The biggest, most popular type of cuisine in America may very well be Mexican food, and while that is largely because of just how ridiculously delicious, filling, and easy to make Mexican cuisine can be, there are other advantages to dining on a meal from south of the border. Specifically, the spiciness that Mexican food is so well known for is not just a tasty trait of the food, but is also incredibly healthy. Indeed, there are many benefits to eating spicy food, so much so that it is important to get a little bit of it in your diet every day!
Losing Weight By Eating
First and foremost, spicy food helps with weight loss. This is a serious issue that many people face, and which many are trying to fix for themselves. Diet and exercise, when approached with a disciplined attitude, can help you to lose quite a bit of weight, and diet is definitely the stronger of these two approaches: eat fewer calories than you burn every day, and you will inevitably see weight loss. Eating the right kinds of foods, however, is a great way to speed this process up in a healthy, responsible manner. Thus, not only can spicy ingredients like chopped jalapenos make an otherwise bland meal have some zing to it, but they can also speed up your metabolism. Studies have shown that the capsaicin in chilies and other spicy ingredients increases the amount of “satiety” you have when eating, meaning that you feel full faster without having to eat as much. Additionally, it reduces energy and fat intake from food in your gastrointestinal tract, so that that food you’re eating will not get converted into extra weight quite so much as it might have otherwise!
So Many Health Benefits, Where Do You Start?
Another benefit is the prevention of disease and other illnesses when you eat spicy food. Research has shown that those cultures that regularly eat spicy foods have a lower rate of heart attack and stroke. Chili peppers reduce the damaging effects of LDL (the “bad” cholesterol you hear so much about these days), while capsaicin may fight inflammation – a leading risk factor for your heart. Moving on from matters of the heart, capsaicin as a powerful cancer and leukemia fighting substance. In particular, the turmeric used in some Mexican dishes can slow the spread of cancer and the growth of tumors and, when paired with black pepper, your body can absorb 2,000% more of the turmeric! That’s some seriously healthy-and-yet-delicious living right there! Of course, you’ve probably realized by now that spicy food can also help your respiratory system out in a time of need! For centuries, doctors used turmeric to treat respiratory problems, and today modern medical science has found that this spice can protect your lungs against the many irritants, pollutants, and infections wafting about. It may also lower the risk of asthma, laryngitis, bronchitis, and other lung diseases!
How A Chilli A Day Keeps The Doctor Away by Neomam.
On the mental side of things, spicy food has been shown to improve sleep patterns among those who regularly ingest it. It’s been shown that you can fall asleep, as well as wake up, more easily when you eat spicy food, and that you have more energy throughout the day after that restful, spicy-food-induced sleep! Indeed, your whole mood can be lifted, as hot peppers can boost the level of endorphins and serotonin in your body, dulling pain and giving you a feeling of well being. In fact, the ingredients that make food spicy can be used to fight depression and relieve serious stress! It’s hard to make an argument against spicy food. There are those of us who struggle with having a sensitive stomach, of course, and spicy food can be a serious irritant in those cases, but if you stick to a probiotic regimen in order to improve your gastrointestinal health, you may find that spicy food doesn’t bother you at all! When that is the case, there’s simply no point in not consuming spicy food, like some good old-fashioned Mexican dishes, at least once a day. You’ll sleep and breathe easier, feel happier, be healthier, and even lose weight! What’s not to love about a dish that can not only do all of that for you, but which can also give you that kick in the pants that only spicy food can accomplish?