Herbs and Spices for Weight Loss and Healthy Living-Part One

by Maria on February 19, 2013

Did you know that herbs and spices are practically calorie-free but dense in nutrients which keep the body strong and energized during the fat burning process? Plus, they are among the most potent sources of antioxidants, have disease preventing and health promoting properties and may help with fat loss.

Cilantro is a powerful, natural cleansing agent, effective for heavy metals. It may be able to help prevent cardiovascular damage and has anti-diabetic, anti-anxiety and anti antibacterial properties.

Add it to fish and meat near the end of cooking for peak taste.

Dill has a calming effect and aids sleep.  It is a headache remedy, provides free radical protection, can prevent osteoporosis, improves digestive functioning and has anti-bacterial properties.

Add to seafood dishes. Great for cooking with cabbage and onions.

Parsley is a highly nutritious, rich source of antioxidants. It inhibits tumor formation (especially in the lungs). Parsley has anti-inflammatory properties.  It strengthens the body’s immune system, the nervous system as a whole and the composition of our bones. Also, this herb can help ward off cardiovascular diseases, such as heart attack, stroke and atherosclerosis.

Add it to meat and fish dishes near the end of cooking.

Marjoram is used for: runny nose and colds in infants and toddlers, various digestion problems including poor appetite, liver disease, gallstones, intestinal gas and stomach cramps. Other uses include symptoms of menopause, diabetes, sleep problems, muscle spasms, nervous headaches, bruises and back pain, depression, dizziness, migraines, nerve pain and coughs.

Marjoram can be used as a “nerve tonic” and a “heart tonic” and to promote better blood circulation.

Add it to olive oil and salads. Brush it on broiled or grilled fish or meat. Stir it into creamy soups, tomato soup, pasta sauces and lentils. Add to chilli near the end of cooking.

Mint soothes the digestive tract, reduces irritable bowel syndrome, cleanses the stomach and clears up skin disorders such as acne. It helps in eliminating toxins from the body and in whitening teeth, combats bad breath and is a very good blood cleanser.

Peppermint and Spearmint are the most popular varieties for cooking. Use mint to make soothing tea, stir it into fruit salads and add it to liquid when poaching pears or other fruits. Mint can add zest and flavor to many dishes. Use it with lamb and poultry.

So, go ahead and use your herbs! Enjoy!

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