There’s a big misconception that for food to be healthy and nutritious, they have to be bland. That’s so far from the truth! We believe in that order to use food to heal the body, it has to be delicious!
On top of being a nutrition and wellness expert, Just Add Water™ founder, Serena Poon, is a classically trained chef who graduated from the esteemed Le Cordon Bleu. One of her secrets to enhancing her dishes in both taste and health benefits? Spices!
Below are three spices that you should stock up to enhance your meals and body:
Cinnamon is a well-known spice that many of us already have in the pantry. While we associate cinnamon mostly as a dessert flavoring (cinnamon buns, anyone?), it’s actually incredibly versatile due to its sweet and savory flavor. Throughout history, it’s also been used for its medicinal properties. Cinnamon is rich in protective polyphenols and flavonoids, giving it antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic, anti-microbial and immune system-boosting properties!
Star Anise is commonly used in Asian recipes to give dishes a warm, licorice flavor. It’s also one of the ingredients in the popular five-spice powder. Both Traditional Chinese Medicine and Indian Ayurveda use Star Anise to warm the body and to boost circulation. In modern medicine, Star Anise was found to contain shikimic acid, a potent anti-viral that is currently used as the main active ingredient in the flu treatment, Tamiflu.
One of the biggest wellness trends of 2018 is Golden Milk, a delicious Ayurvedic elixir featuring turmeric. That’s because turmeric is not only delicious and warming, it’s also high in anti-inflammatory and contains antioxidant properties. Traditional Chinese Medicine often uses turmeric to help women with menstrual issues. New studies are showing that curcumin, found in turmeric, may also help with rheumatoid arthritis due to its high anti-inflammatory nature!
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Here’s everything you need to know about these balancing super herbs and mushrooms called, Adaptogens! “Adapt” is the root word because these magical sources literally balance the chemicals released during your body’s stress response, helping you to readjust and reharmonize your systems back to equilibrium. This specific group of herbs and mushrooms tweak your body’s responses to hormonal triggers and physiological responses by mocking \ matching the signalers your body usually reacts to. Adding adaptogens helps your body function properly - from your mind, to your immune system, to your energy!
Staying home and staying healthy with proper nutrition is essential. We hope to simplify your self-care efforts to stay safe with our superfood, gut-healing, immune system supporting packets.