APPLE CIDER VINEGAR is a wonder potion that can be used for treating or preventing a multitude of conditions. Here are five of my absolute favourites:
Apple cider vinegar regulates acid levels in the stomach and can really
help with acid reflux. It also increases good bacteria in the gut and fights conditions like Candida. Its antibiotic properties can help with bacterial infections in the stomach. It also contains pectin, which can help soothe stomach cramps and generally comfort your tummy. Simply mix 1tsp/1 tablespoon of vinegar in a glass of water and drink (you can add a bit of honey if the taste is too sharp for you).
Sip this before eating. If you know you're going to indulge in foods that will make you sorry later, try this: Add 1 teaspoon of honey and 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar to a glass of warm water and drink it 30 minutes before you eat.
3-Cold and flu
Most germs can't survive in the acidic environment vinegar creates, so as soon as you feel your throat hurting, use the vinegar to bust the germs! Just mix ¼ cup apple cider vinegar with ¼ cup warm water and gargle every hour.
To clear a stuffy nose, mix a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar with a glass of warm water and drink. This helps drain your sinuses.
4-Beat workout fatigue
Exercise and extreme stress cause lactic acid to build up in the body, causing fatigue. The amino acids contained in apple cider vinegar act as an antidote to this. What’s more the potassium and enzymes in the vinegar act as a pick-me-up! Next time you're feeling beat, add a tablespoon or two of apple cider vinegar to a glass of chilled water and sip.
5-Night-time leg cramps
If you’re prone to night-time cramps, add 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar and a little honey to a glass of water and drink before going to sleep. This will hopefully ease night-time leg cramps for good!
Skin is the body's largest organ. It makes sense, then, that what's good for your whole body is also good for your skin …and as far as food goes, it doesn't get much better than vegetables.
Green vegetables are the most important of all vegetables. They are high in fiber, low in fat, rich in folic acid, vitamin C, iron, calcium, potassium and magnesium. They also contain a host of phytochemicals like lutein, beta-cryptoxanthin that contribute to a healthy immune system and can then help the performance of your body and promote hair growth and clear skin. There are many green vegetables and they include Brussels sprouts, lettuce, spinach, broccoli, peas, green beans, cucumbers, green peppers, asparagus, lima beans and celery.
You also want to look out for for red-orange-yellow vegetables that are full of beta-carotene and carotenoids. Our bodies convert beta-carotene into vitamin A, which acts as an antioxidant, preventing cell damage and premature aging. In the case of vitamin A, you also get anti-acne benefits -- vitamin A has been used in acne medications (think Retin-A) for many years.
Vitamin A helps your skin produce more fresh new cells and get rid of the old ones, reducing dryness and keeping your face looking bright and young. It's best to get this vitamin A from food and not from supplements since too much can cause health problems.
Sea Vegetables, the forgotten amazing Superfood!
The incredible plants from the sea often referred to as seaweed, have increased somewhat in popularity over the past several years due to health trends such as the Macrobiotic diet.
People wanting to feel and look better, lose weight and have more energy are looking for alternative foods that satisfy that category and they don’t come better then this!
Nutrient dense sea vegetables contain vitamin A, D, E, B1, B2, vitamin C, phosphorous, potassium, plenty of calcium, iron, iodine, fiber, sodium and small amounts of protein (the potassium is responsible for the salty flavor BTW and not the sodium as many people think!)
The regular consumption of these food in reasonable quantities, helps to give you beautiful hair and skin, stabilize blood sugar levels, cleanse the intestinal tract, purify and alkalize the blood, cleanse the lymphatic system, re-balance hormones and help bind and remove heavy metals from the system.
The Organic Food and café has a big selection of sea vegetables that come dry in packets. The first time I went to buy them, I spent about half an hour staring at shelves full of products with Japanese names, confused as to which one I should try! Based on your taste preferences, I would suggest Wakame, Agar, Nori and Arame for a milder flavor. If you enjoy a stronger taste Kombu and Dulse for example will be better for you.
How do we cook sea vegetables? They are great in salads, stews and soups such as Miso.
Most of them are just soaked in water until they soften and then thrown into salads. The water they are soaked in can be used for cooking too as its full of nutrients. If you want to use them in soups or stews, you can throw them in dry and they will soften as they cook.
Click on this link for more in depth information on each individual type of sea vegetable and get some inspiration from the listed recipes:
The way you start each day is incredibly important. Whether you're a mom, a teacher, an executive, an artist, what you do first thing in the morning matters.
According to Ayurvedic philosophy, choices that you make regarding your daily routine either build up resistance to disease or tear it down.
Jump-start the day by focusing on morning rituals that work to align the body with nature's rhythms, and balance you.
Your mind may say you have to check emails, get the kids to school, that you can't be late for work or that you just don't have enough time to cultivate your own morning rituals.
But, if you can only make time for one ritual that will improve your health, let it be this.....
Start the day out with a mug of warm water and the juice of half a lemon…and if you’re like me and need to leave the house at 7am for the school run, squeeze the juice of half a lemon the night before and leave it in the fridge, then just pour hot water on top in the morning and take the flask with you in the car!
It's so simple and the benefits are just too good to ignore.
Warm water with lemon:
Boosts you're immune system , balances pH (Lemons are an incredibly alkaline food, believe it or not, and will help keep your body alkaline), helps with weight loss as they fight hunger cravings, aids digestion, acts as a gentle and natural diuretic, clears skin and hydrates the lymph system -
Adopting just this one practice of in the morning for a month can radically alter your experience of the day. Don't be surprised if you begin to view mornings in a new light!
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