Holidays, cold weather, and busy schedules are just some of the reasons some people struggle to keep the winter weight off. Many people tend to gain a few pounds during the winter months and some people prefer to put workouts on hold until the spring. However, eating a healthy diet
can significantly help maintain your ideal weight. So, we present you some of the best season foods to keep winter weight off
A staple of holidays, sweet potatoes are known as one of the healthiest foods with a very low glycemic index. Sweet potatoes keep blood sugars level during the winter months and these delicious potatoes are also packed with satiating fiber, which fills you up.
A traditional winter fruit, grapefruit is associated with weight-loss as research has shown that this citrus fruit can help reduce body fat and as well as total body weight. A common ingredient in weight-loss supplements, grapefruit is a top source of vitamin C, which experts believe can boost fat-burning during exercise, and is high in water.
Need a healthy hot breakfast for the cold winter months? Oatmeal is the answer. Loaded with prebiotic fiber, oatmeal boosts beneficial bacteria in the gut, and influences how the body stores up fat. Top your hot oats with Greek yogurt for additional probiotic. Plus, some studies suggest that oatmeal can help keep hunger at bay for hours, making you eat up to 50% less at lunch.
Swiss chard is loaded with calcium and magnesium which are known to keep you bones strong and also work to help satiate appetite. Known as the official green of winter, Swiss chard contains very high amounts of vitamins particularly vitamin K, A and C.
Get on the plant-based bandwagon and shed those pounds with this skinny green smoothie! It’s got fiber, enzymes and nutrients to de-bloat and feel your best inside and out! Spirulina provides a full array of micro and macro nutrients including all the essential amino acids, vitamins B1, B2, B6, and B12, magnesium, iron, zinc, healthy fats and vitamin A which elevates your body’s nutritional profile. Chia seeds contain fiber absorbs large amounts of water and expands in the stomach, which should increase fullness and slow the absorption of food. Take this smoothie on the go in your favorite blender bottle, along with a healthy diet and exercise and you steps closer to a better you!
1 celery stalk
1 cup spinach
½ cup frozen pineapple
1 frozen banana
1 cup almond milk
6 ice cubes
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1 teaspoon spirulina
Juice from one lemon
Combine all the ingredients in your Blendtec and enjoy!
2016 is over. Every year new food trends
may come and go. Some stick around a little longer while some others disappear very quickly. Looking back, let’s look at some of our favorite health food trends from 2016.
Bone broth became a healthy food trend thanks to its use in detox programs and weight-loss diets, many of them endorsed by celebrities. All the hype is somehow justified as this combination of water meat, bones, vegetables, and seasonings is a potent anti-aging, can improve digestion, and promote joint health benefits.
Moringa also had a moment this year with many healthy eaters looking for this “miracle food”. Native to India and widely used in Ayurvedic medicine, moringa is loaded with antioxidants and can boost energy levels, lower cholesterol, and help in weight-loss.
Not really a trend only in 2016 but almost every year, turmeric had its popular moment this year once again. This time, a warm beverage made from coconut milk and turmeric became the latest healthy hit as this ancient spice is known to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects.
Started in late 2015 and gained speed in early 2016, baobab is considered one of the new “superfoods”. Native to mainland Africa, this fruit is 50% fiber, rich in vitamin C, and natural electrolytes. Baobab is considered a great anti-aging food and a natural laxative.
Originally from Hawaii, poké is traditionally prepared with raw fish, such as tuna, salmon, or yellow tail, that’s been cut up into small cubes and seasoned with ingredients like soy sauce, scallions, and sesame oil. Poké is loaded with protein without needing sauces which contain extra calories.
Lucky Vitamin is introducing a revolutionary brand of health food products to our customers: Cookie+Protein
Cookie+Protein specializes in creating boutique level products at a non-premium level price. The company is fully focused on using quality ingredients and state-of-the-art manufacturing processes in order to deliver a top-notch product that consumers will love. By producing products in a facility with the highest rating possible for food safety, you will have the confidence that their unique and flavorful treats are not only delicious but safe.
