It’s National Coffee Day, so I have to share about my healthy morning coffee and the secrets of pumpkin spice — plus a recipe! While it seems as though I’m a coffee fiend, I really enjoy a single cup a day. Aside from coffee, I drink a glass of warm lemon water every morning. This is for health reasons, of course.Jump to Recipe
If you didn’t know, I used to have severe, debilitating, muscle aches on a daily basis. Now, I still have the aches on occasion, but they’re usually from eating too much sugar and not as severe as in the past. Lemon juice in warm water helps to hydrate the body and aids in reducing muscle and joint pain. It’s a great source of vitamin C, which helps the immune system, helps maintain a balanced pH system, has antibacterial qualities, promotes digestive health, and it aids in the absorption of calcium. I could go on and on about the benefits of lemon water, but I told you I’d let you know about the benefits of Pumpkin Spice!
It seems as though we’re all divided in the love or hate of the fall pumpkin spice mania; Some people love fall and the spices that come with it while others cringe at the floods of season-related recipes.
I use and enjoy the supposed autumnal spices most of the year. Yes, I do change it up once in a while. We need everything in moderation, and I can’t have my body getting too used to anything. HAH!
What is in Pumpkin Spice?
Pumpkin Spice is made up of four key spices that are good for your health; cinnamon, ginger, cloves and nutmeg.
While we never want to over-do it with anything, cinnamon is a healthy ingredient. I added cinnamon to my regimen because it helps reduce inflammation, which is a factor in my achy body. If you seem to be hungry all day, it may help you out because it aids in regulating blood sugar, which helps decrease that mid-morning bonk where you think you’re hungry. Cinnamon decreases bacteria growth, it’s said to help in preventing tooth decay, prevent some types of cancer, regulate a woman’s cycle, and it’s been shown to reduce dementia and Alzheimer’s.
You might guess that I also included ginger into my routine because of its anti-inflammatory qualities, and you’d be right. Ginger also is said to help reduce the risk of cancer, aids in digestive function, helps to reduce menstrual pain, reduces the risk of heart attack, and it helps to regulate insulin and metabolism.
Benefits of Cloves –
Once again, I add this bountiful spice to my morning coffee because of its anti-inflammatory properties, but that’s not the only benefit. Cloves are high in antioxidants. This spice helps to boost immunity, has anti-carcinogenic qualities, kills bacteria, improves liver health, aids in regulating blood sugar, and promotes bone health.
Are you interested in the spice of the season yet?
If you hadn’t already guessed, you know now — Nutmeg too has anti-inflammatory qualities, which help to reduce pain. It aids in blood circulations, helps to detoxify the body, improves skin health, raises cognitive awareness, boosts the immune system, helps to regulate blood sugar, is a mood booster, and more.
Many people who enjoy the autumn spice combination like it because it reminds them of the outdoors and their connection to nature, which makes us all happy. — The outdoors is one of the keys to health, which is also a keay to happiness.
I found a recipe, so you can make your own Pumpkin Spice and enjoy its benefits, including the innate connection to the outdoors.
Homemade Pumpkin Spice
- 4 tsp ground cinnamon
- 2 tsp ground ginger
- 1 tsp ground cloves
- 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
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