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National Almond Day: Natures Gift for Nourishment Inside & Out!

When you think of nature's perfectly nutritious snacks, what comes to mind? Did almonds make the list of nourishing snacks for you? If not, I will provide you with reasons why it should; especially if you are not allergic to this exquisite, sustaining mighty and powerful nut. Almonds' crunchy texture and delightful flavor have made them one of the most popular nuts around. But almonds provide so much more than a tasty bite - they nourish our bodies in profoundly healthy ways too. Today, I will unfold the nurturing magic held within these mighty kernels and why if you are not allergic you may want to consider adding them to your balanced diet.



As a holistic health & well-being coach and educator, For years I’ve always sought out foods that provide wholesome goodness for my clients, my family and self. Almonds can delight both our tastebuds and our overall wellness. Here's why I consider them worthy of adding to your lifestyle in addition to it being National Almond Day on February 16th.:



A Treasured Antidote 

Almonds have a near-magical effect on heart health. The monounsaturated fats, vitamin E, magnesium, and phytochemicals team up to break-down and eliminate bad cholesterol, take pressure off your heart, and enhance circulation throughout the body. Their ability to kick cardiovascular disease to the curb makes almonds a top snack for promoting longevity.


Each bite also reduces inflammation within arteries, a leading culprit behind arthrosclerosis, heart attacks, and strokes. By keeping vessels supple and free-flowing, almonds deliver their protective antioxidant power throughout your system. You will feel good knowing almonds can safeguard you and your family’s health.



A Blood Sugar Guardian

For those working hard to balance blood sugar, almonds are a godsend. Their protein and healthy fats blunt sharp spikes that can wear us down over time. Enjoying almonds as part of a balanced regimen stabilizes sugar highs and lows for more even-keeled energy and for those already dealing with diabetes, almonds improve insulin sensitivity, so this vital hormone works more efficiently. An ounce a day is an easy and delicious way to encourage steady sugar levels...whether as protection against or management of this widespread concern so many faces throughout the world.



Strong Bones and Relieved PMS:

The manganese and riboflavin that exist in almonds team up to strengthen bones, preventing calcium loss. Together with their anti-inflammatory effects, almonds can ease menstrual cramps and PMS symptoms. They bolster our body against monthly upheaval. Consuming an ounce of almonds when PMS strikes can counterbalance the misery of cramps, bloating, and mood swings. By bolstering our bodies against cyclical turmoil, these mighty kernels offer women much-needed support. Their nourishing goodness helps counteract the monthly upheaval many of us face.



Brain Booster:

The bounty of goodness in almonds extends to our masterful brains. Two important nutrients that are in almonds are riboflavin and L-carnitine. These nutrients directly assist brain activity and protect neural pathways from damage. Almonds also spur the development of new brain cells so we can stay sharp into our golden years.

Beyond building better brains, almonds keep our minds right with stress-squashing properties. Their essential magnesium and friendly fats calm an overwhelmed nervous system for improved mental clarity.



Weight-Loss Power:

Almonds are not only crunchy they are filled with fiber that helps us to feel full quicker. This natural appetite suppressant prevents post-snack cravings and overeating. Their hearty protein and slow-burning fats also curb hunger pangs that can derail the diets we partake in each day.

By consuming a serving mid-morning or mid-afternoon nourishment, almonds slice total daily calories for gradual, lasting weight loss. An added perk of almonds is that they encompass vitamin B. Vitamin B2 aids in proper nutrient extraction and metabolism. Simply put, almonds help our bodies slim down more efficiently.



The Quintessential Exquisite Food:

Radiant hair, glowing skin, and glimmering eyes almonds really do have promise. Almonds pamper us with beauty benefits too. The vitamin E protects tender skin from UV damage and inflammation while boosting collagen production. In addition, when applied topically, almond oil softens rough spots and fuels new cellular growth.

Luscious locks get equal treatment through almonds' bounty of biotin, protein, and omega fatty acids. Brittle strands grow lush while dandruff disappears. Simply warm massage into scalp prior to shampooing or apply to hair ends and leave on for 30 minutes to deeply nourish and repairs damage strains. There are no surprise ancient Indian women used almond paste to boost thick, healthy tresses.



Beyond the Beauty Boost:

While rich locks and luminous skin are nice perks, true nourishment sinks deeper. It fortifies us from the inside out - body, mind, spirit, and soul. In this modern, hurried world overflowing with quick empty fixes, almonds represent a return to what sustains us at the roots of our being. Simple, real food that connects us back to nature’s wisdom. Each bite reminds us that true nourishment still grows all around us. Look up, eat up, get out in nature, and become a witness.



More Ways to use Almonds:

Add a handful of these mighty kernels to your morning oats, salad, yogurt, or midday snacks. Make almond butter or milk to satisfy and provide you energy throughout the day. Grind the almonds to make flour or extrapolate some oil for use on the skin. As you now know, there is an array of health benefits wrapped in these tiny and powerful nuts; almonds nurture us in countless ways. They fill us with more than just a loud crunch, they reveal and awaken our inner being and the fiber keeps us cleaned out.




In summary, This blog post on National Almond Day: Natures Gift for Nourishment Inside & Out, was developed to convey that what you put in your mouth, and on your body makes a world of a difference in how you function and thrive. By taking the time to educate yourself, while incorporating almonds into your diet or skincare routine more often, you can unlock the potential to nurture your well-being from the inside out this can lead to longevity.




If you are an almond fan or want to incorporate more of them into your diet. Pick up one of our recipe books or guides over at the nurture what matters store to get better acquainted with more nutrient dense foods.


**Almond Allergen Alert: Consult a healthcare professional for personalized advice, especially if you have any underlying health conditions or are severely allergic to almonds.

Symptoms of an almond allergy can range from mild (itching, hives) to severe (anaphylaxis, a life-threatening reaction). Always carry an epinephrine auto-injector (EpiPen) and get familiar with how to use it properly. It can be lifesaving in the event of a severe allergic reaction. Always inquire about ingredients prior to intaking something or putting something on your skin and let those around you know what you are or may be allergic to.


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