Cookie+Protein’s goal is to improve upon existing products in the marketplace as well as striving to introduce new and innovative products that consumers will love. People want delicious, enjoyable, affordable food but also want food that is neither harmful to them nor the environment around them. Cookie+Protein believes food can and should be all of these things and that people should know and understand what’s in their food.
Cookie+Protein products aren’t your typical health snack. With 22 grams of protein and 8 grams of fiber, these wholesome cookies are perfect for your post workout needs or your nutrition on the go. Packed with protein, thess amazing cookies deliver on all the nutrition your body needs and all the flavor you crave.
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This hearty soup is perfect for cold days. It can fill you up and is packed with a ton of plant-based protein. There are eight grams of protein per cup of quinoa. Chickpeas contain twelve grams per cup. And lastly, a whooping eighteen grams of protein are in a cup of lentils. Now let’s get to the turmeric, it contains compounds curcuminoids found in curcumin which have amazing anti-inflammatory affects. Also known as “queen of spices,” turmeric is a potent antioxidant. Basically, this is one healthy soup.
TIP – You can make this soup on the weekend and portion in mason jars for your lunch for the week!
1 quart of vegetable stock
1 celery stick
1 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon gram masala
1 tablespoon garlic
1 tablespoon ginger
1 can chickpeas (drained and rinsed)
1 cup red lentils
1 cup cooked quinoa
1 tablespoon coconut oil
Salt and pepper to taste
- Heat coconut oil in a stock pot
- Add celery, onion and carrots cook for 5-7 minutes
- Add turmeric and gram masala and cook for an additional minute
- Add tomatoes, stock and lentils bring to a boil and let simmer for 15 minutes covered
- Lastly, combine with quinoa and chickpeas and let simmer for an additional 5 minutes
Sugar and creamer is so passé. Health connoisseurs are adding everything from collagen to butter and beyond – hey, the more the merrier. The great part is that you can run wild with tons of mix-ins and or experiment until you hit on a combination that works for you . Either way, the health benefits can be amazing. Either way it’s time to add mo’ to ‘yo cup o’ joe.
TIP – We suggest blending all the ingredients below for a smoother, more homogenous drink.
Collagen – Collagen peptides are short chain amino acids naturally derived from pasture-raised collagen protein. Unlike gelatin, this brand of peptides easily dissolve in both hot and cold liquids. It’s a natural anti-aging supplement which makes your hair and nails grow as well as lubes up your joints and cartilage. It goes down easy in coffee but it also makes a great addition to smoothies, oatmeal and baked goods, too.
Ghee – Heal you gut naturally with ghee. Its high levels of butyric acid and vitamin k2 make it good for oral and digestive health. Those with dairy intolerances can handle ghee since it only contains small amounts of casein and lactose. Use one to two tablespoons in place of milk for a super creamy texture.
Mushrooms – Pump up your coffee with shrooms! Chaga mushroom is known as the “black gold” that grows on birch trees and is fantastic source of antioxidants and other immunity boosters. Try this blend of chaga, Siberian ginseng, and rose hips. The anise undertones make it a delicious addition to your next coffee break.
Coconut oil – This fatty brain food adds just a hint of exotic coconut flavor to your coffee. Unlike other oils, coconut oil is medium-chained instead of long-chained, which are absorbed faster and not stored as fat. All you need is 1-2 teaspoons per cup and you’re on your way to better nutrition absorption, pain relief, increased energy and a lot more.
Raw cacao powder – chocolate and coffee…heck yeah! Raw cacao has minerals — like magnesium and iron — flavonoids and antioxidants said to help prevent cancer and increase cardiovascular health. A little cacao powder goes a long way, though, so try not to overindulge, as hard as that may be (we’re talking raw chocolate here).
Filed Under: Health Foods
at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Coffee is a wonderful beverage. Many people cannot start their day without a cup of coffee but some people may not know that their must-have morning beverage is actually loaded with beneficial nutrients
that can improve overall health.
