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Looking for ways to boost your health with diet? Adding in herbs and spices may be the simplest way. Turmeric, ginger, garlic and peppermint are some of the top herbs and spices with health boosting properties. Here are a few things you should know about these four herbs and spices, including tips on how you can add them to your daily diet.

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Turmeric

Turmeric is an orange-colored spice that is used for its medicinal benefits for joint pain, fatigue and more.

Easy ways to add turmeric to your diet:

  • Add a sprinkle of turmeric powder to scrambled eggs, rice or soup.
  • Toss fresh vegetables in 1TBSP of turmeric powder, 1 TBSP of olive oil and 2 TBSP of water.
  • Blend ¼ TSP of turmeric powder or raw turmeric it into a smoothie.
  • Steep 2 TSP of fresh grated turmeric in hot water and drink as tea.
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Ginger

Ginger is loaded with nutrients. It also has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.

Easy ways to add ginger to your diet:

  • Add 1TBSP of fresh ginger root to a smoothie or juice.
  • Throw 1 TSP of fresh or dried ginger into your stir fry.
  • Peel and steep a 2-inch piece of fresh ginger root in boiling water with 1 sliced lemon to drink as tea.

Garlic

Historically, garlic has been used for medicinal purposes across the globe to help combat the common cold, high-blood pressure and other ailments.

Easy ways to add garlic to your diet:

  • Throw in 3 cloves of minced garlic when cooking vegetables like broccoli, carrots or spinach.
  • Add a few cloves of fresh garlic to soups, salsa or pasta sauces.
  • Sprinkle minced or powdered garlic on top of buttered toast.

Peppermint

Peppermint has been used for health purposes for thousands of years. Some uses include as a treatment for headaches, irritable bowel syndrome and more.

Easy ways to add peppermint to your diet:

  • Throw 3 or 4 sliced mint leaves into a fresh fruit salsa or salad.
  • Mix 1 TBSP of finely chopped mint leaves in with Greek yogurt and berries.
  • Add 15 mint leaves to boiling water to drink as a tea.

Sources:

  • UnitedHealthcare

 

The information provided is for general informational purposes only and is not intended to be medical advice or a substitute for professional health care. You should consult an appropriate health care professional for your specific needs.

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