Here’s why you should drink apple cider vinegar, and how to get your daily dose.
Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar
Of all the claims made by apple cider vinegar proponents, this one has the most meat to it: One study by researchers at Arizona State University found that the glucose levels of participants were 34 percent lower than the controls when they drank 20 grams of apple cider vinegar mixed with 40 grams of water and one teaspoon of sugar during a meal (1).
A separate study found that patients with diabetes who consumed two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar before bed woke with improved fasting glucose levels (2).
It’s not a direct link, but for some of the same reasons apple cider vinegar helps with your blood sugar levels, it can also help with your waistline. Glucose levels were lower after participants in the Arizona State study drank vinegar because it contains acetic acid, which increases insulin sensitivity and can slow the absorption of calories from a meal.
Additionally, lower glucose levels have been linked to feeling more full and, presumably, eating less. To date, however, there isn’t much data linking apple cider vinegar directly to weight loss.
What’s the Best Way to Drink Apple Cider Vinegar?
The most basic way you can get your daily fix of apple cider vinegar is by taking it straight up as a shot. But not everyone enjoys that burning sensation in the back of their throats, especially first thing in the morning!
If a shot of ACV is too strong or sour for your taste, you can try diluting it with water, seltzer or tea and sweeten it up with a bit of honey to make it more palatable.
If you’re feeling even more creative, you can incorporate apple cider vinegar into everything from smoothies and detox drinks to cocktails and mocktails.
Here are two ACV drinks you can enjoy equally for their taste and their health benefits:
Spiced Cranberry & Rosemary Mocktail
(Recipe and photo courtesy of Miss Allie’s Kitchen)
Cranberries, lime and rosemary for garnish (optional)
Add the water, cranberries, raw honey, Fire Cider Original and rosemary to a medium saucepan. Over medium heat, bring the mixture to a boil, cover and reduce to a simmer for 10 minutes. Strain the mixture out, and place it in the freezer to chill for 20 minutes. Fill a glass with ice and to each, add ½ cup of the spiced cranberry and rosemary syrup and 1 cup of lime seltzer. Mix, garnish with desired toppings and enjoy.
In a mug, add whiskey, lemon juice and turmeric sipping vinegar. Top with hot water and mix well. Add one star anise and serve.
Other Ways to Consume Apple Cider Vinegar
If you’re still not keen on drinking apple cider vinegar, there are other ways to consume it. For example, you can work it into a marinade or sauce for a little extra zip.
Of course, salads are a great vehicle for apple cider vinegar, and a tasty vinaigrette or dressing might make you more likely to eat nutritious leafy greens and veggies. Combining vinegar with oil also helps balance the pH level and prevent tooth enamel erosion from the acetic acid.
If you can’t stand the taste no matter how you prepare it, apple cider vinegar capsules might be your best bet. Keep in mind that the amount of acetic and citric acids in commercially available apple cider vinegar tablets reportedly varies dramatically between samples (3). This means dosage information on apple cider vinegar capsule packages may not be accurate, and taking too much can cause digestion issues.
Known for its cult following among beauty bloggers and Whole Foods shoppers alike, Aztec Secret is a bentonite clay that has been used to “beautify and refresh” the skin for centuries, according to its packaging.
“Bentonite clay comes from volcanic ash and gets its name from Fort Benton, Wyoming, where several volcanoes are present and the clay is still harvested today,” says Stacey Rex, creator and owner of Pure Stella Skin Care in Charlotte, North Carolina. “Bentonite clay is known to have an abundance of minerals, including calcium, magnesium, sodium, copper, iron and potassium.”
A specific type of bentonite is found in Death Valley, California, and is the clay used in the famed Aztec Secret (not-so-secret) product. When combined with a liquid, like water or apple cider vinegar, the clay becomes a powerful—and cheap—detoxifying mask.
“It is a great mask to deep cleanse the skin, draw out impurities and tighten the skin while delivering minerals that nourish the skin,” says David Pollock, a beauty industry chemist and founder of justaskdavid.com. “It is a bit old school, but there is a reason it is a classic: It works and it’s affordable.”