Coffee contains lots of vitamins including riboflavin (B2) pantothenic acid (B5), and niacin (B3) as well as good amounts of minerals such as magnesium, potassium, and manganese. On top of that, coffee is a great source of antioxidants.
It’s well known coffee can provide benefits particularly as an energy booster and as a fat burner. Caffeine is known to block an inhibitory neurotransmitter called adenosine, which lead to an increase of other neurotransmitters like norepinephrine and dopamine, improving brain function, including memory, energy levels, and reaction times. It’s also known that caffeine is a natural substance proven to aid fat burning and boost the metabolic rate.
While these health benefits are well known, recent research is linking coffee to newer potential benefits. For example, new studies have found that coffee may help lower risk of type 2 diabetes. A few different studies have concluded that people who drink coffee regularly have up to 50% lower risk of getting the disease. Additionally, coffee can be helpful to treat another common health issue: liver diseases such as hepatitis and fatty liver disease that can lead to cirrhosis.
It’s important to remember that most research is done with drinking pure coffee, without the addition of milk, and specially sugar, which can significantly alter the results of studies.
Winter is here which means it’s time for filling and hearty soups. And what’s easier than a crock pot dinner? This hearty combo of mushrooms and lentils will make you feel all warm and cozy inside. Mushrooms are a great low-calorie food that contain a variety of nutrients, enzymes and b vitamins. You’re also getting additional b vitamins from lentils along with minerals zinc, magnesium and iron. Add the greens and viola, dinner is done.
1 quart of vegetable stock
2 carrots diced
1 onion diced
¾ cup lentils
1 bay leaf
I cup of mushrooms sliced
2 cups of greens (spinach chard or kale)
1 tablespoon of tomato paste
1 teaspoon of thyme
Salt and pepper to taste
- Sauté the onion in a pan with olive oil until translucent (about 5 minutes
- Combine all the ingredients in a crock pot and cook on high for 5 hours
- When 30 minutes are left of cooking time add your greens
Mushrooms are known to boost immunity, provide energy, and inhibit the grown of some malignant tumors, among other health benefits. However, the most common types of mushrooms found in supermarkets, such as white, brown/button, are not the best choice as far as medicinal benefits. So, let’s look at 5 mushrooms that can help boost immunity
and provide other health benefits.
Maitake is recognized by the American Cancer Society to boost immunity and limit and even reverse tumor growth. These powerful mushrooms are high in beta glucans, helpful sugars found in the cell walls of bacteria, fungi, yeasts, and algae. Research shows beta glucans have immune-system enhancing effects and may also help control both high blood pressure and blood sugar levels. Beta glucans work by stimulating the immune system to activate certain cells and proteins that attack cancer and pathogens that don’t belong in a healthy body. Maitake is an excellent choice to boost immunity in those with chronic fatigue syndrome.
A popular mushroom and easily found in grocery stores, shiitake contains a number of health-stimulating agents including the powerful beta glucans. Plus, shiitake mushrooms contain B vitamins, such as B2, B5 and B6, and tons of minerals including selenium, copper, manganese, and zinc, making this delicious mushroom a great food defense against virus and inflammation.
Known as the mushroom that can fight cancer, Reishi is strictly a medicinal mushroom that can boost immune function tremendously and is often used to prevent and treat the flu and other lung conditions like asthma and bronchitis. Reishi contains compounds that may help reduce the number of cancerous cells, making it easier for T-cells and macrophages to rid the body of them. Another cancer-fighting substance in Reishi is canthaxanthin.
Cordyceps is used as a tonic and great to treat general weakness. Known to enhance energy, strength, endurance and stamina, this mushroom has the ability to improve oxygen uptake, assisting in the synthesis of ATP. A staple in traditional Chinese medicine, cordyceps has also hypoglycemic and antidepressant effects and can help normalize cholesterol levels.
5. Turkey Tail
A purely medicinal mushroom, Turkey Tail is also known as coriolis, or cloud mushroom and is known to boost immunity. Studies have shown that Turkey Tail can help improve immune function with no adverse effects when dosed daily to women with stage I–III breast cancer.
