The holiday season is a time for traditional comfort foods. I love this time of year and all the goodies that go with it, however tis is also the season for foods loaded with sugar, hydrogenated oils, & preservatives. The rub here is that these holiday classics do nothing to support our health. This seasonal binge sends many of us off into the new year with a zapped energy level and lowered immunity and sometimes a terrible winter cold or influenza.
There are a bonanza of natural foods, herbs, & spices that are exploding with the tastes and textures we love. Why is it that we buy into the “hypnotic-holiday trans-fats and processed foods? Make this year different, by arming yourself with superfoods,herbs and spices that will give you an immunity boost and the energy to get through the holiday hustle and bustle unscathed.
Give these four darlings of the nutritional world, a try.
Cinnamon: It’s powerful essential oils are known for their “anti-microbial” factors. Cinnamon helps to balance blood sugar by stimulating insulin receptors, giving them a stronger affinity for the blood-sugar lowering hormone. If this is not enough, the mere scent of cinnamon has been shown to powerfully stimulate regions of the brain allowing for greater attention span & memory.
Cacao: contains a group of powerful anti-oxidants. Cacao is rich in minerals such as magnesium, calcium, iron, zinc, copper, potassium and manganese. Craving a yummy? Cacoa is Great in a winter smoothie!
Goldenseal- has broad spectrum antibiotic activity, mucous membrane tonic, immune stimulating; specific for congestive and inflammatory states of mucous membranes – studies suggest that taking 2 ml. of tincture three times per day to help resolve infections.
Rosemary-is exceptionally rich in many B-complex, vitamin A, folic acid, pantothenic acid, pyridoxine, riboflavin and contains high levels of folates; Vitamin A is known to have antioxidant properties and is essential for vision. It is also required for maintaining healthy mucus membranes and skin. Consumption of natural foods rich in vitamin A is known to help body protect from lung and oral cavity cancers. Use rosemary to steam colds and flu away. Try rosemary in your cookie recipe this season!
As always, consult your health care provider before starting any regimen that includes herbs etc. These suggestions are meant to be Food for Thought and are not medical recommendations!