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6 Health Benefits of Lemons

When life hands you lemons……eat them! No need to turn lemons into lemonade; use fresh lemon juice ! If this tart citrus fruit isn’t yet a dietary staple, here are the 6 health benefits of lemons you may not be aware of.

Boost Immunity

Loaded with vitamin C, lemons are an excellent source of immune boosting antioxidants and vitamins.

Burn Fat

Lemon juice contains pectin, a soluble fiber that has been shown to aid in weight-loss struggles.

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Chock full of vitamin C, lemons help boost collagen, encourage cell turnover and slow the aging process with its high concentration of anti-oxidants.

Warm Up the Digestive System

Stimulate your digestive track and help the body metabolize fat by squeezing the juice of 1 fresh lemon into a cup of warm water each morning.

Kidney Stone Protection

Drinking one half-cup of lemon juice every day raises citrate levels in the urine. Studies have shown that this could protect against calcium stones in the kidney.

Potassium Boost

Bananas aren’t the only way to get a big helping of potassium in your system. In addition to vitamin C, lemons offer 80 milligrams of this mineral that helps your body stay strong and nimble.

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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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  • 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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Top 6 Foods to Eat Away Stress

70% of illness in the United States is diet related. That is a staggering statistic. Over 100 million are chronically ill. 70 million of them don’t have to be. Improving the foods you eat is the NUMBER ONE way to prevent chronic illness and protect yourself from illness and disease.

One of the leading causes of chronic illness is chronic stress. You already know that you can eat your way to a healthier body, clear skin and increased energy, but did you know that you can also eat your way to less stress, helping stave of chronic illness and disease?

Here are the top 6 stress relieving foods:

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The B vitamins found in avocados are essential for healthy nerves and brain cells. Constant anxiety and high stress is linked to vitamin B deficiency, so try adding avocado to your morning smoothie or daily salad. As an added bonus, avocados are also high in body-healthy monounsaturated fats and potassium, which can help lower high blood pressure.

Blueberries

When you’re feeling blue or hyper-stressed, reach for the berries! Blueberries in particular are loaded with Vitamin C and antioxidants, which help repair and protect the body’s cells, leading to a calmer, healthier, more balanced you. Add blueberries to oatmeal or smoothies to add fiber-rich sweetness to your meal, or eat them alone for a tasty snack or healthy dessert.

Almonds

In addition to the crunch factor, which in-and-of itself can be a great stress reliever, almonds are a great source of vitamins B2 and E, which support a strong immune system and promote energy balance in the body. Almonds are great as a snack or added to salads, and if you’d like something creamy, try 1-2 tablespoons of almond butter. Always opt for the natural version, though; you want to avoid added sugars and oils. The ingredient list should say almonds and perhaps a little salt. That is all. Nothing else is needed.

Citrus

Vitamin C is kind of the superhero of nutrients. In addition to boosting the immune system and promoting healthy skin, it also lowers blood pressure AND reduces the stress hormone cortisol, leading to a leaner, stress-free you. Start the day with warm lemon water or grab a fresh orange as a snack.

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One of the best sources of omega 3 fatty acids is wild-caught salmon, which helps keep cortisol and adrenaline from sky rocketing when you’re feeling tense. The healthy fatty acids also protect your heart and nourish your skin, helping you stay healthy and glowing from the inside-out. Aim for a 4 ounce serving of wild-caught salmon approximately 2-3 times a week. If fish isn’t your thing, walnuts can also be a great source of omega 3’s.

Leafy Greens

Leafy greens are loaded with magnesium, which is a mineral that helps regulate cortisol, the stress hormone. Eating greens on a daily basis encourages feelings of well-being and balance, plus support overall health. It is important, however, to ROTATE YOUR GREENS. Too much of a good thing can cause imbalances in the body, so experiment with different types on a regular basis. Add greens to an omelet or smoothie, create a mixed green salad, or saute in coconut oil for a delicious dinner.

If chronic stress is part of part of your daily life, it’s time to get active and get serious about taking steps to remove it. Stress leads to all kinds of internal and external health problems, so the next time you feel the tension in your neck or the anxiety in your chest, take a deep breath, exhale slowly and reach for one of the foods listed above. For extra stress support, dietary changes and healthy living tools, please contact Jodi.


