Sunday Herald Sun - Body and Soul - - B+S NATURAL SOLUTIONS -

Stud­ies have shown that chill­ies aid weight loss. They do this in two ways: first, by in­creas­ing the body’s meta­bolic rate, which gov­erns how quickly we burn calo­ries, and sec­ond, through a sa­ti­at­ing ef­fect – we feel fuller more quickly when eat­ing food con­tain­ing chill­ies.

These fiery foods are also good for clear­ing con­ges­tion. Cap­saicin is the main chem­i­cal that makes chill­ies hot. When nerves in the stom­ach sense the pres­ence of cap­saicin, they com­mu­ni­cate this in­for­ma­tion to the res­pi­ra­tory sys­tem via the brain, cul­mi­nat­ing in a hot flash that in­stantly clears stuffed si­nuses and con­gested lungs.

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