To use the clay, mix the original recipe—equal parts clay and apple cider vinegar combined into a face mask—or try one of these five other ways to use it.
As a Hair Treatment
Bentonite is traditionally used to help draw dirt, debris and excess oil from the skin, says Crystal Baldazo, an esthetics master educator at Tricoci University of Beauty Culture in Chicago, but it can also be used as a treatment on the hair and scalp.
“I have a friend who uses this to detox her scalp and hair as a clarifying treatment—she swears by it,” Baldazo says. “As a clarifying treatment, mix it up in the same way as the face mask and apply it to the area, [then] let it sit for 20 minutes [before rinsing].”
Silica, another mineral found in bentonite, is known to build strong hair and nails, Pollock says.
As a Spot Treatment
The beauty of the clay is that it can be used as a mask anywhere you need it—even as a spot treatment for breakouts and newly-formed blemishes. As a spot treatment, mix the clay as you would a face mask (just use less), then dab a small amount onto the affected area and leave it on overnight before rinsing off, Pollock says.
As a Bath Soak
Part of the reason the clay works is that, when added to a liquid, it takes on an “electric charge” that allows it to absorb and remove impurities and chemicals from the body, Rex says. This is how the clay brightens your complexion.
If you’re looking to level-up your bath, Rex recommends adding 1/4 cup of the clay to bath water for a detoxifying soak.
To Treat Bug Bites
Bentonite’s ability to draw out toxins (what doesn’t this stuff do?) also makes it perfect for taking the sting out of insect and mosquito bites, Rex says.
She recommends combining the clay—again equal parts liquid and clay—in a small silicone bowl, mixing with your fingers, then dabbing onto bites to lessen the pain.
As a Mask Mix-In
Although the clay is beneficial enough on its own, adding a few ingredients can enhance the benefits of the mask and makes for an easy DIY, Pollock says. Here’s one to try:
1 tablespoon of manuka honey
2 tablespoons of bentonite clay
1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar
1 to 2 tablespoons of purified water
1 teaspoon of activated charcoal (optional)
Mix the ingredients together into a paste, then apply and let it sit for 10 minutes before rinsing, he says.
“Let [the mask] sit until fully dry so that it can draw out impurities and tighten the skin,” he says. “Follow with a serum and moisturizer.”
Because the clay can be a bit drying on its own, consider mixing it with Greek yogurt, honey or a combination of water and jojoba or a non-comedogenic face oil, Rex says. You can even add a few drops of an essential oil to the mix for aromatherapy benefits, she adds.
Keep in Mind
Because the clay is stimulating (the Aztec Secret label proclaims, “FEEL YOUR FACE PULSATE!”), expect your face to be pink or red when you take it off, Baldazo says.
“The pulsating lets you know that your blood flow to the area is increasing and increased blood flow to the face helps with oxygenating the skin, making it look more youthful and giving it a glow,” she says. “The redness or pinkness of your skin after the removal is an indication of the same.”
Be sure not to leave the mask on too long, Rex adds, as the clay can begin to extract moisture from your face if it becomes too dry.
Most importantly, while some people (i.e., celebrities) extol the benefits of consuming bentonite clay internally, you must find a food-safe clay version before trying to eat or drink it, Rex says. Speak with a doctor, esthetician or dermatologist if you have questions about food-safe clays.
Clay masks are definitely having a moment in the wellness spotlight! You may have seen people with grayish-greenish, mud-slathered faces in your social feeds all in the name of #selfcaresunday. Believe it or not, clay masks have actually been used for centuries to beautify, refresh and heal a variety of skin and health issues. There are a number of clays on the market that boast their own set of health benefits, but the most popular of which is bentonite clay.
What is Bentonite clay and how does it work?
Also known as green clay, bentonite clay is composed of aged volcanic ash. It’s known for its unique ability to produce a negative charge when hydrated, allowing it to act like a magnet and bind to heavy metals and toxins, which typically have positive charges. It has an alkalizing effect on the body and may help balance gut bacteria when taken in small doses.
