Herbs and spices to add to your diet this summer

Wednesday 19th April 2023 05:59 EDT

Our digestive system can face various challenges during the summer due to the high temperatures. Dehydration and profuse sweating can lead to electrolyte imbalances, resulting in bloating and water retention. Including suitable herbs and spices in your diet is critical to alleviating heat-related ailments. Certain herbs possess digestive-soothing properties, can prevent spasms, relieve bloating, and provide a refreshing sensation to the body.
Health experts suggest the the human body often kicks into survival mode during dehydration, resulting in water retention and bloating issues. In summer, an electrolyte imbalance can further disturb the fine equilibrium between sodium and potassium in our bodies, causing many heat-related problems.
This article discusses some herbs and spices to add to your body in the summer.
Peppermint possesses unique constituents that have a calming effect on the digestive system. This herb alleviates gut spasms, reduces flatulence and soothes the digestive tract, relieving bloating. There are many ways to add peppermint to your diet.
Tea: One of the most common ways to consume peppermint is through tea. You can steep fresh or dried peppermint leaves in hot water for 5-10 minutes and enjoy it as a refreshing beverage. You can also add honey or lemon to enhance the taste.
Smoothies: Add a few fresh peppermint leaves to your morning smoothie for a refreshing flavour.
Salads: Chop fresh peppermint leaves and add them to your salads for a refreshing twist.
Desserts: Peppermint can be added to desserts such as chocolate mousse or ice cream for a refreshing flavour.
Roasted vegetables: Roast vegetables such as carrots or sweet potatoes with a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of chopped fresh peppermint leaves for a unique and refreshing flavour.
 The active component in this root can stimulate digestion and facilitate the smooth passage of food through the intestines, thereby improving digestive function. Incorporating ginger into one’s diet can promote faster and more efficient digestion, making it an excellent addition to any meal. Ginger tea is a popular way to consume ginger. You can make it by steeping fresh ginger slices in hot water for 5-10 minutes. Add honey and lemon for flavour.
Smoothies: Add a small piece of fresh ginger to your smoothie for a spicy kick.
Soups and stews: Add grated or minced ginger to your soups or stews for added flavour and health benefits.
Stir-fries: Add sliced or grated ginger to your stir-fries for a spicy and aromatic flavour.
Baked goods: Add powdered ginger to baked goods such as cookies or cakes for a warm and spicy flavour.
Salad dressing: Make a homemade dressing with fresh ginger, olive oil, vinegar, and honey for a refreshing, tangy taste.
Renowned for its high nutritional value and potent anti-inflammatory properties, this superfood is an excellent bloating remedy. The seeds are particularly effective in calming intestinal muscles and reducing gas formation, promoting a healthy gut environment. Additionally, the cooling nature of fennel seeds can help alleviate inflammation and discomfort, making them a great choice for post-meal tea.
Fennel seed water: Add a tablespoon of fennel seeds to a glass of water and let it soak overnight. Drink in the morning for a refreshing start to your day.

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