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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?

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Top Super-food Snack Essentials

7 Apr

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

 

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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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.