With new superfoods and alternative health products popping up in the media every day, it’s hard to know what the cleanest, most effective product innovations really are. Dr. Jeremy Wolf N.D., Lead Wellness Advisor at LuckyVitamin.com, breaks down the trends and how to be a savvy wellness shopper this winter.
SUPERFOODS IN SKIN CARE
Superfoods aren’t just taking over the local grocery stores, they are also taking over your skin care products. More and more superfoods such as chia, moringa, camu camu, spirulina, maca, quinoa, and kale can now be found throughout the personal care and beauty aisle. Superfoods are foods which have a high content of vitamins, nutrients and antioxidants. Camu Camu is a berry that contains a substantial amount of minerals as well as a range of amino acids, organic acids and fatty acids. It is also an antioxidant power house and an extremely rich source of vitamin C. Camu Camu can be found incorporated into Alba’s new individually wrapped Fast Fix Anti-Wrinkle Mask. Another super food making its way into skin care products is chia seeds. Chia seeds have recently been reported as one of the richest botanical sources of alpha-linolenic acid, an omega 3. One study found that topical chia seed oil may be effective for neuritis (severe itching of the skin associated with a variety of conditions) and moisturizing skin. Chia seed oil can be found in products by Nubian Hertiage and CocoKind.
Let’s face it, trends in the natural beauty and personal care industry aren’t just for women. With more & more men growing beards, companies all over are outfitting all natural beard oil, washes, and balms for men. Beard oil works to soften and condition facial hair while moisturizing the skin to prevent dryness, itching and irritation. Badger’s, certified organic man care beard oil is one of my personal favorites. Beard wash is generally a combination of herbs, extracts and other ingredients intended to clean, moisturize and condition the hair and skin of the face. Lastly, beard balms offer a little hold for grooming but also condition the beard to help stop dryness, split ends, tangles and frizz. Use of these products can help any man turn their 5 o’clock shadow into the manliest of beards.
Zinc is a nutritionally vital mineral that is found in foods such as sunflower seeds, red meat, eggs, oysters and beans. It functions as anti-viral, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant and is required by over 200 enzymatic reactions in the body. One of the major benefits of zinc, quite possible one of the reason it is trending right now, is because adequate zinc intake is essential in maintaining the integrity of the immune system. If you are deficient in zinc you may be more susceptible to a variety of infections agents. Researchers have also found that zinc when taken within 24 hours of onset of symptoms for example, a scratchy throat, may reduce the duration of the common cold by as many as 3 days. Taking mega doses of zinc for long periods of time is not suggested as too much zinc may actually weaken the immune system. Check out some of our top rated brands for Zinc as well as LuckyVitamin’s own Zinc formula.
White flour is unfortunately a big part of most individual’s daily food consumption even though it provides little nutritional value. With more and more individuals following specific diets free of allergens or other restrictions, limiting white flour can make baking, cooking and eating out very difficult. It’s no wonder more companies are providing alternative flour options like rice flour, coconut flour, buckwheat flour, almond flour, sorghum flour, amaranth flour and many more. LuckyVitamin has a large selection of alternative flour options from top brands such as Bob’s Red Mill, Nutiva, NOW Foods, Arrowhead Mills and more.
With gas, bloating and heart burn becoming common complaints among many individuals, more and more people are turning to remedies to help improve their digestive health. Probiotics, prebiotics, fiber and digestive enzymes are at the forefront of the digestive support industry. With gut health affecting more than just digestion, for example its role in our immune system function, it’s no wonder that this field is booming with new and innovative products. These products aren’t just found in tiny capsules these days, they can be found in bars, chews, gummy bears, wafers, powder packets and many more delivery methods. LuckyVitamin carries a wide variety of professional grade and top rated digestive support products to help support you gastrointestinal system health needs.
