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Spice Things Up!

by Christy Taylor

This may be one of the easiest weight loss tricks EVER!! And you’ll likely find it in your kitchen cabinet!

It’s time to pile on the spices!!

Who would have thought—herbs and spices are not only low calorie flavorings, they have medicinal qualities too! Ginger and turmeric have anti-inflammatory properties, which help to suppress aches and pains. Cajun seasoning and other spicy seasonings can help rev the metabolism and suppress your appetite!

Here’s five more:

Cinnamon

As little as one teaspoon of cinnamon per day can boost the body's weight-loss ability by reducing blood sugar and promoting healthier processing of carbohydrates. It also lowers cholesterol by 7 to 27%!

Cayenne
Studies have found Cayenne acts as an appetite suppressant AND increases fat oxidation—helping the body to shed excess weight.

Black Pepper
Black Pepper has the ability to improve digestion and promote the absorption of nutrients in tissues all over the body. Plus, it boosts fat metabolism by as much as 8% for several hours after ingesting it. Freshly ground pepper works best!

Mustard Seed

Spicy mustard also helps boost metabolism and allows you to burn fat more quickly. Scientists recently found that eating just one teaspoon of hot mustard can "boost metabolism 20 to 25% for several hours after eating, resulting in an additional burn of about 45 calories if a 700-calorie meal is consumed."

Ginger
Ginger has long been used for its medicinal properties, but it’s also an effective diuretic, it improves digestion and hinders the absorption of cholesterol.