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5 Spices that Help Heal Your Digestive System

August 23, 2012

When your stomach is upset, eating spices to soothe the pain isn’t usually the first thing that comes to mind. But if you spice up your food on a regular basis, you may find that your digestion improves.

That’s because certain spices can reduce inflammation, stimulate digestive fire, and prevent flatulence, among many other health-giving properties.

Here are five healing spices that may already be in your pantry:

Black pepper: This common spice has a stimulating effect on digestive organs, and can help increase the flow of saliva and gastic juices. Grind freshly cracked pepper on just about anything.

Cardamom: A slightly sweet spice, it helps boost your digestive fire and removes flatulence. Sprinkle with cinnamon over hot breakfast rice or add to cooked beans for an exotic Indian flavor.

Coriander: This seed contains oils that offer high levels of cell-protecting antioxidants. It also works like an antispasmodic drug, relaxing the contractive digestive muscles that cause discomfort from disorders such as IBS. Use coriander in hearty stews or in spice rubs on roasts.

Cumin: Commonly used in Indian and Mexican foods, it helps relieve flatulence. For nearly instant relief, chew a spoonful of seeds, or brew a tea from seeds and drink after a meal.

Turmeric: This root has anti-inflammatory properties, and is traditionally used to help heal cuts, bruises and burns. Raw turmeric juice can also be used to treat hyper-acidity and indigestion.

What other pantry items have you found to have healing properties? Let us know in the comments.