The sad truth to our existence is that we all ultimately cease to be and for a lot of us in life, we look for ways to extend our lives for as much time as possible. Some live a strict lifestyle and others feel that the key to longevity is through rigorous workouts, whereas others do a combination of both.
Everyone wants to live; however, not everyone considers adding a little spice to his or her life, no pun intended. Cultures all around the world have been using spices in their food for both taste and health. Chili peppers for example have been being used for centuries for medicinal purposes, thanks mostly to the ingredient capsaicin. What is capsaicin you ask? Capsaicin is the chemical found in peppers that adds the heat to the pepper. It’s been proven to help things such as high blood pressure, cholesterol, digestive problems and even depression. In many countries where chilis are eaten in more diet plans, there have been significantly lower amounts of heart disease and most types of cancer. Capsaicin works by stimulating and decreasing the intensity of pain signals sent from the brain to the body.
Peppers get a bad rap sometimes, as they are said to cause ulcers, upset stomach and even gas or diarrhea. Sure, people with digestive issues such as IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) can feel quick affects from eating spicy food, but the truth is that spices can actually be used to deter harsh stomach conditions; they can even help people that have ulcers caused by bacteria or a virus. Capsaicin is said to make the environment of ones stomach unlivable for most bacteria, thus, potentially killing the virus. You should always talk to your doctor before adding spicy foods to your diet if you have any digestion problems; however, not many would guess that sometimes eating heat could take away heartburn. As they say, sometimes you have to fight fire with fire.