Getting Rid Of Wrinkles Begins In The Gut

Getting Rid Of Wrinkles Begins In The Gut

I usually write articles about different digestive issues and challenges that arise out of the gut, but today I decided to write about something that most of us women (and men) are trying to fend off with the aging process! That is wrinkles. Yes, getting rid of wrinkles begins in the gut. How can that be you say? Well, let’s get started.

Our Digestive System

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Many people don’t think too much about what happens after they eat their meals. Unless you suffer from digestive illnesses, most of us don’t pay any attention to what we eat, where we eat or how much we eat. The most we think about our food is whether or not we will gain weight with what we eat. Putting food into the “good” or “bad” categories is about the most we think about it.

However, our body and stomach is not the ‘dumb bucket’ we think it is. Our digestive system is busy cleaving proteins to get the minerals out, producing enzymes to digest food, manufacturing hydrochloric acid to break down food further for digestion and absorption plus a myriad of other digestive processes to assist in the functioning of our body.

The stomach is preparing to propel the food into the intestines so nutrition can be absorbed into the bloodstream.  This nutrition from our small intestines properly digested is where the nutrition gets from the bloodstream into our cells so we can have energy, so our hormones work properly, our heart and nervous system work properly and all our organs get what they need, including the skin.

This is a cursory explanation but you can see that after you eat food there is a lot of chemical processes that are taking place beyond our knowledge.

How Do You Get Wrinkles?

Our faces often reveal our age. For some, it may be harder to determine. Whether our faces age gracefully or not is determined by many factors.

As we age our skins protein content is diminished. The skin also loses hydration due to the depletion of what_are_ceramides_in_skin_careceramides which are the protective barrier for the skin. The hyaluronic acid which keeps the skin supple through hydration is another skin element that is lost due to the aging process.

Harmful oxidation increases with age so damaged cells cannot be repaired as easily. Contact with the environment via air, pollution, chemical and radiation stressors accumulate over time. Photoaging via the sun is cumulative and over time shows up as wrinkles and spots.

How Is The Gut Involved?

Our gut and our skin have a lot in common. They are both barrier organs protecting us from environmental toxins. The nerve endings on our skin are the same as in our gut and are in communication with our brain. There is something called the microbiome of the skin. If you are a reader of my blog you are educated about the gut microbiome.  Well now, welcome to the skin microbiome!

This microbiome is protective of the barrier function of our skin as with the gut. Dysbiosis is a disorder of the balance of microbiome in our gut and we can also have dysbiosis of the bacteria on our skin leading to many skin afflictions. Leaky gut is a problem when the small openings of the gut become larger allowing for molecules to enter the bloodstream that should not be there. You can have leaky skin too where the protective microbial barrier of the skin is altered allowing for substances to get through the skin and the bloodstream.

The skin and the gut interact with each other, and because of this, they both can influence the health of each. For instance, SIBO (Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth) in the gut has been associated with those suffering from rosacea, a disease of the skin. If you have IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease), you may also suffer from psoriasis or rosacea. If you or your teenager suffer from acne, there is a good chance there is a gut dysbiosis involved.

What You Eat Matters For Your Skin

Now that we know that the gut and the skin communicate, the health of your gut can determine the health of your skin including wrinkle formation.

Foods that harm the microbiome and age your skin are:

  • Sugar – sugar is an inflammatory food that causes an imbalance in the microbiome and can result in leaky gut, gut dysbiosis, and inflammation. When sugar is combined with proteins, the result is AGEs or advanced glycation end products which are damaging to skin’s elastin and collagen resulting in wrinkles and sagging.
  • Wheat products
  • High glycemic carbs
  • Gluten

All for the same reasons as sugar.

Foods That Prevent Wrinkles: Foods that nourish the microbiome

  • Fermented veggies – promotes friendly bacteria
  • Yogurt – fermented, friendly bacteria
  • Green tea – contains polyphenols which are great for skin integrity.
  • Fish – healthy fats help the skin look radiant by helping circulation and reducing inflammation.
  • Berries – phytonutrients increase circulation to the skin creating a glow.
  • Avocados – good fats nourish all cells including skin cells making them perform better and plump them up.
  • Honey – anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial.
  • Bone broth – for collagen formation
  • Water – chronic dehydration starves cells including skin cells of water resulting in less plumpness.

Supplements:

  • Probiotics – for good microbiome health for your gut and your skin.
  • Omega 3 fatty acids – to protect the integrity of all cell membranes including the skin creating a soft and smooth appearance.
  • Zinc – heals damaged skin so it can recover from injury and that includes wrinkles.
  • Collagen– is responsible for the support of the skin helping to keep wrinkles at bay as well as sagging.life extension skincare

All of these used together will create a beautiful environment for smooth, glowing skin!

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What Is A Keto Diet?

What is a Keto Diet?

