The Healing Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

There are many other practical benefits to apple cider vinegar than just washing your fruits & veggies!

We love using apple cider vinegar on a daily basis. Its great for helping with digestion, helps stabilize blood sugar, helps with acid reflux. Granted, the taste is quite strong and takes some getting used to. BUT it’s wonderful for your body!

Lets heal our bodies with whole foods!

  • Apple cider vinegar helps remove stagnation in the blood. Meaning, it expresses energy outwards, moving it forward along its natural path and gets your blood pumping!  Some experts state that apple cider vinegar can even help with emotional stagnation. Feel like your stuck-in-a-rut? Drink some apple cider vinegar blended with water! it can create a balancing effect . . . and give you the push you need to clear your head, wake you up, and push you along your path.
  • Although apple cider vinegar is highly acidic, it has an alkalizing effect on the blood and urine, working to balance your body. It aids in the overall digestive process of your body stimulating the production of more hydrochloric acid and assists further down the line in the conversion of urine and blood into an alkaline forming state.
  • Apple cider vinegar is a natural solvent. Meaning, it can remove accumulations from the liver and gut from excess consumption of “rich foods”.  Have you been indulging in too much heavy, fatty foods? Non-organic meats?
    Rich pastas for dinner? Apple Cider Vinegar can give you a nice “cleaning” inside leaving you feeling quite good!
  • Not sure what you’ve been eating? (Hopefully, you do) Apple cider vinegar’s cleaning benefits can help remove worms & many other parasites from the gut. In today’s day this is a huge topic. Parasites and fungal infections are becoming more and more common among people. It can also help you heal from many fungal infections, especially the common nail fungus.  ~ Stick with apple cider vinegar to help protect against future parasite or fungus infections.
    Remember, many fruits and veggies can actually have parasites or funguses on their surface layers. So, know them out with apple cider vinegar.
  • Apple cider vinegar contains citric acid which helps dissolve kidney stones by softening them. It also acts as an internal cleanser that cleans and flushes out the kidneys to remove the formed stones. The alkalizing effect of apple cider vinegar helps prevent new kidney stone formations by dissolving the crystals that later form into stones. It also has acetic and phosphoric acids which helps to reduce the size or completely dissolve the kidney stones and allow them to pass freely. It also reduces or eliminates the pain that is caused due to kidney stones.
  • Apple cider vinegar is great in aiding skin conditions like acne. Of course, there are many causes of acne, but like mentioned earlier, apple cider vinegar works like a solvent. It’s great at cleaning things out of the body. This is exactly why you would see benefits with acne.
  • By far the most successful application of vinegar to date, is in patients with type 2 diabetes.
    Vinegar has been shown to have numerous benefits for insulin function and blood sugar levels:
    – Improves insulin sensitivity during a high-carb meal by 19-34% and significantly lowers blood glucose and insulin responses.
    – Reduces blood sugar by 34% when eating 50 grams of white bread.
    – 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar before bedtime can reduce fasting blood sugars by 4%.
    The Point: Apple cider vinegar has been shown to improve insulin sensitivity and help lower blood sugar responses after meals.

Don’t forget to use organic unfiltered apple cider vinegar, the “cloudy” kind, where you can see a blob in the bottle. That blob is known as “the mother,” and it’s full of probiotics and other beneficial bacteria. This kind of vinegar is the best to support immune function.

Also, it is said that people who have a somewhat weak digestion, experience watery stool or have a rheumatism should be cautious when using apple cider vinegar.
When is doubt, speak with your healthcare practitioner!


Our Fruit & Veggie Wash
Mix 1-2 TBS of raw organic apple cider vinegar with 1 galloon of good quality (or distilled) water.
It can actually PULL the toxins out of the fruits and veggies.

NOTE: If you don’t drink your tap water…don’t wash your food  in it.

Berries – Mother Nature’s Little Superfood

Here’s some Berry Good News! Don’t we all love good news?

Studies have shown that berries and other fruits provide broad-spectrum protection against heart disease, diabetes, cognitive decline and even cancer!