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5 Health Benefits of Fennel

If you like to experiment with food and flavors, chances are fennel has made it into your kitchen. Or perhaps you’ve only tasted it via restaurant meals.  Very popular in Italian and Mediterranean cuisine, fennel is great for soups, salads and sautes, with it’s crunchy texture and appealing, almost celery-like appearance. But did you know that fennel also offers an array of health benefits?

Let’s take a closer look:

Blood Pressure: Loaded with potassium, fennel helps reduce high blood pressure. This strong boost of potassium and electrolytes also encourages strong brain function.

Constipation: High in fiber, fennel helps move food through the bowel while also stimulating bile and gastric juices, working as a natural, effective laxative for those who suffer from constipation.                 fennel

Immune System: Just one serving of fennel offers a huge shot of vitamin C, which boosts the immune system, helps fortify skin cells and protects you from free radicals that can damage and weaken the body.

Heart Disease: Managing a healthy cholesterol level is essential to healthy bodies and the prevention of heart disease. Fennel assists the body in doing exactly that.

Indigestion: Fennel helps stimulate the digestive tract, which helps the body break down food and assimilate the nutrients. It also helps reduce inflammation within the stomach and intestines, leading to a healthier digestion.

For recipes 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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Eat the Rainbow: Part V

Welcome to the New Year and the final week of the Rainbow Series! To wrap up the series, Week 5 is all about oranges and yellows.

Orange and yellow food is the absolute best source of vitamin C, which boosts the immune system, protects skin cells, and fights free radicals. In addition to this, orange and yellow foods are also a wonderful source of fiber, which help lower cholesterol, balance blood sugar, and regulate blood pressure.

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Eating yellow and orange food is as easy as waking up, squeezing fresh lemon into warm water and eating a breakfast bowl of fresh oranges and peaches. High in antioxidants, especially carotenoids, foods like butternut squash and carrots help slow arthritis and reduce the risk of certain cancers, such as lung, stomach, bladder and breast. Simply roast the orange vegetables in the oven for 45 minutes for a comforting, filling meal that helps you look and feel absolutely fabulous.

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Ready to kick-start your New Years Resolutions?! Registration is now officially open for Eat Clean Health’s ‘New Year, New You’ 7 Day Detox. 

The New Year, New You 7 Day 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; plus, it’s custom designed to help you look and feel your best with deprivation or dieting.

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

  • Reboot your Body
  • Boost Metabolism
  • Eliminate Sugar Cravings
  • Lose Weight
  • Boost the Immune System
  • Increase Energy

To register, visit Eat Clean Health’s 7 Day Detox, hit the ‘Registration’ button, fill out the health form and submit payment through our safe, convenient and easy online system. Eat Clean Health will send you a confirmation email within 24 hours and Jodi will follow up with the program materials. And don’t forget to sign up for the monthly Eat Clean Health newsletter to stay updated, informed, and inspired.

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Vitamin C for a Vibrant Complexion

One of the best parts of summer is the fresh array of juicy, delicious fruits and vegetables. Watermelons, leafy greens, strawberries, and kiwi are just a few favorites, and as an added bonus, their high content of Vitamin C helps fortify skin cells from the inside-out, leaving you with a gorgeous glow!

In addition to boosting the immune system, decreasing LDL cholesterol, and preventing heart disease, Vitamin C also combats the signs of aging. Foods high in vitamin C boost collagen production, which is essential for firm, smooth skin, and the high antioxidant content of fresh fruits helps fight skin damage caused by free radicals and oxidative stress.

Vitamin C can be found in numerous beauty and skin care products, but here at Eat Clean Health we’re big fans of eating our way to optimal health and gorgeous skin, so here’s a list of our favorite nutrient dense, vitamin C loaded whole foods.

Top 10 List of Foods High in Vitamin C:

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  • Kiwi
  • Broccoli
  • Cantaloupe
  • Bell Peppers
  • Kale
  • Parsley
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Citrus Fruits
  • Watermelon

Fresh lemon juice is, of course, another fantastic source of Vitamin C, and one of the first things I recommend to each and every client is to start the day by drinking a cup of warm water with fresh squeezed lemon juice.

Starting the day this way is a great way to:

  • Warm the digestive system
  • Flush toxins from the liver
  • Metabolize fat
  • Hydrate the body
  • Infuse the skin with a high concentration of Vitamin C.

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Incorporate these foods into your daily diet and watch your complexion transform into its healthiest, most radiant and glowing self!