Best ways to use
Face mask: To detoxify skin and remove impurities, mix up a paste of clay and water. Typically a teaspoon of water to a tablespoon of clay works best, but it depends on how thick of a paste you prefer. Swapping apple cider vinegar for water will deepen the cleansing effect, but might not be a good choice for sensitive skin!
Skin Irritations: Applying a mask of bentonite clay and water to skin irritations may help them heal faster. Clay is able to bind to bacteria and toxins living on the surface of the skin, making it an excellent antibiotic treatment to reduce redness, itchiness, and help fight allergic reactions.
Detox Bath: Add 1/4-1/2 cup of clay to a bath for a relaxing and detoxifying soak. This can help soften skin and soothe any irritations by removing impurities.
Detox drink: A daily dose of bentonite clay may help balance gut bacteria and relieve indigestion. Start small by stirring a 1/4-1/2 teaspoon to see how your body reacts, before increasing to 1 teaspoon.
A few words of caution…
Never mix bentonite clay with metal utensils! It can bind to toxins in the metal which will then end up on your skin.
Always do a skin patch testbefore applying a face mask or treating skin irritations. Bentonite clay is ideal for normal to oily skin types and may be too harsh for those with dry or sensitive skin.
As with any supplement, check with your doctor before ingesting bentonite clay as a detox drink, as it may interfere with any existing supplements or medications you’re taking.
Have you ever tried healing clay masks? Share your experience in the comments?
You’ve seen Kombucha lining health store aisles, maybe mispronounced it a few times and probably tried it at least once…but what exactly is it and why is it so popular? Kombucha (Kom-booch-uh) is a fermented tea that originated in Northeast China around 220 B.C. and was revered for its health-boosting and gut-healing properties. It’s made by mixing black tea (or green tea) and sugar, then fermenting the blend into a fizzy, probiotic-packed wellness drink. Fermentation, by definition, is the chemical breakdown of a substance by bacteria, yeasts or other microorganisms.
For Kombucha, fermentation happens through “SCOBY”—an acronym for a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast. The SCOBY is part of the brewing process and a new layer of SCOBY will grow on the surface of the original used to begin the brew. For your first batch, you need to purchase a SCOBY from a reputable source. Once added to the tea-sugar blend, SCOBY breaks down most of the sugar in the mixture. The batch is left to ferment for 1-2 weeks and is then transferred to bottles where it sits for another 1-2 weeks to encourage carbonation. During bottling, different flavors are infused to create a refreshing, bubbly, health beverage. Kombucha is popular because it combines the health benefits of tea with those of probiotics and healthy bacteria!
Health Benefits of Kombucha
Packed with antioxidants, enzymes and organic acids such as acetic, caprylic and more
Contains B-Vitamins such as B1, B2, B3, B5, B12
May reduce heart disease risk
Improves digestion and supports a healthy gut
May have immune system boosting & antiviral properties
Antioxidants in Kombucha may help protect the liver
Herbs, spices, fruits or flavoring of your choice (optional)
Clean all surfaces, utensils, pots, jars & hands with soap & water—leaving no residue behind. Always use glass vessels and wooden or plastic utensils.
Bring ¼ gallon of filtered water to a boil.
While the water is heating, prepare your tea. If you are using loose leaf tea you will need a mesh tea ball. The tea for this step should be simple & unflavored. Earl Grey and other flavored teas are not recommended.
Once the water has reached a boil, steep six tea bags (12 grams) of black or green tea in hot water for 20 minutes, mixing frequently. Make sure to do this step in a pot that can withstand high temperatures.
Remove the tea bags and stir 1 cup of sugar into the pot. Mix this for a couple of minutes to help the sugar dissolve.
Pour your mixture into your 1 gallon, glass fermentation jar.
Fill the jar with 8 cups of cold, filtered water.
Use your thermometer to ensure the temperature reads between 68-84 degrees F before adding your SCOBY or Kombucha culture.
