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3 Fall Spices That Can Help Deepen Sleep, Boost Immunity, and Increase Focus

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The pantry staples we cook with including herbs and spices not only amp up the flavor of many dishes, they also give our meal a healthy bonus. Here are three fall spices that can have healing benefits for your focus, immunity, and sleep!

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Boost Immunity With Ginger

Recover 55 percent faster from colds by enjoying more of this spice. Credit goes to compounds that tame symptom-triggering inf lammation. For a zesty kick, add 2 teaspoons grated ginger to the squash before cooking our soup recipe at left. Or stir into glazed carrots, stir fries, and marinades.

Deepen Sleep With Nutmeg

A pinch of this ground seed boosts the release of the hormone serotonin, which can help you fall asleep 20 minutes faster. This classic spice works well in many desserts, such as rice pudding and pumpkin pie. It also balances out the bitter ness of sautéed greens and pairs well with creamy dishes like gratins.

Increase Clarity With Cinnamon

The scent of this sweet spice kick-starts the production of focus-enhancing beta brain waves by 60 percent in two minutes. With its warm floral notes, it’s perfect for sprinkling on lattes. Or for a surprising accent, try adding a pinch or two to chili, beef stew, or roasted root veggies.

This article originally appeared in our print magazine, First For Women.

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