Everyone Should Drink This Daily

28 Apr
Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar (Photo credit: AndyRobertsPhotos)

What if I told you there is a miracle food that has been around for thousands of years that can ease the pain of your arthritis and make your skin glow? What if I told you that food was Apple Cider Vinegar?

My dad told about a relative of a coworker who was crippled by arthritis until she started drinking “shots” of vinegar each day. Her arthritis was no longer an issue for her and her skin was like a newborns. I had to look this up!

From my research I have learned that it is recommended to mix 2 Tablespoons of raw, unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar into a glass of water and drink once or twice a day.

Here are some benefits listed on the blog, Eating Bird Food.

  • Rich in potassium, a mineral that is often times lacking in adult diets. This mineral is key for growth, building muscles, transmission of nerve impulses, heart activity etc. It also helps to prevent brittle teeth, hair loss and runny noses.
  • Rich in acetic acid. This acid is said to slow the digestion of starch which can help to lower the rise in glucose that commonly occurs after meals.
  • It can help regulate blood pressure and reduce bad cholesterol.
  • It can help clear up skin conditions and blemishes.
  • Apple Cidar Vineger helps with weight loss by breaking down fats so that your body can use them rather than store them.

Also on Eating Bird Food, she has a daily Apple Cider Vinegar recipe that isn’t too bad. I just tried it this morning.

Daily Apple Pie Apple Cider Vinegar Drink

  • 2 Tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons all natural apple juice
  • 6 ounces of cold water
  • 4 drops of vanilla liquid stevia (I used actual vanilla extract)
  • sprinkle of cinnamon
  • 1-2 cubes of ice (optional)

One more thing to note, if you try this, it has to be the raw, unfiltered version not the kind most of us probably have in our cupboards.

So, what do you think? Are you going to try this?

Top Super-food Snack Essentials

7 Apr

Lisa:

Snack on these super-foods for sustained energy between meals.

 

Originally posted on Living the Plantlife:

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100% Super-food for sustained energy between meals!  High in protein, Omega 3-6-9 and powerful anti-cancer antioxidants.

Walnuts, Almonds, Cranberries, Goji

Walnuts* – Walnuts are particularly nutritious, providing a healthy dose of omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin E.

Almonds* – Rich in dietary fiber, vitamins and minerals and packed with numerous health promoting phyto-chemicals; the kind of well-balanced food ensuring protection against disease and cancer.

Cranberries – these colorful fruits are antioxidant superstar.  Weather the berries are dried, frozen or juiced, they are an excellent sources of antioxidants.

Goji – Goji berries have been linked with wrinkle reduction and slower aging. This is due to the aging process being slowed down by the antioxidants contained within the berries.

*Almonds and Walnuts are particularly nutritious, however, they are considered to be a concentrated source of calories, so be sure to consume only the amount necessary within your dietary necessities or restrictions.

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More Antioxidants In Your Diet May Not Mean Better Health (NPR)

7 Apr
Blackberries are a source of polyphenol antiox...

Blackberries are a source of polyphenol antioxidants (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In a new study, people who ate more antioxidants overall didn’t lower their risk of stroke and dementia in old age. That flies in the face of earlier research that found that the antioxidants in fruits and vegetables reduce stroke and dementia risk.

“We’re seeing strong and clear benefits with specific antioxidants but not overall,” says , an epidemiologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital who led the new study, which was online in the journal Neurology.

Read more:

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2013/02/20/172511813/more-antioxidants-in-your-diet-may-not-mean-better-health

BIA Continued

23 Mar
English: bone density femur female

English: bone density femur female (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I thought I’d finally tell you the  results of the BIA I had last month. You’ve waited long enough. I know You could hardly wait. It’s ok. You can exhale now.

All kidding aside… the results overall were good. I’m in a healthy range on all the measurements. My weight which is perfectly fine for my height is about 10 pounds higher than I’m used to. I’m trying not to care about that. The one thing I am slightly worried about is my bone density. While in the normal range, my bone density is on the lower side of normal. The dietitian explained to me that you stop growing your bones at age 15 and after that it’s all about maintenance. I prefer not to take supplements but rather get my vitamins and minerals from my food.

I’d love to hear how you ensure you are getting enough calcium and vitamin d.

