Wednesday, September 30, 2015

5 Spices To Help Your Little One's Overall Health
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There's just something about this image up here that makes my mouth kind of water. Well, if you can't guess it already, I am a sucker for spices, and by spices I do not mean chillies. What I love about cooking (I surely do not really enjoy cooking but love the process of mixing and matching spices) is how I get to play around with different types of spices.

For the past few months or so, almost a year or more now actually, I have started preparing most of my spices (masalas) at home. So whether it is coriander powder (dhaniya), turmeric powder, garam masala, sabzi masala, cinnamon powder (dalcheeni), cardamom powder (elaichi), cumin powder (jeera) or any other mixed spice, I try to make it as much at home as possible. And yes, of course I have noticed the huge difference it brings in the aroma and taste.

With so many health benefits that come attached with these spices, it is no wonder that I have made sure my daughters are also inclined to have them as much as they can. They are 8 and 2 now, and have already developed a strong taste and palate where they can appreciate the different spices I use. So why do I use them so much and so regularly? Of course because they add that much more flavor to the dishes I prepare, and of course also because they are loaded with so many health benefits that most of us are not aware of.

For today, I'll share the top 5 spices I use at home. Top 5 not just from health but more on the frequency that I use them.

5 Spices That Are Great For Kids

1. Cinnamon
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  • Cinnamon contains various microbial properties, which means that it prevents the growth of harmful bacteria in your child's body and helps to prevent various ailments. 
  • It is also a great natural remedy to treat any infections of the stomach and is known to ease pain, especially in the stomach.
  • Cinnamon helps to soothe your child's digestive system and aids in proper bowel movement, relieving constipation and helping your child clear with regular stools.
  • It can also help improve concentration and alertness levels and is good for overall cognitive development. 
  • Cinnamon also improves oral health and is great for the gums and teeth. 
  • In addition, it can also help to ease any discomfort associated with cold and flu symptoms as it warms the body from within and increases blood flow, which increases the level of oxygen in the blood that can effectively fight off the cold. 
2. Bay Leaf 
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  • Bay leaf helps your child urinate more often, as is required by the body, so that the toxins and waste materials can be eliminated on time.
  • It also help to prevent excessive sweating, especially when your child is sick.
  • Bay leaf is also a great aid in digestion, and helps to keep your child's digestive system in good health, preventing constipation and any related ailments. 
  • It is also effective against cold and cough and can help to ease pain that is triggered by disease or over-exhaustion.
  • Bay leaf also helps induce sleep and can help improve the quality of sleep. 
  • It is also good for the health of your child's teeth and can make them look cleaner.
3. Clove 
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  • Clove is one of the most effective natural remedies to treat a toothache, something which many children experience during the growing up years.
  • It also helps to keep your child's respiratory system in good health and helps fight off cold and cough symptoms. In case your child does have a cold, using clove will help to release out the phlegm from your child's body.
  • Clove can also help reduce inflammation and thereby ease any muscular pain.
  • It also helps treat wounds, cuts and scrapes faster and acts an anti-bacterial remedy. 
  • Cloves are also great for your child's digestive health and will prevent or ease symptoms of constipation.
4. Cardamom 
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  • Cardamom helps to effectively eliminate all waste from the body and prevents the buildup of any toxins inside.
  • It is great for digestion and will help to keep your child's stools regular and smooth, thereby preventing or easing constipation.
  • Cardamoms are also good for the oral health and can prevent the appearance of mouth ulcers as well as prevent any infections in the mouth and throat.
  • It also helps to ease symptoms of cold and cough and can help in case of fever as well as throat infections.
  • The anti-inflammatory properties of cardamom help to ease swelling and soothe muscular and other pains.
5. Black Pepper 
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  • Black pepper is a great remedy towards preventing colic and easing the buildup of gas and flatulence.
  • It can prevent diarrhea and will keep your child's stomach healthy.
  • Black pepper can help to open up the nasal passage and effectively ease the symptoms of cold. It induces sneezing which helps to remove any accumulated phlegm.
  • The antibacterial properties of black pepper prevent infection and improve your child's immunity. 
There are many more benefits attached to these spices, but for now, these are the ones that I am most interested in, so thought you should know of it too.

Have you introduced these spices in your child's food yet? I already started sneaking them in from the time my kids started eating solids, which was about the time they were  7-8 months old, and it has continued till now and surely will :)

- Debolina Raja Gupta

And like I always believe in and say:
'Heal the world we live in
Save it for our children' - MJ

Happy Parenting!!!! Be good to your little one, and to the millions of little ones out there who truly need every bit of love and compassion they can get.....Be a grown the little ones....

Debolina Raja Gupta
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