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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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Healthy Foods for Healthy Skin

The face is like a mirror of the body. Whatever is going on internally is going to show up externally, and the face is almost ALWAYS that first place an imbalance is going to appear.

Certain areas of the face are directly related to certain organs of the body. So when skin conditions, such as red patches, blotchiness, under eye bags, flakey skin, acne, rosacea, hyper-sensitive skin, and blemishes show up, it’s actually an indication of much deeper issues. It’s your body’s way of cluing you into what’s going on internally.

And what’s going on internally, is INFLAMMATION. Inflammation is part of the body’s immune system; it’s the body’s attempt at self-protection. When something harmful or irritating enters the body, there is a biological response to try and remove it.

Chronic inflammation is the root cause of nearly EVERY TYPE of disease. It’s the cause of illness, arthritis, heart disease, diabetes, obesity, rosacea, acne, and even cancer. One of the most important things you can do for both your skin and your overall health, therefore, is REDUCE INFLAMMATION in the body.

Foods that promote overall internal AND external health are:                              

Wild Caught Salmon: High in anti-inflammatory omega 3 fatty acids, wild caught salmon keeps the body and the face supple and radiant. Salmon is also a great source of protein, which is needed to both maintain and repair the skin on a cellular level.

Turmeric: One of my personal favorites when it comes to battling inflammation and promoting radiant skin, turmeric has long been know for it’s anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antioxidant properties. This delicious spice-rack staple also promotes detoxification in the body, leading to a younger, healthier looking complexion.

Melons: Cantaloupe and watermelon are excellent sources of vitamin A, carotenoids, and beta-carotene, which have all been shown to improve skin tone and texture. The high water content also make these fruits a great source of extra hydration for the skin, helping maintain a supple, dewy complexion.

Coconut: Healthy fats, such as the ones found in unsweetened coconut and virgin coconut oil, are needed for the body to absorb nutrients found in fruits and vegetables. Healthy fats also help the body burn fat while helping prevent dryness and wrinkles from forming on the skin. Avocados are also included in this healthy fat category, so if you don’t like one, try the other!

Berries: You already know fruits are a fantastic source of antioxidants and fiber, which are essential for overall health and wellness. Regular consumption of berries, such as blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries also prevent premature aging of the skin PLUS they fight damage already inflicted from free-radicals.

As you begin to create a healthier daily diet, be sure to stay away from the following foods, which create inflammation in the body, leading to chronic illness, disease, accelerated aging and unhealthy skin:

  • Refined Sugar
  • Processed Foods
  • Soda
  • Hormone-laden animal products
  • Alcohol

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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!