Once the temperature is right, add your culture to the mixture.
Cover your fermentation jar with an organic cotton cover and seal it with a rubber band.
Place your mixture in a warm place out of direct sunlight & with plenty of airflow (not in a closed cupboard). The best temperature for this process is between 72 and 80 degrees F. Make sure to check the temperature gauge frequently & adjust locations as needed.
After a couple of days you will begin to notice a cream-colored layer growing on top of your brew. This is your new culture! Your batch should be ready in about 9-14 days depending on the temperature, water quality & your taste preference. Cool temperatures slow fermentation while warm temperatures speed it up. The typical fermentation period is about 7-10 days.
If your batch is too sweet, put the cloth back on and let it brew a few more days. If it is too tart you can sweeten during the bottling process.
After you have made your Kombucha, it’s time to bottle it!
Bottling & “Second Fermentation”
Remove the SCOBY & place into a glass or porcelain container. Pour some of the Kombucha liquid on top, enough to cover your SCOBY. This will be the starter liquid for your next batch and keeps the SCOBY fresh.
Add your brew to a 32 oz. glass bottle with a tight-fitting lid. Your brew may contain brown blobs, strands, or debris after removing the SCOBY & that it is perfectly fine! It’s just parts leftover from the mother SCOBY. If you don’t like the blobs, you can use a strainer if when pouring your Kombucha into the bottle.
It’s best to leave an inch or less of air at the top of the bottle. This should allow for the appropriate amount of carbonation.
You can use crushed leaves of fresh herbs, ground or whole spices, fruit purees, veggie juices & host of other options to flavor your brew. Add the individual flavors directly into your Kombucha bottle and cap. If your lid is metal, be sure to place plastic wrap in between the lid & your Kombucha.
If you are looking for a carbonated beverage, let the sealed bottle continue to ferment at room temperature for 3-7 days. Then put the mixture into the fridge & enjoy. If you don’t like fizzy drinks or carbonation, you can just put the flavored bottle straight into the fridge after bottling. You can strain out the fruits, herbs etc. after if preferred.
Always use caution when brewing your own Kombucha & be careful about fermenting it too long.
Never touch the Kombucha or SCOBY with metal as it may kill it.
Look out for mold! Brown, clear and cream are acceptable colors for your SCOBY. Black, green, blue or white, fuzzy mold & dark, round spots should never be present. If you see any of those make sure to throw the culture and brew away.
If you ever have any reserves about your Kombucha, reach out to someone for help. You should also check the pH of your Kombucha using test strips to make sure it’s between 2.5-3.5—the ideal range for Kombucha.
If you are brewing for the first time & nervous about making your own Kombucha, there are an assortment of kits you can purchase which provide you with everything you need to brew your own. They also come with easy-to-follow instructions that make the process very enjoyable!
It’s recommended to start with a little Kombucha a day & gradually work your way up to drinking more. Stick with about 8 oz. per day or less, especially in the beginning.
If you are pregnant, breast feeding or have underlying health conditions, make sure to check with your health care provider before trying Kombucha.
Kombucha is brewed using black tea and sugar which, when fermented, turns into alcohol in very small amounts. However, only about 1% of Kombucha is believed to be alcohol.
Performing regular body cleanses and detoxes are essential for good health and healing, but some people tend to think detoxing should be a one-time event, ranging from 24 hours to 2-weeks. Detoxification doesn’t always have to be a dramatic juice cleanse or intensive fasting. In fact, we should be making smaller lifestyle choices every day to continuously clear the body of toxins since we are often in contact with harmful organisms and pollutants. In order to prevent a buildup of these toxins, here are 10 easy ways to make every day a detox.
1. Natural, organic foods
Eating whole, organic foods is one of the best ways to improve your body’s detoxification process and reduce the intake of toxins. Choose fresh organic vegetables and fruits instead of fast food, processed food, GMO products and pesticide contaminated foods.