Activated charcoal has long been used by hospitals around the world as a safe and effective treatment for poisoning and drug overdoses. This ingredient is making its way to the beauty realm, from face masks to shampoos, tooth powders and deodorants. These products use activated charcoal, which means the coal has been heated to increase its adsorptive power, increasing the rate at which molecules bind to a surface. Activated charcoal is great at trapping chemicals, absorbing dirt and oil, absorbing 1,000 times its own weight in moisture. Some great beauty products using activated charcoal include Piperwai Natural Deodorant, Dr. Sponge Konjac Facial Sponge, Indigo Wild, Level Naturals, and Collective Wellbeing.
Wellness bloggers and celebrity chefs have been talking about this trend for some time now, and its popularity continues to grow. Bone broth, or stock, is made by boiling the bones from the animal of your choice (commonly turkey, chicken or beef) with vegetables and spices. Part of the reason it’s becoming so popular is because bone broth is easy to make, relatively inexpensive and packed with vitamins, minerals and proteins. Some of the benefits may include promoting strong bones and reducing joint pain and inflammation. It may also help inhibit infection and seal your gut to promote healthy digestion. While it’s best to try and make your own bone broth, Pacific Natural Foods, Kettle and Fire and Osteobroth are great sources of convenient pre-made broths.
APPLE CIDER VINEGAR
There is nothing new about drinking apple cider vinegar, yet there is a lot of fresh buzz surrounding this popular health trend. In fact vinegar itself has a long history of use as it dates back to around 3000 BC. Vinegar can be made from almost any fermentable carbohydrate source. This includes apples, pears, grapes, potatoes, beets and more. Apple cider vinegar is traditionally sourced from crushing fresh apples and extracting the liquid. The liquid is then added to barrels where yeasts ferment the natural food sugars to alcohol. Next, acetic acid bacteria converts the alcohol to acetic acid. Acetic acid is responsible for the tart flavor, pungent odor and many of the proposed health benefits of vinegar. Popular uses for apple cider vinegar include blood sugar balancing, improving blood cholesterol levels, lowering blood pressure, weight loss, detoxification, digestive stimulant, household cleaners and as an anti-fungal. Check out our new LuckyVitamin’s brand raw organic apple cider vinegar with the mother now available online, as well as many of our other great apple cider vinegar products.
Fiber masks, bamboo sheet masks, collagen masks, eye masks, peptide masks and mud masks, are becoming increasingly popular in the personal care and beauty world. These facial masks are easy to apply and are a great conduit for delivering nutrients and other beneficial ingredients to the skin. Even trendier is the use of these in single serving pouches so the products won’t dry out and are more affordable. When shopping for any type of facial mask, look for products that are 100% organic and non-GMO as well as paraben, sulfate and phthalate free. Many masks also cater to vegans and are cruelty free. A great product to try is the Andalou Naturals Clarifying Instant Pure Pore Hydro Serum Facial Mask with Coconut Water to help hydrate and detoxify the skin, soothe inflammation and minimize pores for a clearer, healthy complexion.
Beets have attracted a lot of attention as a “functional food” meaning they not only provide basic nutrients, but may help promote optimal health and reduce the risk of disease. While this vegetable’s popularity has only recently gained back momentum, its use dates back to ancient Roman times. So why has it become so popular again? Beets are a source of nitrates and provide a natural means of increasing nitric oxide availability. Beetroot is a rich source of phytochemical compounds that include ascorbic acid, carotenoids, phenolic acids, and flavonoids. Beets also contain a group of bioactive pigments known as betalains that are thought to have high antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Beet products can be found in the forms of Beet Juice, Beet Chips, Energy Bars, Sports Shots, Protein Powders, Veggie Packs, and Beet Crystals. LuckyVitamin carries a large selection of these products from top rated brands.
Maintaining healthy skin
during winter can be difficult but there are a few ways to prevent the common winter dryness. First, and the most obvious one, is to get a good moisturizing product. Lotions, creams and soaps
can help keep your skin in good shape. On top of that, have you ever thought about moisturizing from the inside out? Yes, some foods can help with that as they provide nutrients to maintain your skin beautiful
and in good health during adverse weather conditions. Here’s a quick look at how to beat winter dryness with naturally hydrating foods.
