The riggers of running long distances temporarily lowers your immune system. When you put your body under stress, your body churns out the stress hormone – cortisol. This hormone suppresses the immune functions, hence lowering our immune system. Here are some spices that will help you boost your immune system to keep falling sick at bay.

Why Spice It Up?

Did you know spices help boost your metabolism? – Yes, your spice rack holds a hidden power. Having a higher metabolism means your body burns more calories. Boost your metabolism by adding these herbs when you cook. Not only does it take your cooking up one notch, it’s healthy eating!

#1 Garlic

Garlic is a great antioxidant and is known to help fight cold and flu due to the presence of the compound – allicin.

#2 Ginger

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Ginger is very well known for it’s anti-inflammatory capabilities. This is in addition to it’s ability to quell nausea. Ginger also improves blood circulation – much needed for recovery.

#3 Tumeric

The bright yellow colour spice gets it’s colour from cucurmin. It’s anti-inflammatory, it’s anti-tumor, anti-bacterial, anti-viral and an antioxidant. it’s trademark health benefits are immense.

#4 Cayenne Pepper

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Cayenne Pepper is a great anti-oxidant. It also has great anti-inflammatory properties making it a great spice for a runner. It’s spicy kick also makes food really tasty.

#5 Cinnamon

Cinnamon is well known to help you weld off the cold because it is a great immune stimulator. It also has anti-inflammatory properties and helps regulate blood sugar levels.

These spices are a great way to flavour your meals. This way, you can reduce using too much salt. For instance, you cayenne pepper to give your grilled chicken breast some kick instead of using too much salt. Or, use more garlic to cook your vegetables instead of salt and soy sauce.

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