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(Dates are amazing for the digestive system, As one of the ‘Most anti-parasitical foods on the planet, dates bind onto, estoy, and sweep away parasites; yeast, mold, and other fungus; heavy metals; unproductive bacteria; viruses; and Jplsonous pathogens from the gut. It makes them one beneficial Canale killers known to humankind the misinformation out there about dates feeding Candida, (For more on the truth about this condition, see he entire chapter devoted toit in my frst book, Medical ‘Medium Dates also help restore peristaltic function in the, intestines, retraining the intestinal tract after paralysis or dys function to move properly and expel any rotting food. Contrary to popular belief, dates are also an ideal food for people dealing with diabetes and hypoglycemia, because, they deliver vital glucose to the liver—addressing the very .08e loss that’s responsible for blood sugar issues. They're also ideal for athletes and other adventurous and ac- tive people, as the high potassium and frult sugar content Is perfect for refueling the brain and muscles, which rely on glu= cose to power you through exercise Dates are rich in nearly 70 bioactive minerals (much higher than is documented) that support the adrenal glands to help you handle life's daily challenges. One of the most eart-healthy foods available, dates also contain a record- breaking, undiscovered amount of amino acids, Similar to \what happens with bananas, the amino acids in dates, such as leucine, help elevate the fruit's potassium to its highest potential in sustaining and fortitying muscles and nerves. This process also stops lactic acid from taking over the body when i's under stress, Dates are a warming food that expels dampness from organs such as the spleen and liver, though not to the point 6f cteating unproductive dryftess. Dates are also abundant in anti-cancerous properties, making them a must for anyone ‘seeking disease prevention and optimal heatth CONDITIONS ‘iyou have any of the following conditions, try bringing dates ‘into your ite Diabetes, hypoglycemia, small intestinal bacterial over ‘growth (SIBO), cardiovascular disease, fungal infections, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), hypertension, lung Cancer, obesity, thyroid disease, aneurysm, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), narcissistic personality disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), adrenal fatigue, pho- bias, chronic sinusitis, rosacea, schizophrenia, social anxiety disorder, autism, attention-deficitfhyperactivity disorder (ADHD), tuberculosis, vertigo, eating disorders, insomnia, gum disease, edema SYMPTOMS: Myou have any of the following symptoms, try bringing dates into your tte: Blood sugar imbalances, mucus in the stool, Candicla overgrowth, constipation, muscle fatigue, earache, dizzi- hess, shortness of breath, vaginal pain, heart palpitations, anxiousness, sweats, urinary urgency, lack of focus and concentration, tremors, food allergies, sleep disturbances, Panic attacks, ringing or buzzing in the ears, spasms, tics, head pain, headaches, gum pain, ear pain, cough, confu- sion, brain fog EMOTIONAL SUPPORT Eating dates can put up a shield around you, providing a protection from people who feel jealousy toward you. And hile you sleep, they help to release your own stored-up toxic emotions—such as fearfulness, shame, demoralization, and the sense of being judged, wronged, or bullied. Ultimately, dates strengthen your sense of purpose so you can be your most productive an enthusiastic SPIRITUAL LESSON Dates teach us to shift from selfishness to selflessness. Their ‘sweet, nourishing nature can be positively addicting—their delicious flavor so enjoyable that we tend to want to keep them all to ourselves. The lesson is in holding back from hoarding your supply of dates. Eat only a few at a time, so you can share your bounty with others. Watching friends and family smile as they take the dates’ sustenance into their bod- {es will help you cleanse yourself of greed, reorient toward giving, and ultimately recognize the truth that connecting to your inherent selflessness is an essential component of spiri- tual success. TIPS * To experience dates’ maximum benefits, eat four to six daly, * IFyou'e in need of a better night’s sleep, eat one date two hours before you retire for bed. * For a more profound experience from whichever form of meditation you choose, eat three dates before you begin your session. * When you're packing for a trip that involves Uncertainty about when, where, or how you'll find food along the way, seal one date in plastic wrap {and stow itn your pocket or baggage. You don't have to actually eat the date on your journey (although it's great for an emergency}—rather, this traveling date will be your good luck charm to help ensure you never go hungry.