Orange Fruits and Vegetables
Any fruit of veggie loaded with beta-carotene may be very helpful to maintain healthy skin as this antioxidant is known to protect the skin and prevent damage. These orange goodies include sweet potatoes, carrots, pumpkins as well as papayas, peaches, and grapefruit. Additionally, sweet potatoes and carrots are a great source of vitamin A, helping the body to repair tissues, necessary to produce collagen. Vitamin A helps lock in moisture, gives your skin a healthy glow and protects it from damage too.
This tropical food is rich in healthy fats that help your skin stay in great condition and glow in every way possible. Research suggests that coconut’s fats provide lubrication to the skin due to its antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. Since fresh coconut fruit may not be available during the winter months, try coconut oil, considered the most helpful, as well as coconut butter and coconut shreds.
Extra virgin olive oil is filled with vitamin E and healthy unsaturated fats, which moisturize the skin from the inside out and provide anti-aging benefits. Vitamin E is considered a powerhouse nutrient to treat and prevent dry skin naturally. Organic olives combined with quinoa and kale can provide additional antioxidants, fiber, and protein, all wonderful for skin health.
It seems like many people can use a little energy boost around this time of the year. The holiday season brings us so much joy but it can also use all the energy we have left. Energy supplements, as well as energy drinks, can be very helpful in stressful times and one natural energy enhancer may be a great choice for you: royal jelly.
Royal jelly supplements are known to offer a variety of health benefits but most people know this product as an energy booster. Loaded with vitamins, royal jelly contain good amounts of vitamins B1, B2, B6, vitamin C as well as niacin, biotin and folic acid. Plus, this rich, creamy, milky substance produced by worker bees is a rich source of proteins, amino acids, fatty acids, lipids, and minerals.
Royal jelly is considered by many as the cream of the crop of beehive products. This unique product is the result of a mixture of honey and bee pollen, two top-shelf ingredients loaded with excellent nutrients that are very gentle to the human system. Most products have antibacterial and antibiotic components and are safe to be taken on a daily basis.
In addition, royal jelly supplementation may offer other benefits aside from improving energy levels. Research suggests that royal jelly supplements can help maintain lower cholesterol, enhance the immune system, promote mental alertness, and reduce stress.
Available in liquid form, tablets and capsules, nutritionists may recommend an average of 100mg per day, the amount which has been used in most of the studies, to obtain significant results from royal jelly. Proper cold storage is recommended since some royal jelly products are perishable and warmer storage may affect potency. Natural beeswax may be added to royal jelly to aid its preservation.
Lucky Vitamin is happy to introduce a new brand of health products to our customers: To Your Health
To Your Health offers a unique line of freshly milled flours products created to provide the fabulous benefits of organic sprouted grains. The sprouting, drying, and milling processes are all done in-house, and the company was built by hands-on experience and research to create a quality product with very high standards of production. To Your Health has engineered a method that retains all the vitamins, minerals and enzymes in each product.
To Your Health’s passion is making organic sprouted grain flours for the traditional art of baking healthy, delicious, nutrient-rich foods. The company believes in the traditional practice and artistry of preparing whole foods as God gave them to us to eat. To Your Health also believes that the traditional diet our great-great-grandmothers and our ancient ancestors served up is the same diet our bodies need today in order to enjoy abundant health.
To Your Health is fully committed to the provision of healthy, nutritious, easily digestible, sprouted grains, legumes, and flours. All products are organic, sustainable, non-GMO, regulated, and rated superior by AIB, tested and proven to contain all the benefits of the time-honored tradition of properly prepared grains for consumption by sprouting.
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Raw apple cider vinegar is one of the simplest, most effective health remedies and routines available. Now LuckyVitamin has their own! Brewed in small batches, the ingredients could not get any simpler: water and organic apples.
LuckyEats Raw Apple Cider Vinegar visually stands apart from the usual pasteurized apple cider vinegars found on supermarket shelves by retaining its naturally cloudy appearance. The cob-web like sediment floating around the bottom of the bottle is referred to as “Mother”. This swirly “Mother” structure resides only in unpasteurized apple cider vinegar, and is brimming with rich, beneficial minerals and enzymes. Lucky Eats Apple Cider Vinegar is certified organic, non-GMO verified, kosher, and gluten-free to fit all healthy lifestyles.
