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Spices that improve digestion and boost immunity

As the weather is intense, it can make us more susceptible to cough, colds, flu, and other bugs that get the better of us.

Many of the spices used during the winter months can actually help boost our immunity and improve our digestion. Here are the spices you should be including into your favorite dishes so you can feel your best all winter long,

Nutmeg (Jaifal)

Nutmeg is a high mineral spice, containing magnesium, potassium, and zinc, which help protect against the dreaded cold and flu season. The rich magnesium content of nutmeg has also been found to help with relaxation and sleep.

Turmeric

Due to its anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antiviral properties, it has been used since ancient times in Ayurvedic medicine. The active ingredient, curcumin, has excellent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits.

Try turmeric in teas, smoothies, and juices.

Ginger

One of the best known digestive aids, ginger contains the active compound gingerol, which has been shown to help indigestion, nausea, and vomiting. This same compound also has anti-inflammatory properties, assisting in relief of joint pain and inflammation.

Cardamom

Both a digestive aid and an antiseptic, the essential oil of cardamom is one of the few spices that has high amounts of iron and manganese.

The oil of cardamom can be used topically to heal infections and as an anesthetic. In many countries, the entire pod of cardamom was boiled with ginger and other spices to relieve digestive discomfort after dinner.