Bioelectric Impedance Analysis (BIA)

19 Feb
English: Soehnle body scale with integrated bo...

English: Soehnle body scale with integrated body fat and water monitor. Dansk: Soehnle badevægt med integreret kropsfedtmåler og kropsvandmåler (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Today I am having my first Bioelectric Impedance Analysis (BIA). I didn’t even know what that was before today. BIA is being offered as part of our wellness plan at work. Should be interesting. I thought I was just meeting with a dietician. I admit to being a little scared when I read, “due to the use of a small electrical pulse, those who are pregnant or have a pacemaker should not use BIA.” Of course I am neither pregnant nor do I have a pacemaker. But still.

 

Apparently the BIA device looks like a bathroom scale and you just stand on it barefoot for a minute to find out your body composition profile, including weight, body fat % (total and segmental), body water %, muscle mass, bone mass, daily calorie needs, metabolic age and physique rating. It’s a way to track your progress over time, for things like trying to become more fit, better hydrated or to simply have an idea of health status as time goes by.

 

Wheat-free

19 Jan

Reading an interview of William Davis, M.D. (author of Wheat Belly) got me thinking… is wheat really that bad? According to Dr. Davis, it is. He says that wheat has been bred to increase the amount yielded, causing a change in a protein called gliadin which today is a very powerful appetite stimulant. Yikes! So, he is saying that the very wheat you think keeps you full is actually making you over-eat. According to Dr. Davis, glaidin, a component of gluten, stimulates hunger for carbs.

wheat-productionHe goes on to say that glaidin is unique to wheat but other carbohydrates should be limited for other reasons. Two-thirds of Americans are diabetic or pre-diabetic and to reverse that you much limit other carbs, says Dr. Davis.

Dr. Davis recommends nut meals and flax seeds in place of wheat flour as they don’t cause the spikes in blood sugar that lead to diabetes.

All that said, I’m still on the fence. I will need to do some more research. I might try more flax seeds since I have learned they are helpful for other reasons. But to cut out wheat completely? I just don’t see that being possible for me. What about you? Wheat or wheat-free?

Food is Medicine

3 Jan

I wanted to share are article I recently read on the Huffington Post Blog. Here is just an excerpt but you can read the article in entirety at Huffington Post Science.

“We are in the midst of the most significant public health crisis of all time — our national epidemics of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease, which threaten to bankrupt Medicare by 2024. Roughly 75 percent of health care costs are due to chronic disease, and roughly 75 percent of these costs are potentially recoupable. Although we can argue the myriad proximate causes of our health decline, the one reason we can all agree on is the plethora of processed food that started after World War II, but really ramped up starting in the 1970s. Processed food took off due to expense, time savings for two-parent working or single-parent families, and the women’s rights movement. Back then, only 4 percent of all food consumed was outside the home; currently, it is 34 percent. Americans eat 31 percent more packaged food than fresh food, usually consisting of a throw-in-the oven pizza or microwave TV dinner.

These alterations in our food supply and methods of food preparation (or lack thereof) have evinced several detrimental effects. First, Americans are getting sick. Processed food means the addition of sugar; of the 600,000 items in the food supply, 80 percent are laced with added sugar (added by the food industry for its own purposes). Sugar drives the development of all these chronic metabolic diseases. Second, processed food means fiberless food because you can’t freeze fiber (try freezing an orange, see what you get). Fiber is the stealth nutrient. Lack of fiber is associated with these same diseases. Our ancestors used to consume 100 grams of fiber per day, the USDA suggests we consume 25 grams, and our median fiber consumption is 15 grams. And third, we’ve lost an entire generation of cooks. Many parents today don’t even know how to boil water, let alone prepare a meal from scratch. And this is the “gift that keeps on giving.” Kitchen-illiterate parents mean kitchen-illiterate kids, and so on. The human and economic carnage of chronic disease escalates. And so on.

Hippocrates said it first and best: “Let thy food be thy medicine.” Numerous studies demonstrate when you switch to a low-sugar, high-fiber diet — and it doesn’t matter which diet you prefer (see the high-fat Atkins Diet or the low-fat Ornish Diet or the Paleolithic Diet) — they all work to treat, and in some instances even reverse these chronic diseases. All three have been shown to reduce reliance on anti-diabetic medications. You know what you call a low-sugar, high-fiber diet? Real food. You can’t buy these diets in a box. You have to prepare them.”

Have you tried any of the diets mentioned above? I’d love to hear how it impacted your life.

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