Part of the preparedness lifestyle includes being (or becoming) as healthy as you can be. This will of course be different for everyone but the better shape your physical body is in the better prepared you’ll be for anything life throws at you.
High blood sugar in the family? Has yours been inching upward? Consider adding more spice to your life!
Ginger has been used as a flavoring agent and for it’s medicinal properties for ages. Ginger aids in digestion and has immune boosting benefits and is said to help control blood sugar levels. You can find dried ground ginger in the spice aisle, canned ginger in the baking aisle and fresh ginger in the produce section. If you live in zone 7 or higher you can grow ginger outdoors! Those further north can grow ginger in pots that you bring inside during the colder months. Growing your own insures you have plenty of ginger on hand.
Cinnamon, in particular Ceylon cinnamon (which is a true cinnamon) is touted to also aid in blood sugar. Add it to your oatmeal.
Indian dishes (not Native American dishes) tend to use a lot of fenugreek. It too is said to help lower blood sugar, help with insulin resistance and aid in good cholesterol. If your palate hasn’t ventured into Indian food you should get yourself a simple cookbook and give it a try. It’s different but certainly tasty.
Everyone knows about turmeric these days. People are using it for it’s health benefits which include healing and immunity properties which of course are helpful to diabetics.
Cayenne, whether just picked from the garden or dried and powdered is said to help boost the immune system. These little peppers have a lot of Vitamin A in them as well as antioxidants. It’s worth growing a plant or two.
Cumin is often used in this house when cooking Mexican-style dishes and while it’s certainly tasty it’s also an immune booster and is chock-ful of iron.
Add some ‘more’ spices to your daily dishes and make sure you have some put back in your pantry.