Exfoliating your skin is also a simple way to detox your body. Removing toxins present in your skin creates better circulation through daily oil massages and skin brushing. Before taking a shower, take a dry loofah sponge and brush your body to improve results.
3. Drinking water
You can purify your body by drinking lots of water. Staying hydrated all day and having adequate amounts of water is essential as your body needs water to produce saliva, help with perspiration and remove plenty of toxins each time you go to the bathroom.
Exercising helps you sweat and consequently release toxins through your skin. Sweating it out in the sauna can also help your body eliminate waste through increased body temperature and perspiration.
5. Herbal tea
Drinking herbal tea can offer different cleansing benefits as these infusions are a rich source of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that are high on health benefits. Look for ingredients such as ginseng, ginger, peppermint, spearmint, lemongrass and cinnamon.
6. Purify the air
Breathing clean air is another way to reduce your exposure to toxins. Clean up the air in your home and keep up a high-quality, toxin-free air by reducing smoke, fumes, mold, and microorganisms.
7. Vitamin C
Increasing vitamin C intake is especially helpful for detox since it induces the production of glutathione, which is a compound that flushes toxins out. Try to eat fruits high on vitamin C such as oranges, pineapples, and papayas regularly.
Probiotic supplements are one of the best ways to enhance detoxification. These products, as well as digestive enzymes, can help your body digest and process the food you’re eating.
Hydrotherapy is an effective way to detox the body. While hot water relaxes blood vessels and dilates them, cold water stimulates them, and this process may decrease inflammation and naturally remove toxins from tissues.
Increase fiber intake as the kidney and liver are crucial for the filtration of the toxins in the body and thus promote overall cleansing.
What are some little steps you take every day to keep your body as toxin-free as possible? Let us know in the comments.
The term “superfood” is definitely overused these days. Everything seems to be a superfood but when it comes to chlorella, the endless list of health benefits that this algae can provide speaks for itself. Green shakes have been a hot topic as a refreshing cold beverage may be one of the best ways to ensure you get your daily dose of nutrition. Let’s look at 8 benefits of a daily chlorella shake.
The phytonutrients in chlorella promote detoxification, especially heavy metal excretion such as lead, cadmium, mercury and uranium. Plus, chlorella’s high levels of chlorophyll have been shown to detoxifyradiation by protecting the body against ultraviolet radiation treatments while removing radioactive particles from the body.
Chlorella can be helpful in weight control by promoting weight loss and regulate hormones. Known to reduce body fat, chlorella supplements can help regulate your metabolism, total cholesterol, blood glucose levels, improve circulation, and boost energy levels.
4. Immune System
Chlorella can enhance immune system functions as this algae is loaded with vitamins and minerals, including iron, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, folic acid, zinc, and vitamins A, C, B6, B12, and E.
Chlorella has an alkalinizing effect upon the body, promoting the growth of lactobacilli in the intestines and, as a result, improving overall bowel health. It’s also packed with protein, a 100-gram serving of chlorella contains over 58 grams of protein.
Chlorella supplements may help regulate cholesterol levels as studies have shown that taking 5–10 grams of chlorella daily lowered total and LDL cholesterol and triglycerides in people with high blood pressure and/or slightly elevated cholesterol. It contains niacin, fiber, carotenoids, and antioxidants, all known to supporte healthy cholesterol levels.
Chlorella has some components that can help reduce inflammation. Research suggests that the antioxidants in chlorella may have anti-inflammatory effects, which can possibly improve asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and other respiratory diseases.
Apple cider vinegar has been a fountain of health benefits for quite some time now. Loaded with acetic acid, potassium, magnesium, probiotics, enzymes and polyphenols, apple cider vinegar is known to help weight-loss but it can also help with so much more. Let’s look a 5 benefits of apple cider vinegar.
1. Support Weight Loss and Metabolism
The number one health benefit from apple cider vinegar continues to be weight loss. Researchers have concluded that consuming apple cider vinegar could promote weight loss by reducing sugar cravings, improving detoxification, and reducing body fat up to 10%.
