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The Top 8 Health Benefits of Dates

We love dates! And no, not the pick-me-up at 7 for dinner and a movie kind of date. We’re talking about the deliciously healthy, chewy and sweet dates!

Dates are an excellent source of body-healthy vitamins and minerals, such as calcium, sulfur, iron, potassium, phosphorous, manganese, copper, magnesium, zinc, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folate, vitamin A and vitamin K. Whew, all that’s found in just one date! In addition all this, dates are also an excellent source of fiber, which keeps your blood sugar stable and your cravings low. But that’s not all!

The Top 8 Health Benefits of Dates:

  • Boost Energy Levels: Health, natural sugar accompanied by fiber equal increased energy within 1/2 hour of eating dates.
  • Relieve Constipation: High in soluble fiber, dates promote healthy bowel movements, relieving symptoms of constipation.
  • MedjoolDatesRegulate Digestive Health: High fiber combined with amino acids stimulate the digestive process and help the body assimilate nutrients.
  • Bone Strength: Minerals such as calcium, magnesium and copper are essential to strong bone health.
  • Weight Management: Vitamins, protein and naturally occurring sugar keep the body balanced PLUS satisfy sweet cravings.
  • Healthy Nervous System: Potassium found in dates promotes a healthy nervous system and improves mental alertness and brain activity.
  • Cancer Prevention: Research shows that dates may be effective in reducing your risk for stomach cancer. This, along with a healthy lifestyle will support your overall health.
  • Heart Health: Dates reduce LDL cholesterol as well as the risk of stroke and heart disease.

To reap any or all of the health benefits listed above, snack on a handful of dates a few times per week to strengthen your body, increase your energy, and regulate your digestive health.

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6 Reasons to Hug It Out!


There’s nothing like a good hug to invigorate your day, comfort your body and soothe a stressed soul.

Plus it’s healthy!

Here’s How:

  1. Stress Relief: Big Presentation Coming Up? A strong hug helps lower cortisol, the stress hormone.otters
  2. Boost Immune System:  When body and mind are balanced and cortisol is low (after giving or receiving a hug!), the body’s immune system is strengthened, helping you ward off illness and disease.
  3. Lower Blood Pressure: A 20 second hug can lower blood pressure and slow your heart rate, an excellent way to lower your risk for cardiovascular disease AND cuddle with someone!
  4. Improve Personal Connections: Hugs help nurture a sense of safety, trust and honesty.
  5. Alleviate Muscle Tension: If you hold tension in your body, hugging is a cozy way to relax tension in your soft tissue.
  6. Calm the Nervous System: The parasympathetic (‘fight-or-flight’) response in the body becomes more balanced when regular hugs are issued.

It’s been said that: “We need four hugs a day for survival. We need eight hugs a day for maintenance. We need twelve hugs a day for growth.”

So how many hugs have you given or received today? You need at least 8 to survive, but I’d recommend at least doubling that. After all, what better way can you think of to dramatically boost your overall physical AND mental health and wellness?

For additional ‘live well’ ideas as well as personalized support and information related to clean eating, balanced nutrition, and healthy lifestyle, visit Eat Clean Health and don’t forget to sign up for the Eat Clean Health  monthly newsletter.


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6 Healthy Herbs to Flavor Food

The meals you eat are meant to energize and enliven the body, not weight it down with disease, sluggishness, inflammation, or digestive problems. Using fresh herbs and spices to flavor food is a wonderful way to promote good health while creating delicious meals. Implement the following 6 healthy herbs to add mouth-watering taste without adding saturated fat or artificial additives. As an extra bonus, these herbs and spices also protect the body against cancer, diabetes, and heart disease!

Garlic provides powerful support for the cardiovascular system by lowering blood pressure, preventing blood clots, and raising levels of healthy HDL cholesterol. It also boosts the immune system and helps defend the body from cancer.

Turmeric, a personal favorite known for its anti-inflammatory properties, helps alleviate arthritis, joint pain, and swelling. Turmeric also invigorates t336510he blood, flushes toxins out of the liver, and boosts fat metabolism. Add to sautéed vegetables, scrambled eggs, smoothies, and curry dishes.

Cilantro improves bone strength with its high concentration of vitamin K. It’s also high in fiber and rich in magnesium, iron, and phytonutrients, helping relieve cramps, reduce inflammation, and lower bad (LDL) cholesterol.

Parsley is a fantastic source of vitamin K, which is necessary for optimal bone and nerve health. It also contains antioxidants that oxygenate blood, keep your immune system strong, and reduce inflammation in the body.

Cinnamon keeps blood sugar stable and lowers inflammation in the body, helping protect the body from heart disease, atherosclerosis, and colon cancer. Cinnamon is also an excellent source of manganese, fiber, and calcium, and antioxidants. Use its sweet, warm flavor to satisfy cravings instead of reaching for fatty foods or refined sugar.

Ginger, with its high antioxidant load, offers a variety of body-boosting benefits. It helps reduce swelling, inflammation, and pain in the body, making it an ideal treatment for arthritis and migraines. It also soothes digestive problems, boosts the immune system, and slows the growth of cancer cells.

The 6 herbs and spices listed above are noted for their exceptional health benefits and should be incorporated into meals on a regular basis. Variety and balance are the spice of life, however, and there are a multitude of herbs and spices not listed here that also provide a wonderful boost for the body and should not be ignored. So the lesson of the day is this: Experiment!

If fresh herbs and spices are on your health ‘to-do’ list, think about investing in a Tower Garden. It’s like having a Farmers Market on your patio! All you need is a small space, indoors or outside, that receives a moderate amount of daily sunshine, and you can grow your own fruits, vegetables, and herbs. The economic and environmental benefits of investing in a Tower Garden make it one of the freshest, healthiest, and most sustainable ways to feed yourself and your loved ones.

Contact Eat Clean Health to learn more!