Add these spices to your sweet and savory cooking at least three times a week to aid digestion, reduce bloating, and help manage stress in your body.
Why pepper? Black pepper has antibacterial properties. It's also rich in manganese, iron, potassium, chromium, vitamin C, vitamin K, and fiber. It stimulates our taste buds, signaling hydrochloric acid secretion and improving digestion. Bonus: The outer layer of peppercorn stimulates breakdown of fat cells.
Cayenne and other hot peppers also have capsaicin, which relieves aches and soreness, improves circulation, and aids heart health.
As for cinnamon, it's one of the richest sources of antioxidants. I love it because it reduces inflammation and lowers blood sugar and triglyceride levels. It's also a good source of manganese, iron, and calcium.
How to use it: My favorite way to include these is in chai tea. The blend of medicinal herbs—like ginger, cinnamon, clove, cardamom, and black pepper—make chai a healing powerhouse.