2. Regulates Blood Sugar Levels
Apple cider vinegar can help lower blood sugar levels and fight type 2 diabetes, characterized by elevated blood sugars, either in the context of insulin resistance or an inability to produce insulin. When avoiding refined carbs and sugar, apple cider vinegar may have a powerful positive effect on regulating blood sugar levels.
3. Detox Your Body
Used by many detox products, unfiltered apple cider vinegar is a liver and lymphatic tonic which can help detox your body. It helps balance your body’s pH and stimulates cardiovascular stimulation, bowel motility and lymphatic drainage.
4. Kills Bacteria
Acetic acid present in apple cider vinegar has the ability to kill pathogens, including bacteria and, at the same time, foster the growth of beneficial bacteria. Because acetic acid kills unwanted bacteria when it comes into contact with it, it essentially acts as a natural antibiotic.
5. Digestive Support
Apple cider vinegar is known to reduce bloating. Vinegar increases the acidity in the stomach, which allows it to digest the food you’ve eaten and helps propel it into the small intestine.
2017 has started and, as we know, losing weight and eating healthy are among the most popular New Year’s resolutions. Some people may not know that one of the most important steps of starting a weight-loss diet is to detoxify the body. So, in order to help you start a healthy 2017, Lucky Vitamin is introducing a top-quality brand of detox products: Detoxwater.
Detoxwater is your healthy hydration alternative that not only quenches thirst and tastes delicious but also delivers the plethora of health benefits associated with drinking the most premium aloe in the world. This ready-to-drink beverage is made with vitamins, electrolytes, and the highest quality aloe vera and was created to help promoting wellness from the inside out.
With only 30 calories per bottle, Detoxwater delivers the clinically proven benefits of pure aloe juice, an ingredient known to support immune function, healthy digestion, nutrient absorption, and improved skin elasticity. It’s the perfect beverage to replenish and restore your body with electrolytes, vitamin c, and a full range of vitamin B.
Each bottle contains 350mg of ACTValoe which are aloe gel flakes with no less than 10% aloe polysaccharide by dry weight. Essentially, that’s like drinking a shot of the most extensively researched and clinically-proven pure aloe vera juice. Certified USDA Organic, OU Kosher, vegan, and gluten-free, Detoxwater is available in three delicious flavors: Original Lychee and White Grape, Mangaloe, and Pinamint, a mix of pineapple and mint, flavors.
Lucky Vitamin is introducing Restore supplements to our customers. Created and developed to help restore gut health, Restore produces a unique soil-derived mineral supplement that helps maintain a healthy immune system through strengthened gut health.
The company believes complete well-being begins in the gut and is fully dedicated to provide a product that can enhance gut health by creating an environment where good gut bacteria can flourish.
Restore is easily added to your daily health plan to provide support for natural healing from environmental exposures. This supplement is the first supplement on the market that functions as an antidote to glyphosate and gluten toxicity at the tight junction.
Restore is a new generation, earth-derived supplement that promotes an optimal gut environment. It is not a probiotic. It is not a prebiotic. Rather, it is a carbon rich, alkaline liquid, with lignite derived trace organics and essential trace amino acids. With 70% of the immune system located in the gut, this optimal gut environment leads to great gut health. Restore is the first dietary supplement that delivers a balanced family of bacterial metabolites to promote a healthy firewall of tight junctions in the gut wall and blood brain barrier. Restore provides the communication network to support the return of biodiversity to the gut ecosystem that supports normal immune function, reverse fatigue, and help you reclaim mental clarity.
Health Tonic –Add two tablespoons of ACV and lemon juice with one tablespoon of raw honey to eight ounces of green tea. Drink daily for overall good health.
Hair Rinse – Combine ½ cup of water with ½ cup ACV and add 3-5 drops of tea tree oil. Store in a spray bottle and use three times a week to replace your conditioner. You won’t believe your hair’s new, natural shine. Oh, and we promise it won’t smell like vinegar!
