Whether you have been diagnosed with hypothyroidism or not, I totally swear by the power of these three spices that I’m bringing you here today. If you feel sluggish, tired, or even drained on a constant daily basis, I strongly recommend that you keep reading this blog post and give my suggestion a try. Why? Besides the 5 lifestyle changes I have committed myself to, in order to overcome burnout and empath overload, incorporating these three specific spices in my meal plan has had a huge impact on my overall energy level, health, and wellbeing. I have even been asking myself what kind of sorcery is this!
It’s not really sorcery though. In fact, it’s just nature doing its thing. We have been so detached from ancient gastronomic wisdom that we forget what a difference spices can make in our dishes – and I’m not just talking about flavour or texture here, I’m talking about real medicinal properties. Spices, just like herbs, can help us recover and heal, if applied in the right way. But what spices am I actually talking about in this post? These three: cayenne pepper, black pepper, and ginger. They all have an impact on our metabolism, accelerating and making our energy-conversion-system more efficient. This is great for people who have hypothyroidism-related diseases, including subclinical cases, and people who are looking forward to raise their overall energy levels.
If you asked me, let’s say six months ago, I would say I can’t do too spicy. I once did the mistake of ordering a spicy food during a lunch with my summer school students and guess what… I had to leave earlier because I couldn’t stop crying. From that point on, I assumed I couldn’t do too spicy. Now there’s never too much chilli on my plate, because once I realised how cayenne pepper boosted my energy when I was really low-low, I never went back. It was literally the difference between being laying on bed all afternoon after lunch or being jumping around pretending I’m a Jedi. I kid you not! But besides its effect on our metabolism, cayenne pepper is also said to reduce hunger and aid digestion. Don’t go eating cayenne pepper all the time though, especially if you’re prone to stomach problems. Alternate it with other spices and limit it to the morning or lunch time as you don’t want to be full of energy when bedtime comes.
Black Pepper is another of my favourites. It contains important minerals such as potassium, magnesium and iron, but also vitamins like C and K. Besides its effect on digestion, black pepper is also said to be a natural anti-depressant. Do I really need to say something more about it? Get that black pepper mill ready!
Ginger has became a very popular spice in the last couple of years. People have been putting ginger everywhere. I enjoy it particularly on lemon tea. What people may not know is that ginger has also stimulant effects and it also aids digestion. Ginger has inflammatory properties as well, meaning that it will help you reduce that feeling of being ‘flared up’ on the inside. It’s a good partner-in-crime to manage chronic diseases such as arthritis, chronic pain, and fibromyalgia. Try to add it to your water with some slices of lemon and a few mint leafs.