Nutritionist Julie Daniluk, host of the Z Living's popular show Healthy Gourmet, recently published a new book called The Hot Detox Plan, a nutrition philosophy and detox centered around warming foods and anti-inflammatory ingredients improves digestion and overall health. Spices, particularly warming spices, are a big part of it. Check out more about Healthy Gourmet here and find out where to watch the show.
Daniluk came up with the diet in the The Hot Detox Plan after visiting a traditional Chinese medicine doctor, who claimed Daniluk was "damp," and needed three months of hot meals to get healthy. “She also prescribed a lot of warming spices,” Daniluk told us in a recent interview.
Here are the warming spices Daniluk now swears by — and why you should add them into your own diet:
In The Hot Detox Plan, Daniluk writes, “turmeric, known for its intense yellow-orange color, is a deeply warming spice that has powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.” Daniluk discusses in the book how turmeric can improve circulation, protect your kidneys, and decrease inflammatory damage. She also writes, “to best reap the proven healing benefits of turmeric root, grate 1 tablespoon of fresh root onto your food before eating.”
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Daniluk writes, “this fragrant root has been used to soothe an upset stomach for centuries. Scientists have found that ginger suppresses the release of vasopressin, a hormone thought to be responsible for the feeling of motion sickness.” She goes on to talk about how ginger helps with nausea during pregnancy, and how it has a cleansing effect on the digestive tract. In The Hot Detox Plan, Daniluk exposes the culinary versatility of ginger, using it in soups, shakes, and dressings.
In breaking down coriander, Daniluk tells us that the seed used for the spice comes from the coriander herb, which is also known as cilantro. The warming spice helps lower blood pressure, reduce cholesterol, and it works as a pivotal ingredient in a curry powder recipe, and a sauerkraut recipe from Daniluk’s The Hot Detox Plan. She writes, “studies show that people who suffer from the abdominal pain, cramping and bloating of irritable bowel syndrome see improvements after taking coriander seeds, as the spice possess antispasmodic properties that help to relax the overactive muscles of the digestive tract.”
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Cardamom is a popular spice in South Asian cooking, which Daniluk describes as, “the queen of spices.” It falls in line with other warming spices in its abilities to decrease inflammation and promote healthy digestion. Daniluk also speaks to cardamom’s ability to reduce symptoms of gastrointestinal disorder, improve blood pressure, as well as battle cavities and bad breath.
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Cinnamon is one of the most popular warming and baking spices out there, which, according to Daniluk, “helps to reduce dampness in the body by increasing circulation. It is antiseptic, an excellent digestive tonic, and known to act like insulin.” She goes on to discuss how cinnamon helps reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease amongst people with type two diabetes, and how 1 teaspoon per day of cinnamon can significantly reduce muscle soreness after an intense workout.