Facial Toner – Fight acne and clear blackheads with a simple recipe consisting of one cup of witch hazel, one tablespoon ACV add five drops of lavender essential oil. Combine all ingredients, store in a sterile bottle and you’re good to go.
Garden – Combine one part ACV to eight parts water in a spray bottle to form a potent, yet non-toxic, garden weed killer.
Produce Wash – For a simple fruit and veggie wash combine two tablespoons of ACV with two tablespoons of lemon juice and one tablespoon of baking soda. So simple, so effective.
Immunity Booster – Add one tablespoon of ACV to one teaspoon of honey, ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon and one cup of warm water for an immunity-boosting cold season cider. Drink it as soon as you feel a sore throat coming on, three times daily.
Salad dressing – Combine two tablespoons of ACV with a half cup of olive oil and one cup of apple cider. Whisk together and add salt, pepper and two tablespoons of honey for a refreshing, autumnal vinaigrette. Keep in a mason jar for several days.
Sunburn – Heal a sunburn and avoid nasty blisters by pouring some ACV on a damp wash cloth and applying to the affected areas for 3-5 minutes. Let the mixture complete dry and follow that up with a light application of coconut oil. The ACV helps dull the burn while the coconut oil hydrates the skin.
Detox bath– Add one cup of Epsom salt and one cup of ACV for a relaxing and restorative soak.
Wart Remover – Put ACV on a cotton ball and cover with a Band-Aid. Repeat every day for a week and save yourself a trip to the dermatologist.
Aloe Vera has been one of top-selling products for quite some time now. A premium ingredient in personal care products, this amazing natural product is known to treat sunburn as well as improve skin condition. In addition, Aloe Vera supplements are known to provide health benefits including enhancing the immune system and relieve constipation, but how about the juice? Aloe Vera juice may be that one product you must try.
Aloe Vera juice contains leaf pulp that is rich in natural nutrients and fiber and it also contains vitamins A, C, E, and B12, minerals like potassium, zinc, and magnesium as well as powerful antioxidants. Drinking Aloe Vera juice is great because it enables you to ingest the plant’s nutrients without dealing with the unpleasant taste of fresh aloe.
When ingested as a nutritional drink, Aloe Vera can increase healthy bacteria in the intestines that aid digestion and even relieves occasional constipation. It has the ability to decrease irritation and enhance healing and repair of ulcers in the stomach and intestines. Aloe Vera juice also helps to decrease inflammation in irritable bowel syndrome, colitis and other inflammatory disorders of the gut.
Additionally, Aloe Vera juice contains anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal properties that may help the immune system to cleanse the body of toxins and invading pathogens. Research suggests that Aloe Vera helps to balance the immune system to reduce the effects of seasonal allergies and other inflammatory immune disorders.
On top of these great benefits, Aloe Vera juice can be a great addition to your heart. Taking Aloe Vera internally may help improve blood circulation in the body as it can decrease total fat levels in people with high cholesterol. This helps reduce fatty deposits and blood clots in the arteries of the heart and body.
You might not realize it, but certain foods may be the culprit to everyday problems such as daily headaches, joint pain, fatigue and digestive issues including gas, bloating or constipation. Did you know that often time these symptoms are your body’s way of telling you that what you are eating might be aggravating you? Even your food cravings may be a hidden sign of food sensitivities. If you’re an individual who is suffering from food sensitivities, an elimination diet, where you take out certain foods from your diet, could be a helpful tool to identify the causal factors.
This is an immediate immune-mediated response to a specific protein in food. This is what you would think of when you hear an individual say they are allergic to peanuts or shellfish. Common symptoms include itchy skin, hives, coughing or wheezing and swelling of the throat. Food allergies can be fatal and for that reason most of these individuals needs to carry epinephrine pens with them when they go out to eat.
Food sensitivities also refer to an immune-mediated reaction. While allergies are mediated by IgE antibodies, sensitivities are mediated by slower acting IgG antibodies. Typically food allergies occur immediately while sensitivities tend to be a delayed reaction occurring hours or days after ingesting the aggravating food. Symptoms may vary but typically include brain fog, fatigue, gas, bloating, constipation, mood disorders, joint pain and more.