Of course we all know berries contain essential vitamins and minerals. However the National Institute of Health is discovering that the health benefits of berries go far beyond their traditional nutrients. Notice the deep red, blue and purple pigments found in blueberries, blackberries, grapes, etc.?
Extensive research has revealed that the polyphenols which create these deep colors provide powerful antioxidant protection. Known as anthocyanins, these nutrients combat oxidative stress, and can help with many major diseases such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, sclerosis, cancer and allergic disorders. Anthocyanin-rich foods provide multiple benefits that go beyond berries’ well known antioxidant activity, which include:

  • Enhanced glucose metabolism and reduced glucose absorption
  • Reduced formation and enhanced immune system clearance of amyloid, a protein found in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients
  • Programmed cell death in cancer cell lines
  • Antiviral, antibacterial and antiparasitic activity
  • Reduced capillary permeability and fragility
  • Improved neuronal cellular communication   

Now that we know the amazing effects of anthocyanin, here is a list of the sources considered by scientists to be the most potent.

 

 

Strawberry

  • Inhibit the growth of oral, colon, prostate, liver and breast cancers
  • Reduce cognitive decline in elderly humans.
  • Reduce the formation of unwanted blood clots, which lower total and LDL cholesterol
  • Improve lipid peroxidation
  • Decrease biomarkers of atherosclerosis
  • Help prevent heart attack and stroke

 

Blueberry

  • Enhance cognitive performance
  • Protect against age-related decline of memory and brain function
  • Improve cognition in Alzheimer’s disease studies
  • Help protect the aorta, lower blood pressure, and improve insulin resistance and glucose control
  • In the laboratory, blueberries induced the self-destruction of oral, breast, colon, and prostate cancer cells

 

Cherries

  • Exhibit potent cardiovascular and antidiabetic effects
  • Block inflammatory pathways associated with gout and arthritis (a 2012 study discovered that cherry intake reduced gout attacks by 35%)
  • Reduce blood levels of triglycerides, cholesterol, glucose, insulin, even the cholesterol that is stored in the liver
  • Rich in a phytonutrient called perillyl alchohol, which has been known to prevent the development, or limit the progression of, several cancer types including colon cancer

 

Pomegranate

  • Shown promise in reducing the risk of metastasis in breast cancer
  • Initiate apoptosis (programmed cell death) and inhibit the proliferation of prostate, lung, colon, and other cancers
  • Protect cardiovascular health by significantly reducing both arterial plaque, lowing blood pressure, and improving blood lipid profiles
  • Reduce inflammation in colitis, enhance drug antibacterial activity, and suppress inflammation and joint damage in rheumatoid arthritis
  • Supports the skin’s underlying structure and lowers the production of collagen-degrading enzymes, resulting in younger-looking skin

 

Prune

  • The prune is the fruit that is the MOST effective at both preventing and reversing bone loss, in part due to suppressing the rate of bone turnover.
  • Improve the body’s ability to absorb iron
  • Can help normalize blood sugar
  • Prevents over-eating
  • Lowers cholesterol
  • Protects intestines
  • Natural laxative
  • Great anti-Oxidant Source

 

Cranberry

  • Best known for their ability to help prevent urinary tract infections (they do this by inhibiting the adherence of E. coli to the urethra and bladder wall, making it easier for the body to flush them out)
  • Protect against gastric ulcers by preventing Helicobacter pylori from adhering to the stomach lining.
  • Display anti-proliferative activity in vitro and in vivo, against cancer cells of several different types; gastric, esophageal adenocarcinoma, breast, prostate, colon, and lung
  • Modulate blood pressure, inhibit platelet aggregation, and reduce inflammation

 

Grape

  • Block the proliferation of prostate, colon, leukemia, and other cancer cell
  • Highly active compounds in grapes protect cardiovascular health by helping to prevent platelet aggregation, LDL oxidation, and high blood
  • Reduce fatty streaks in the aorta, minimize inflammation, and prevent decreased blood flow to the brain
  • The polyphenols in grapes can help combat neurological diseases by potently inhibiting the production of neurofibrillary tangles, a primary marker for Alzheimer’s disease

 

Raspberry

  • Rich source of ellagitannin, an antioxidant which decreases the characteristics associated with metabolic syndrome, which is induced by a high-fat, high-carbohydrate diet, making it a useful dietary supplement
  • Protect against DNA damage in colon cancer cells, and inhibit colon cancer invasion
  • Efficacy against oral, breast, cervical, and prostate cancers by stimulating apoptosis in human cancer cells
  • Helps prevent the development of atherosclerosis through improved antioxidant status and serum lipid profiles

Goji Berry
Contain 21 Trace Minerals!

