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When it comes to food preferences, some of us just like it hot, myself included. As in, really hot–to the point of opening your sinuses and watering your eyes. Anything that’s too bland is in danger of being splashed with some hot sauce — even if I’m at someone else’s house. Want to eat what I’ve prepared? Better have a glass of water ready.

And as it turns out, a “hot sauce on err’thang” policy is a good one to keep. Have hot sauce at every meal and you can improve your health, live longer, and even battle the common cold. The spicier the hot sauce? The better the benefits of the heat inside.

So don’t be afraid to pour it on. And the next time someone teases you for keeping a bottle of Tabasco in your purse, take a moment to school them on all of the health benefits of hot sauce.

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It Keeps Colds at Bay

Can’t afford to get sick? Copy Hillary Clinton. She carries a bottle of hot sauce with her wherever she goes to keep her immune system going strong.

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It Makes Pain Easier to Handle

Eat a little hot sauce every day and you can increase your pain tolerance for everything from cramps to toothaches.

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It Clears Your Sinuses

Chicken soup is good for the soul, but add a little hot sauce and it will be good for clearing your sinuses too.

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It Chills You Out

Did you know that hot sauce can improve your mood? It’s a great reason to keep a bottle in your desk at work.

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It Can Cure a Headache

Hot sauce is a natural migraine remedy.

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It Calms Binge Eating Down

Dip your chips in hot salsa and the heat will slow you down. And when you eat slower, you give your stomach time to realize it’s full before you overdo it.

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It’s Full of Vitamins

Heat lovers know that hot sauce is delicious. But did you know that most hot sauces also give you a dose of vitamins A, B complex, C, E and K? Like to snack on peppers? They are packed with potassium, fiber and iron.

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It Speeds Up Your Metabolism

The heat helps you burn fat faster for the rest of the day.

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It Helps Your Diet Out

Add hot sauce and you’ll consume 16 percent fewer calories during the meal.

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It Keeps Your Blood Pressure in Check

If high blood pressure runs in your family, having a little hot sauce a day can help keep your pressure low and your health in check.

Studies even suggest that it can help prevent heart disease.

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It Stops Allergy Symptoms

Hot sauce can help give you some relief from your allergy symptoms too.

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It May Fight Cancer

Recent studies have found that the compounds in black pepper and hot sauce may be able stop cancer cells from reproducing.

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It Gives Flavor Without the Calories

Hot sauce packs a lot of flavor punch with only about six or so calories per tablespoon.

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It Helps You Live Longer

Did you know that people who eat hot sauce most days of the week can add years to their lives?

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