Food intolerance occurs when the body can’t digest a food or food component properly. This type of reaction does not involve the immune system and is what you might think of when someone says that they are lactose intolerant. Normally the enzyme lactase is responsible for breaking down lactose into simpler sugars. If a person is lactose intolerant, this enzyme activity is low and the lactose sugar does not get broken down properly, which can give rise to symptoms of flatulence, pain and diarrhea. Unlike food allergies, individuals with food intolerances may be able to tolerate small amounts of these foods.
How to Perform an Elimination Diet
Before starting the diet you should consult your health care provider. Make a note of how you feel. Start at your head and work your way down towards your feet, jotting down any major or minor complaints. You can also work with your health care practitioner to help get a better understanding of which foods might be causing you problems.
The elimination diet is often times performed for a period of 3 weeks to 1 month. In general, adults and children can do an elimination diet. Make sure to pick out a time that works best for you where you can commit to completing the diet.
Below are the food groups most often recommended to avoid (this may vary person to person). When performing an elimination diet, choose one food group to avoid entirely. For instance if you think egg causes a problem, avoid eating eggs and anything that has egg in it. However, to rule out multiple possible culprits, I usually recommend people avoid all of the main culprits at the same time.
Since the elimination diet is a good time to help the body detox, it is also a good idea to avoid alcohol, caffeine, sodas and other sweetened fruit juices as well as any other foods you believe may be causing issues. Try to avoid processed foods, fast foods and simple sugars such as candy and sweets as well.
While on the diet, it is important to read the entire ingredients label before purchasing any foods. In order for the elimination diet to be successful, 100% elimination of these foods is a must. Don’t eat the foods whole or as ingredients in other foods. For example, if you are avoiding all dairy products, you need to check labels for whey, casein, and lactose so you can avoid them as well.
Once the elimination diet is finished, you will gradually reintroduce these foods back into your diet. It is best to do this one food at a time over a period of 3 days. You will want to eat that food during at least two of the three meals daily for those 3 days. The reason for doing this is because once you being to reintroduce foods back into your diet, you may notice your symptoms flare again. This is an important sign that means you are sensitive to that food. If you notice a reaction before the 3 days are up, stop eating the offending food. It is also important to wait until any reactions have subsided before re-introducing another food.
When reintroducing foods back into your diet pay attention to your energy level, any joint or muscle pain, skin condition, headaches, bowel function and gut symptoms or any symptoms you noted before starting the diet.
Chlorella is considered a green superfood and it’s pretty easy to know the reasons for the label. This algae contains green photosynthetic pigments chlorophyll and its chloroplast and is a potent food source. Chlorella is a complete protein, rich in other essential nutrients such as fats and vitamins, and is known to support several health conditions. Just to give you a quick preview, we present you 3 health benefits of chlorella.
The phytonutrients in chlorella promote detoxification, especially heavy metal excretion and radiation. Detoxing heavy metals and toxins is extremely important for overall health and chlorella wraps itself around toxins residing in our bodies, such as lead, cadmium, mercury and uranium, and keeps them from being reabsorbed. Additionally, chlorella’s high levels of chlorophyll have been shown to detoxifyradiation and chemotherapy by protecting the body against ultraviolet radiation treatments while removing radioactive particles from the body.
2. Healthy Cell Growth
Chlorella Growth Factor (CGF) is the algae’s capability to provide DNA. Known as the fountain of youth, CGF can rejuvenate every cell of the human body, slowing the process of aging. Chlorella contains 17 times the amount of DNA found in sardines, the second richest natural source of these nucleic acids.
3. Weight Control
Chlorella can be helpful in weight control by promoting weight loss and regulate hormones. Research has shown that chlorella intake can lead to noticeable reductions in body fat percentage, serum total cholesterol, fasting blood glucose levels, and stored toxins. Plus, it can help regulate your metabolism, improve circulation, and boost energy levels.