Use Herbs and Spices to Super Charge Your Meals

Most people don’t realize that herbs and spices contain large amounts of extremely beneficial compounds.  They also help flavor food and give a meal a true, individual flavor.  For example, last night I prepared my “simple sausage” recipe.  I used powdered sage, oregano leaves, thyme leaves, garlic powder, salt and pepper to season it.  I also mixed in fresh chopped onion and fennel which is the secret to this exceptionally tasty sausage recipe.


Getting back to the herbs, each of the seasonings used adds a unique flavor but also a bounty of good nutrition.  Sage for example has anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant value.  It has also been used for centuries as a remedy for a number of conditions, including disorders of the mind and mental processes. Many of these herbs do share a number of properties but much like different vegetables, each has its own unique concentrations of nutrients and specific substances that benefit health.




Using a variety of herbs and spices in your meal preparation is a great way to add new flavors to prevent food from becoming boring and adding additional nutrition to your meals.   Imagine using several herbs on one meal per day for a year.  At the end of one year how many more valuable micronutrients have you consumed compared to if you had not used any seasonings at all that year?  That is the power of doing something small every day to benefit your health.


Many seasonings we use all the time are very good for us.  Black pepper for example helps with digestion and is a potent source of anti-oxidants provided is has not been sitting in the shaker for over 3 months.  I recommend getting a grinder and grinding it fresh whenever I use it.  Black pepper can also help facilitate the absorption of other nutrients in other foods so you actually get more out the foods you eat if you eat them with black pepper.

Remember, variety is the spice of life and adding a new flavor to a tried and true recipe can be a fun and rewarding experience and helps improve your health!

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Austin EricksonAbout the Author

Dr. Austin Erickson is a chiropractor with offices in Glenwood City and the 4 Corners near New Richmond, Wisconsin. He is an expert at combining chiropractic treatment with nutritional advice to achieve excellent results. He has cured himself of psoriasis and autoimmune related arthritis using his protocols. Connect with him on Twitter and Google+


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