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5 Scents to Invigorate Your Day

In our rush to taste, see and touch, our desire to smell is sometimes muted. Bring wonder back to your senses by focusing on these 5 scents to invigorate your day and enhance your mind, body and spirit.

Cinnamon: Not just a fantastic natural, calorie free sweetener that helps balance blood sugar, sniffing cinnamon is also linked to higher levels of alertness. Sprinkle cinnamon in your morning smoothie or favorite almond milk latte and refresh your senses.Girl-smelling-dandelion-980x980

Peppermint: Feeling forgetful or fatigued? Take a whiff of peppermint. Studies have shown that smelling peppermint improves brain function, memory and visual-motor skills. Peppermint is also linked to a boost in exercise performance. Those you sniff or even drink a few drops of peppermint oil diluted in water pre-workout have improved performance, energy and endurance as well as a higher threshold for pain and injury. How refreshing!

Rosemary: If ‘space cadet’ is your middle name, try adding rosemary to your daily diet, which improves mental concentration and speed. Sprinkle this fresh herb into your morning omelet for delicious flavor and improved mental function.

Citrus: Feeling stressed? Take a deep breath and inhale some citrus. Orange, grapefruit and lemon are excellent choices for anxiety reduction. Even better yet, snack on a fresh grapefruit or orange, reaping both mental AND physical health benefits1

Lavender: Known for its relaxing benefits, lavender is an excellent way to unwind and soothe the senses. Taking a deep inhale of lavender before bed encourages deep sleep, so pick up a bottle of essential oil and dab it on your wrists before hitting the sheets. Jasmine can also have this relaxing, deep sleep effect, so play around with your favorite scent.

And the best part about all these scents? They’re also amazing health boosters. Add these herbs, spices and fruits to your regular eating routine and you’ll reap not only the mental, but physical benefits as well.

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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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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Delicious, Detoxifying Ginger Tea

Ginger has long been used as an ancient, natural remedy to halt nausea and protect the body against colds and flu. If you’re a fan of ginger, you’ve most likely eaten it alongside sushi, Asian entree’s, or perhaps as a side garnish to a main dish. Ginger blends well with most vegetables and meat, but today we’re going to get wild and and turn it into an immunity-boosting tonic!

Ginger’s medicinal properties are numerous, and listed below are just a few conditions improved by drinking ginger tea.

Health Benefits of Ginger:

  • Increased Blood Circulation
  • Nausea Relief
  • Boost Immune System
  • Migraine Relief
  • Reduce InflammationHot ginger tea
  • Cold and Flu Prevention
  • Heartburn Relief

Ginger tea, made by steeping fresh, grated ginger root in boiling water, is a great way to take advantage of the health benefits and listed above. If you’re new to making your own tea, this recipe is simple, user-friendly, and delicious.

Detoxifying Ginger Tea

Ingredients:

  • 1   cup boiling water
  • 4   1/8-inch slices fresh ginger
  • 1   small sprig fresh rosemary or mint, or 2 strips of lemon peel
  • 1/2  teaspoon raw, organic honey

Directions:

Pour water in cup. Add fresh ginger, rosemary, and honey. Stir to dissolve honey. Steep 5 minutes. Remove ginger and rosemary or, for intense ginger and rosemary flavor, leave in ginger and rosemary while sipping. Makes 1 serving.

*You can add various ingredients to your ginger tea based on your personal preferences. Feel free to combine it with green tea for a boost in antioxidants, or perhaps try dissolving bee pollen or other immune-boosting ingredients into the tea. Drink warm or store in the refrigerated for a chilled summer beverage.

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