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Vitamin Basics 101

Vitamins are an essential piece to the overall health and wellness puzzle. You cannot thrive without them and your body needs a well-rounded variety in order to maintain balance, strength and vitality.

Here’s a breakdown of the most common vitamins, why they’re important and how you can find them in clean, whole-food sources:

Vitamin A: Important for a strong immune system as well as healthy vision, Vitamin A has been shown to lower risk of lung cancer. Because Vitamin A can build up in your system when it comes from supplements, be sure to get your recommended daily dose from whole foods instead of pills.

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  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Carrots
  • Red Peppers
  • Cantaloupe
  • Mangos
  • Black-Eyed Peas
  • Salmon

Vitamin B: B vitamins help your body convert food into energy AND they help maintain healthy brain and nervous system function. Folate, aka B9, is essential for healthy pregnancy and B12 keeps red blood cells and neurological function strong.

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  • Eggs
  • Nuts
  • Beans
  • Fish

Vitamin C: Critical for a strong immune system, Vitamin C also boosts the body’s collagen production, keeping skin cells healthy and vibrant. Vitamin C found in lemon juice, for instance, also helps the liver metabolize fat.

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  • Lemonfruits-and-veggies
  • Kiwi
  • Orange
  • Red Pepper
  • Broccoli
  • Strawberries
  • Cauliflower
  • Tomatoes

Vitamin E: Important for heart health and a strong immune system, Vitamin E has been shown to lower the risk of heart disease as well as prostate cancer.

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  • Almonds
  • Spinach
  • Olive Oil
  • Peanut Butter (be sure to buy organic, all natural peanut butter; commercial peanut butters have hydrogenated oil, which you want to stay away from always.)

Vitamin K: Essential for strong bones and healthy blood, half of your body’s Vitamin K is produced in the gut and the other half comes from food, which is why those on blood thinner or certain antibiotics should ALWAYS consult their doctor before taking supplements or eating large amounts of greens, which are a great source of this m90269550uch-needed vitamin.

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  • Kale
  • Collard Greens
  • Spinach

There are a great many additional vitamins and minerals that are necessary for thriving health, but this is a good place to get started. Fill your grocery cart, kitchen cupboards and dinner plates with the food above, improving your overall health and helping prevent chronic illness and disease down the line.

For personalized support and information related to clean eating, balanced nutrition, and healthy lifestyle, visit Eat Clean Health and look at the variety of nutrition plans, programs, detoxes and meal plans found there. And don’t forget to sign up for the Eat Clean Health  monthly newsletter.

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6 Spices to Slim Down and Boost Health

Experimenting with spices is one of the most delicious and healthy ways to flavor your food and expand your expertise in the kitchen. Whether you’re an herb novice or a spice aficionado, these 7 spices to slim down and boost health provide an array of taste, body-boosting pizazz and culinary excellence!

Cumin: Boost Mental Focus

Give you brain an extra boost with Cumin. Lab studies indicate that cumin’s anti-inflammatory properties can improve memory as well as lower stress. Add some to your homemade hummus sprinkle it over pumpkin seeds before roasting. herbs-and-spices1

Fenugreek: Helps Curb Appetite

This nutty-tasting spice is packed with fiber, helping people fill fuller and eat less. If you want to experiment, try sprinkling some into your morning smoothie or over your veggie sauté. It can also add a nice flavor to roasted meats or veggies.

Ginger: Ease Muscle Pain AND Improve Digestion

Ginger is a natural anti-inflammatory, which helps reduce muscle pain. After an especially intense workout, add fresh ginger to your smoothie or vegetable sauté. Ginger has also long been touted as an excellent remedy for nausea as well as………..

Cinnamon: Support Strong Bones

You’ve probably heard that a dash of cinnamon can help balance blood sugar (which is true), but did you know that cinnamon also support strong bones? The manganese found in cinnamon helps bones stay healthy and strong, so try sprinkling some in your smoothie, lemon water or morning fruit bowl to support a sturdy frame.

Cajun: Slim Down

The capsaicin found I n red peppers and chilies helps boot your metabolism, encouraging the body to burn fat. Studies have also shown that people who add heat to their food have a tendency to eat less, helping maintain a healthy body weight. Add to veggies, soups and meats.

Turmeric: Improve Mental and Physical Health

My favorite of all spices, turmeric helps alleviate arthritis and lower cholesterol. Its high concentration of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties also improves mental health as well as lowers the risk of certain cancers. Plus, it’s delicious added to almost anything. Sprinkle in eggs, smoothies, soups, veggies, grains and meat. Delicious!

For individual nutrition planning, programs and support, please visit Eat Clean Health. And don’t forget to sign up for the Eat Clean Health  monthly newsletter, an excellent source of clean eating ideas and healthy lifestyle information.

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Last Call to Sign up and Slim Down

It’s the final countdown! Registration for Eat Clean Health’s Group 7 Day Summer Detox is about to close, so before you miss out on this fantastic WHOLE FOODS, ANTI-INFLAMMATORY detox program, today is the day to sign up and slim down!

Learn how to EAT and LIVE CLEANLY and learn what foods are IRRITATING your body and eliminate them.

Eating clean is a way of life, not a diet.

The Group 7 Day Summer Detox is designed to flush toxins from the body, lose unwanted weight, reboot the digestive system, reduce inflammation, and jump-start your health goals. This program is an easy-to-follow, easy-to-complete detox that produces cleaner eating habits and glowing skin. This is an anti-inflammatory, WHOLE FOODS program. No gimmicks or starvation needed; only fresh, delicious food!

If you’re ready to jump-start your health goals, plus look AND feel your best, the 7 Day Summer Detox will:

  • Reboot your Body
  • Slim down for Summer
  • Boost Metabolism                                                                                                                       121355896
  • Eliminate Sugar Cravings
  • Lose Weight
  • Boost the Immune System
  • Increase Energy

Eat Clean. Feel Fantastic. Energize your Life. Look Amazing. Live Healthy.

Included in the Group 7 Day Summer Detox:

  • Free Health Assessment
  • 24 Page Eat Clean Health Detox Manual
  • A Step-by-Step Guide to Detoxing
  • 28 Page Recipe Booklet
  • Shopping List
  • Blank Menu Planner
  • 7 Days of Nutrition Handouts, Information, and Health Articles
  • 2 Days of Pre-Launch & Post-Program Support
  • Online Facebook Form of Fellow Participants
  • Daily Inspiration, Nutrition Guidance, and Unlimited Email Support

To sweeten the deal even more, Eat Clean Health is offering a 20% discount on the Group 7 Day Summer Detox.

To register, visit Eat Clean Health’s 7 Day Detox, hit the ‘Registration’ button, enter the discount code in the top left hand corner, submit both health form and payment, and  get ready to look and feel your best!

Registration: Closes Sat. August 3rd

Launch Date: Monday, August 5th

Discount Code: ECH7SD

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