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7 Herbs And Spices That Will Keep Your Body Cool

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Even though the monsoon is here, the moment the sun is out, it starts to get hot. Sometimes, overbearingly hot with excess humidity in play. When this happens, it makes us crave for cold, creamy ice cream which throws a wrench in our successful diet plans. However, the surprising news, is that ice cream doesn’t actually cool down your body for very long. When you initially ingest ice cream, it will lower your body temperature, but when it hits your stomach and digestion begins your body temperature rises. To keep the body cool, ancient Indian medicine (Ayurveda) recommends consuming spices that promote cooling. Spices are one of the most potent plant foods in terms of antioxidants and bio-active compounds. According to Ayruveda’s 5,000 year old food philosophy, there are plenty of everyday spices that can even help cool the body when outside temperatures become unbearable.

Have a look at the ones that promise to keep your body cool.

1. Fennel Seeds

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Fennel seed, a powerful antioxidant, has the added benefit of stimulating intestinal juices, promoting proper digestion, and reducing acid reflux. Try chewing a teaspoon of fennel seeds before and after your next main meal. These cooling seeds also keep the breath fresh and promote good oral hygiene.

2. Mint

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Few herbs are as diverse as the mint. It is packed with menthol which acts as a remedy for indigestion and chest pains. It disperses the excess energy released due to the digestive process by opening up and activating the pores in the skin and thus, pacifies the aggravated fire in our body or pitta.

3. Cilantro/Coriander Leaves

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It tones down the excess of fire or pitta in our body caused due to the heat. Its high volatile oil content makes it a great relaxant and helps relieve anxiety. The powder, the seeds and the fresh leaves are packed with a vibrant nutritional punch. They improve appetite and aid digestion.

4. Cinnamon

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This unique spice can help cool you down in the summer and warm you up in the winter. An iced cinnamon tea can help reduce inflammation, lower your cholesterol and increase brain power. Cinnamon can also regulate your desire for sweet foods and can help keep a check on blood sugar levels.

5. Cumin

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In small amounts, cumin seeds and ground cumin can be cooling for the body. Not only that, cumin may also aid detoxification and remedy gas and bloating. Cumin is a savory spice that can be used in grain dishes, vegetable recipes and soups.

6. Turmeric

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This wonder spice is an Ayurvedic favourite. Spices with a bitter characters are known for their cooling mojo. It reduces pain and swelling in the body. It cleanses the liver juices and purifies the blood. Turmeric also contains curcumin, a chemical that promotes healthy heart functions.

7. Saffron

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Saffron can lift any spirit, and consuming this spice may also raise your mood. Another cooling spice that is extremely versatile, saffron is known for its prominent place in paella, curries and rubs; it is also a great addition to tea and beverages.

Tell us your favorite spice that fills your world with an enticing aroma!

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