thumbs for keyboard typing, she helped Jack produce this health-filled blog post:

What is your favorite spice? Personally, I put cinnamon on EVERYTHING from oatmeal, yogurt, cottage cheese and even eggs! I love it! It is also VERY good for you. There are many spices that are good for you, the top 5 on my shelf….
1. Cinnamon: comes from tree bark and contains essential oils that help stimulates the circulatory system with its anti-clotting properties which may help in lowering triglycerides and cholesterol. It can also help with inflammation. Recent studies have found that it also has anti-bacterial functions which may help with the dreaded candida. It also slows the rate of stomach emptying after a meal, therefore reducing the rise in blood sugar.
2. Garlic: A vegetable that contains the photochemical allicin which has been shown to stimulate cancer-fighting enzymes, lower cholesterol, triglyceride levels and blood pressure. Its main function is to protect our cells and vessels from inflammatory and oxidative stress. It also helps as an anti-bacterial and anti-viral “medicine” helping to fight infections. It is high in selenium, manganese and Vitamins B6 and C. It is best to be eaten after chopped or crushed as this releases the alliinase enzymes.
3. Tumeric: is a root that is crushed and used in many curry dishes. The active ingredient, curcumin, is a strong anti-inflammatory agent. It is used to treat osteo- and rheumatoid arthritis with its strong anti-oxidant qualities. It also has been shown to fight cancer and help with bowel disease by reducing the size and number of cancer cells. Tumeric also has promise to help fight Alzheimer’s disease, lower triglyceride and help detoxify our livers.
4. Ginger: most people know this root for its upset tummy qualities, hence: Ginger Ale. It is great for motion sickness and/or nausea. Ginger has been known to also have anti-inflammatory properties that will help with osteoarthritis and topically for rheumatoid arthritis. It is also used as a cold/flu remedy because of its immune building properties.
5. Cayenne Pepper: this vegetable contains capsaicin which is said to stimulate thermogenesis which turns up the metabolism helping in weight loss. It is high in Vitamin A and beta carotene and other anti-oxidants that will help against bacteria and viruses. Because of its high capsaicin content, it is an excellent pain reliever and anti-inflammatory agent. If you ever noticed that when you eat cayenne pepper your nose runs that is because it is relieving congestion and as an added plus, it is also boosting your immunity!

There are many spices that help fight common ailments that we reach for the medicine cabinet to treat. If you are suffering from an ailment like headaches, congestion, arthritis, diabetes, or any cardiovascular issues you may want to check out your spice cabinet first!

As for your dog, garlic, onions, and nutmeg are among the spices that should be avoided.
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