Have you ever devoured a delicious meal still savoring the taste explosions, wondering just what was in the food to make it taste so good? Perfectly seasoned food is something that keeps the crowd coming back. Often times following that tasty meal many experience bloating, belching, headaches, achy joints and/or insomnia.  If you do  sleep, it is often a challenge to actually open your eyes upon waking. By the time you find the mirror, your face looks almost twice the size as usual.  Water retention is the least of your problems, as a few glasses of fresh filtered water and a trip or two to the restroom will take care of that.  The problem is, this will be a vicious cycle unless you pinpoint the culprit.unnamed.jpg
Seasonings make food come alive.  They have been around for centuries.  However, artificial flavors, colors, iodized salt, hydrogenated oils and chemicals like MSG (and all it’s alias’s) have made it’s way into our foods, specifically our seasonings.  The label on the left is one example of  what is lurking on our grocery store shelves.  Spices do more than flavor our food. The right combination of dried spices can have significant healing effects on the body, effects that do not include any of my above banter.
 The Keyes Ingredients Season 2 Episode 4
Making your own spiced dry rubs for meats and taco seasoning is quick and easy.  You will enjoy that delicious meal, skip out on unwanted symptoms, build your immune system and decrease inflammation. Taco salad is a staple in our house.   Our Roast beef recipe will have your company talking.
Here are a list of my go to spices and their health benefits:
Cumin is a good source of iron, manganese, and other vitamins and minerals. Some research shows that cumin can stimulate the production of pancreatic enzymes and aid in digestion. Cumin seeds are said to have anti-cancer properties.
Turmeric is anti-inflammatory, increases antioxidant properties in the body,  curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric  boosts levels of a brain hormone which increases the growth of new neurons and fights various degenerative processes in the brain. It is known for lowering blood pressure and lands itself at the top of the anti-cancer list. It has incredible benefits against depression as well.  
Himalayan salt regulates the water content throughout your body.  It promotes a healthy pH balance in your cells, particularly your brain cells.  It is made up of 84 minerals and trace minerals and promotes blood sugar health. It also helps to reduce the signs of aging, all these benefits with no bloating.
Granulated garlic boosts the immune system and is the number one ingredient on the anti-cancer  list.  It is beneficial due to it’s high sulphur content, it helps increase your iron intake, and is a great source of manganese and phosphorus.  
Paprika is what I refer to as the beauty spice. It benefits both  hair and skin.  It has been known to lower blood pressure, and decrease inflammation.  it’s vitamins include A, B-6, C and E, which explains those beauty benefits;)
Dried Onion is high in sulphur and has significant calcium, potassium and magnesium. The American Chiropractic Association estimates that 68-80 percent of Americans are deficient in magnesium.  
Chill powder fights inflammation and is a natural pain reliever.  It helps clear congestion, boosts immunity and naturally lowers blood sugar.
I hope you enjoy the benefits of using these health promoting spices.  Recently, I was approached by a local farm  and asked to supply them with The Keyes ingredients dry spice mixes.  So, if you want me to make it for you just visit www.yonderwayfarm.com or place your order at Woodlands Family Chiropractic by calling 936.447.9484
Until next time… go ahead and spice it up!
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