You have probably heard by now about a diet called The Keto Diet or the Ketogenic diet. You’ve probably heard about celebrities that are on it, best sellers that are written about it, your friends who are trying it or read about it in magazines. But just what is a Keto Diet? Is it good for you? Can it be dangerous?

Eating a Ketogenic diet has grown in popularity over the last decade due to its ability to help people lose weight quickly. Physiologically the diet promotes ketosis due to the very low intake of carbohydrates which is the foundation of the diet. In the short term, Keto diets have been shown to promote weight loss and reduce some cardiovascular risk factors.

Nutrition infographics: food pyramid diagram for the ketogenic diet.
Nutrition infographics: food pyramid diagram for the ketogenic diet.

Critics say that there can be renal (kidney) damage to those who stay on a Keto diet for too long, although studies do not reflect this. However, if you have kidney disease always talk to your doctor before trying any new diet plan.

Conventional wisdom and medicine have it drummed in our heads that a high-fat diet is a health risk factor for cancer and heart disease.  This has led to a challenge by alternative health experts that the type and quality of fat ingested plays more a part in our health than the total amount of fat we consume. Today there is an emphasis on omega 3 fats and fatty acids as being health protective.

Ketosis

When the body is in a state of ketosis it’s like being in a fasting state. The body is using fat for energy. Being in a fasting state has many positive health implications. It’s widely known in the medical community that fasting reduces seizures of all types. In fact, Johns Hopkins Medical Center has used the Ketogenic diet with great success to treat seizures. St. Louis Children’s Hospital found that 50% of their patients became free of seizures and up to 30% had considerable improvement.

The brain’s primary source of fuel comes from glucose. The body can only store a small amount of glucose in the liver. Our body evolved in order to overcome the problem of not having a steady supply of food readily available. One way is the ability of the body to convert protein to glucose. This is not very efficient because this would involve muscle wasting and long-term survival of the species wouldn’t have been possible. Another form is the breakdown of fat into a fuel that can be used by the body. Body fat can be accumulated and then used as fuel in a limited food environment. This type of fuel is called ketones and is a very superior type of fuel for the brain and body.

What Is A Ketogenic Diet?
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The body breaks down fat in the liver and converts it to ketone bodies. The brain uses these ketones as a fuel source without the need to consume carbohydrates regularly. This was/is a superior survival mechanism to ensure the survival of the human body in times of scarcity.

Since scarcity was a common occurrence before modern times as recent as 200 years ago, our bodies are still evolutionarily adapted to using ketones for energy. Modern times have ensured we don’t go very long without carbohydrates so storing fat is very easy for the body. Using fat for energy is not something we need for survival anymore but our body doesn’t know that there are supermarkets at every corner. This is one reason why we are struggling with an obesity epidemic today.

Advantages Of A Ketogenic Diet

  • Lower HbA1c markers for type 2 Diabetics – In a study, those on a ketogenic diet lowered their Hba1C levels.
  • Less frequent migraines – A recent study showed that after being on a ketogenic diet for one month there was a significant reduction in frequency and duration of migraine headaches in the participants.
  • Greater testosterone levels – recent studies show a rise in testosterone when on a ketogenic diet.
  • Weight loss.
  • Anti-aging.
  • Cancer prevention and treatment.

Ketoacidosis VS Ketosis

There is some confusion about these two very different conditions.  Ketoacidosis is very serious and possibly life-threatening. Ketosis is something we enter into every night. The two terms are similar and many doctors are only familiar with Ketoacidosis and could be why the fear of ketosis being dangerous is widespread.

According to The Ketogenic Diet Resource ketosis is an ”insulin-regulated response which results in a mild release of fatty acids and ketone body production in response to either a fast from food or a reduction in carbohydrate intake. Ketoacidosis is driven by a lack of insulin in the body. Without insulin, blood sugar rises to high levels and stored fat streams out of fat cells. This excess amount of fat metabolism results in the production of abnormal quantities of ketones. The combination of high blood sugar and high ketone levels can upset the normal acid/base balance in the blood and become dangerous…”

It would take a dangerously low level of insulin to get into a state of ketoacidosis.
Ketosis occurs when your blood ketones are in a range of 0.5 to 3.0 mmol. Being on a low carb diet does not mean you are in ketosis.

3 Types of Ketogenic diets

  1. Nutritional Ketosis –  A diet high in fat, modest in protein and low in carbohydrate can induce the body to produce ketones.
  2. Supplemental ketosis – There are supplements you can take that can help your body to produce ketones. MCT oil or medium chain triglycerides can help with this.
  3. Combination of both – Following a low carb/high fat ketogenic diet while taking targeted supplements can help with the transition to ketones in the body.

