One of the easiest and healthiest ways for us to stay warm during the coldest times of the year is to eat more so-called “warming” foods. Warming foods, which ancient Chinese medicine referred to as “yang” foods, are foods that contain one or more active compounds that help raise our core temperature – often by boosting blood circulation or removing excess water from our tissues. Seeds, nuts, oats, garlic, and onions are classic examples of traditional warming foods.
However, some of the greatest warming foods can be found in the spice kingdom. In fact, a disproportionate number of popular and widely available spices are unusually effective at inducing thermogenesis. The five spices listed below, which can all be consumed in supplemental or whole form, seem to be especially effective in this regard.