Vitamin A – a 1/4 cup serving contains 180% of your daily value.
Vitamin C – a 1/4 cup serving has 30% of your daily value.
Iron – a 1/4 cup provides 15% of your daily value

  • Increase energy level
  • Packed with fiber
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Enhances fertility
  • Loaded with beta-carotene which promotes healthy skin
  • Promotes longevity
  • Enhances vision
  • Rich in antioxidants that fight cellular damage

If you’re not a fan of any of these fruits (or you want to avoid the sugar), you can find extracts that will give you the same benefits as their fresh counterparts. For the fruit lovers our there (like me!) your addiction is validated!
You can enjoy your delicious berries knowing they are providing powerful health benefits and protecting your body from diseases!
Who says you can’t have it all?

FEEL GREAT WHILE LOSING WEIGHT

Don’t let a lack of energy be the downfall of your diet!

Ever give up on a diet because it left you feeling drained and sluggish? You’re not alone. Lack of energy is a common complaint from dieters. And if you’re feeling zapped, how will you have the strength to exercise or stay committed to the diet?

Unfortunately, certain diet plans set the stage for fatigue. You either don’t eat enough calories for energy or you don’t eat the right kind of calories for lasting energy.

Follow these dieting tips to maximize your energy.

Eat Healthy Carbs

Many diet plans are based on reducing the amount of carbohydrates you eat. Though these diets can help you lose a few pounds quickly, carbs give your body energy. Don’t get enough of them, and you’ll likely feel dragged out and drained. Carbs should account for around half of your total calories each day.

For someone on a 2000-calorie diet, this would be around 275 grams of carbohydrates. The Atkins diet limits carb intake to 20 grams daily, and the Zone diet lowers the daily amount of carbs to 40 percent of your daily calories.

If you’re on a carb-restricting diet, make sure you’re getting energy from nutrient-rich foods such as eggs, low-fat dairy, whole grains, and high-fiber foods like nuts and apples. Without enough energy, your body may not get adequate nutrition and your blood sugar may drop too low. Concerned with the dangers of restricting carbs? Talk with your doctor.

” The higher your energy level, the more efficient your body. The more efficient your body, the better you will feel and the more you will use your talent to produce outstanding results. – Tony Robbins”

Get Essential Nutrients

A lack of energy may be due to a lack of essential vitamins and minerals your body needs for optimal function. If you’re skimping on meals and snacks, you may be low on magnesium, B vitamins, or omega-3 fatty acids. Get at least 400 milligrams a day of magnesium. This mineral is found in leafy greens, whole grains, or peanut butter.

B vitamins play an important role in the way your body uses energy. Get these vitamins from fish, meat, poultry, dairy, eggs, green vegetables, or fortified grains.

Omega-3 fatty acids help regulate your metabolism and increase your energy. Found in fatty fish (salmon, tuna, and mackerel), walnuts, and leafy greens, omega-3s help improve your mood, energy level, and memory.
The bottom line is that if you’re restricting the number of calories you eat, you’ve got to make sure you’re eating nutrient-dense foods. No more processed, fried, or refined foods. And take a supplement if needed.

Drink Enough Fluids

One reason many people feel drained is because they are drained…of fluids. Dehydration makes you feel sluggish. If your organs aren’t receiving enough blood flow they can’t do their jobs properly. Keep up your energy by drinking water throughout the day. You’ll know you’re getting enough fluids if your urine is clear to pale yellow. Skip high-calorie or sugar-filled liquids and drink water or unsweetened green tea.

Eat Breakfast and Snacks

Don’t think that by skipping breakfast you’re doing your waistline a favor. Quite the contrary. Eating a healthy breakfast jump starts your metabolism for the day and gives you energy for the day.

Many people can’t make it until the next meal without feeling sluggish. The right kind of snack keeps your blood sugar regulated and helps you make it until dinner. Combine complex carbs, protein, and fat for lasting energy and a satisfied stomach. Try nuts with dried fruit, yogurt with granola, or whole-grain chips and salsa.

Get Enough Exercise

You may not feel like exercising, but it may be just what you need to improve your energy level. If you’re on a low-carb diet, resistance training may be your best option for successful weight loss. Be sure to get at least 30 minutes a day of moderate intensity physical activity.