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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!

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Top 6 Reasons to Run

Here at Eat Clean Health, we love to run! When it comes to weight loss and physical activity,  nothing comes to close to good ol’ fashion running! Running is one of the most efficient ways to burn calories and get fit without spending hours of time or thousands of dollars at the gym.

For those that need a little extra inspiration to hit the trails, here are the Top 6 Reasons to Run:

Boost Resting Metabolic Burn: Running boosts your metabolism even after you’ve stopped running. The metabolic burn that results from running keeps your at-rest energy expenditure at a higher level than that of other exercise.A female road runner runs down a road at dusk at Independence Pass.

Stress Less: Intense or vigorous exercise helps wards off anxiety, irritability and even depression. A quick 30 minute run is all you need to reap the benefits.

Active Sex Life: That’s right. Sweating it out can improve sexual desire, function and activity. Double the benefits by getting your partner to run with you.

Save Time: Running is one of the highest calorie burning activities around, helping you workout smarter, not harder.  No need to schedule 2 hours of gym time when you can burn 10+ calories a minutes running.

Immediacy: You don’t need a gym membership, an at-home video, or fancy gadgets to run; you just need yourself and a pair of shoes. You can run anywhere, anytime, with anyone. Or alone. Just put one foot in front of the other and voila! Fitness, endorphins, and health result!

Euphoria: Scientist have discovered that morphine-like chemicals get released in the brain from moderate to intense sweat sessions. Even if it seems like a battle at first, stick with it and by the end, your body will be begging for more. Or at the very least, your energy will increase, your emotions elated and your mood will be lifted!

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