Spice up you life: The incredible benefits of spicy food Spice up you life: The incredible benefits of spicy food

Spice up you life: The incredible benefits of spicy food

Tired of being told not to eat spicy food or that spicy food is not good for your health? No problem. We're going to help you.

We've highlighted in this article some of the health benefits of adding spice to your dishes.

And it all boils down to one strange word: capsaicin. It's a substance found mostly in hot peppers or chili, and it's basically responsible for most of the benefits of spice.

1. I SWEAT-I LIVE BETTER

We sweat because eating spicy food raises our body temperature and this increases our metabolism

A dose of spice in your food makes you sweat. It may be uncomfortable, but it's very healthy. We sweat because eating spicy food raises our body temperature and this increases our metabolism and burns more calories faster. So if you eat a curried rice pudding and you see the drops fall on your forehead, don't be mad. Think that you're burning off a few pounds at it.

2. CIRCULATION MARATHON

Eating spicy food improves circulation and fights inflammation

The spice speeds up our heart and that increases the blood flow. Eating spicy food improves circulation and fights inflammation of the arteries, because the content of vitamins A and C helps to strengthen the artery walls. That's good for the heart.

3. EAT CHILI AND SLEEP

Eating spicy food helps you sleep

Researchers from several universities found that eating spicy food helps you sleep: people who eat spicy food fall asleep more easily and also have a milder wake-up call and more energy during the day.

4. COLDS, BE GONE

Spicy food helps getting rid of colds

Capsaicin, the substance found mostly in hot peppers or chili, balances the body's temperature in case of fever and helps to open the respiratory vessels in case of congestion, sinusitis, or any infection related to the respiratory system such as bronchitis or asthma.

5. BETTER DIGESTION, IF YOU DON'T OVERDO IT

Spicy food helps digestion because it increases the secretion of mucous in the stomach.

Spiciness and ulcers? Dreadful combination. It is believed that the consumption of spice causes ulcers and other problems in the digestive system. Excess does, and if a problem already exists, eating too much spicy food will only make it worse. For others, studies show that spicy  food helps digestion because it increases the secretion of mucous in the stomach. Capsaicin also helps kill certain bacteria, such as helicobacter pylori, and helps control some minor ailments. However, great care must be taken by those with liver or urinary tract problems. Also, as with everything, moderation is key.

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