Some of the most coveted health benefits of Raw Apple Cider Vinegar:
- Cholesterol – Recent studies have found that raw apple cider vinegar may reduce bad LDL cholesterol, while raising good HDL cholesterol.
- Weight Loss – Widely used in aiding weight loss as a metabolic support tool, an appetite suppressant, and a possible fat burner.
- Digestive Aid – Often used to treat acid reflux, heartburn, soothe intestinal spasms, and other digestive ailments. It is also believed to help aid in nutrient absorption when consumed with wholesome meals.
- Blood Sugar Control – Studies have found that raw apple cider vinegar may help balance glucose levels.
- Boost Immunity – Consumed as an aspect of a daily routine to prevent illness, it can also be used as a gargle for sore throats.
- Skin Care & Body Care – Topically, it is often used as a toner or rinse for blemishes and acne, as well as an anti-inflammatory compress for bug bites, fungal infections, sunburn, and rashes. Commonly used to naturally combat undesirable odors, vinegar is used as a mouth wash for bad breath, an underarm and foot rinse, as well as a natural household cleaning agent for people with respiratory sensitivities.
- Beauty – In beauty regiments, it makes an invigorating hair rinse to increase shine and reduce dandruff.
Aside from the multitude of possible natural health uses, raw apple cider vinegar is deliciously nutritious and so simple to incorporate into any diet. Add a splash to a favorite vinaigrette salad dressing, marinade, or beverage for a refreshing tonic with a delightful zing. As little as a spoonful or two a day could naturally provide relief to a plethora of ailments. Sometimes the simplest things in life really are the most essential. All natural, organic, and relied on for thousands of years, there is indeed something wondrous about this coveted elixir known as Raw Apple Cider Vinegar.
Most of us know cinnamon best as the star ingredient for so many of our most beloved breakfasts and baked goods. From french toast to coffee cake to snickerdoodles, none of them would be possible without the familiar cinnamon stick.
But what about cinnamon oil? Yes, there is such a thing!
Cinnamon oil has been used around the globe to treat numerous medical issues — everything from diabetes to immune support. Cinnamon has antifungal, antibacterial, antiviral and antiseptic properties and is versatile enough to be ingested (yum!) or applied topically.
Diabetes – If you know someone with high blood sugar levels, then we definitely recommend cinnamon. Researchers at the Department of Agriculture’s Human Nutrition Research Center found that cinnamon has a polyphenol compound called MHCP which synergizes with insulin to help those suffering with type 2 diabetes.
Bad Breath – Instead of masking bad breath with one of the many offshoots of the mint family tree, try using cinnamon. Why? Because cinnamon’s properties don’t just hide olor-causing bacteria lurking in your month, it kills it. Try making your own mouthwash using one cup of water and one teaspoon of cinnamon, baking soda and honey. Add the juice of two lemons and store in a mason jar. Way better than the scary “antiseptic”, mouth-burning blue stuff.
Digestion – Cinnamon can eliminate excess gas from the intestines and creates a more alkaline environment in your digestive organs making it a great natural remedy for an upset stomach or morning sickness.
Room Freshener – The aroma of cinnamon ignites nostalgic thoughts of home-baked goods, fall and warmth. Now is the time to fill your home with these scents. Try a lovely room diffuser or candle.
Mosquito Repellent – We all know bug spray is loaded with toxic chemicals. Deter those skeeters the natural way withcinnamon. According to the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, cinnamon is a great source of cinnamaldehyde, which contains an active compound that kills mosquitos dead.
If you are interested in learning more about aromatherapy try blending several healing oils to create your very own scent and enhance their effectiveness. Some of our favorite blending oils with cinnamon are lavender, lemon, rosemary and geranium. Remember to always use a carrier oil when blending and do a test spot to ensure you do not have an allergic reaction.