Spice Spotlight: The Amazing Benefits of Black Pepper

Now we all know the key to good cooking is the seasoning, and one spice that is a must have for your next meal is black pepper!

Now people may know pepper is a spice that has been around for thousands of years, but what some people may NOT know is pepper is known as one of the healthiest foods in the world, and it has many health benefits.

For example, pepper has manganese, which helps protect the skin against oxygen related damage, AND helps protect the skin against damage from ultraviolet light. (Now that is great info to keep in mind for the summer.)

Pepper can also improve digestion, which can help alleviate problems of diarrhea, colic, constipation and intestinal gas. Pepper can make a person sweat and  urinate, which helps remove toxins from the body.

McCormick Table Ground Black Pepper, 16 oz

Pepper also helps break down fat cells in the body, allowing a person to shed weight naturally.

It’s also an antioxidant and has antibacterial properties.

Now if that isn’t enough, pepper also has vitamin K, copper, and even small amounts of fiber, calcium, and iron!

If you add pepper to meat you’re cooking on the grill, add it near the end of the cooking process. Pepper tends to lose its flavor if cooked too long.

Here are a few more great spices to add to your recipes:

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Simply Organic Starter Spice Gift Set

When people think of medicine, they think of going to the doctor and getting a prescription, or something over the counter. In actuality, a great form medicine comes from the foods you eat. Traditional medicine (medicine from the doctor) focuses on treating someone after they become ill. That treatment usually places emphasis on alleviating the symptoms.

On the other hand, “alternative” medicine (Chinese medicine) makes an attempt to get to the source of the health issue, as well prevention. The goal is too keep the body healthy, in an effort to decrease the chances of becoming sick, or decreasing the severity of ailments.  One way to use Chinese medicine is by adding more spices such as black pepper and others to your daily diet.

The more you partake in Nature’s Medicine Cabinet, the less medicine you’ll need from the doctor. Change your mindset when it comes to medicine: make an effort to eat a variety of spices daily as if they are medicine. Your body will thank you.

In addition to black pepper, a strong mind and body are keys to good health. Get more great tips in my books The Three Pillars of Strength; Increasing Your Physical, Mental, and Spiritual Fitness, and The Diet of Success: Healthy Eating Tips for Hard Working Professionals. 

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