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 Long-Term Safety

Long-term safety studies for ketogenic diets are out there. The results are mixed but I haven’t seen any dangerous effects of a ketogenic diet. Some conditions, like childhood seizures, can be controlled with a ketogenic diet and long-term studies following these kids have been positive.

If you are obese or have any other physical problem where a ketogenic diet can help, it’s certainly worth it to speak to your doctor about it.

For general weight loss, there are plenty of great books out there to help guide you through a ketogenic diet or a higher fat, lower carb diet.  Here are some of my favorites.

The Keto Reset Diet Book

The Ketogenic Bible

In conclusion, ketosis is a state our body gets in to produce ketones from fat which the brain uses for energy in times of famine or scarcity of carbohydrates. In modern times, using fat for fuel is not needed since the Standard American Diet contains more than enough carbohydrates for brain fuel.  Ketoacidosis is a dangerous state and not to be confused with ketosis. There are medical benefits for a ketogenic diet, especially for seizures and obesity.

 

If you have tried a ketogenic diet or are interested in it, please comment below!

Gas and Bloating Relief with Activated Charcoal

Gas and Bloating Relief with Activated Charcoal

Gas and bloating are common symptoms of IBS. IBS or irritable bowel syndrome is a collection of digestive symptoms that do not point to a specific disease but are put under the umbrella of IBS. IBS is not to be confused with IBD (Irritable Bowel Disease) which is an inflammatory condition including Crohn’s disease and colitis and needs professional care. Gas and bloating that is not the result of IBD can be treated naturally once the root cause is determined.  For simple gas and bloating I like activated charcoal as a remedy. Gas and bloating relief with activated charcoal can ease your symptoms so you can start working on the root cause and long-term success.

IBS can be resolved completely, so that is encouraging for many! IBS is mainly due to SIBO a condition where there is bacterial overgrowth in the intestines. Many people naturally turn to probiotics when dealing with gas, bloating and other digestive system ailments. But if your IBS issues including gas and bloating are due to SIBO, which most are, then adding more bacteria regardless if it’s beneficial bacteria can add to the problem at least in the short term.

To get fast relief for gas and bloating the goal is to:

1) Release trapped gas

2) Relax the muscle wall of the intestines to ease cramps and bloating.

3) Balance microbes

4) Fix the diet

5) Practice good eating hygiene

Steps 1 -5 are the order in which to start healing, so the first step is to release trapped gas.

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Gas forms in your digestive tract when air is swallowed and when bacteria in the large intestines break down undigested foods. The types of food that are eaten and how long they hang out in the large intestine can determine the amount of gas produced.  You can lessen the amount of gas you experience by eating properly eg. eating hygiene; not swallowing large chunks of food, eating on the run, and eating while stressed. Be aware of the types of food eaten that will not hang out in the intestines for long producing excess gas is important.

Trapped gas can be very painful and for some keep them up at night.  Trapped gas can be a quality of life issue as well due to the pain and the bloating.  Clothes not fitting properly is another problem for those suffering from trapped gas.

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One of my favorite remedies for absorbing excess gas and providing relief is activated charcoal. Activated charcoal is a medicinal remedy not to be confused with regular charcoal which is a carcinogen. Activated charcoal is the byproduct of slowly burnt coconut shells or burnt wood and then treated with oxygen which makes it an adsorbable (binding to) product. So, activated charcoal binds to toxins and odors up to one thousand times its weight.

Activated charcoal has been used in Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine for centuries and is now very popular in the U.S and around the world as a superfood. It has alkalizing properties which make it a darling for the health conscious. However many claims are not substantiated, so do your homework if you’re going to use it for other purposes.

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From Dr.Jockers

With that said, activated charcoal and its ability to bind to digestive toxins are well documented. Using activated charcoal to ‘bind’ to trapped gas is a wonderful, fast acting remedy for breaking up painful, trapped gas.

Make sure activated charcoal is taken away from medication or other supplements as it’s binding properties act on them as well. You want the activated charcoal to bind to gas, not your vitamins or medications. Taking it between meals is a good idea.

Activated charcoal comes in pill or powder varieties. My favorite activated charcoal products also include other gas absorbing and anti-cramping agents. Gaia Herbs Gas and Bloating and Heather’s Tummy tamers are excellent choices.

In conclusion, gas and bloating due to IBS can be remedied by taking products with activated charcoal. Activated charcoal is a nutrient that has been used for centuries in Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine. Activated charcoal acts due to its ability to adsorb or bind to other substances like gas. Take activated charcoal between meals to ensure it does not bind to other nutrients or medicines.

If you try activated charcoal for gas and bloating, I’d love to hear from you! Please comment below!

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Linda is a Functional Medicine Health Coach

Natural Heartburn Relief

Natural Heartburn Relief

Heartburn is one of the most common complaints people have. Heartburn is a feeling of burning in your chest. It’s a symptom of acid reflux or GERD.  Getting to the bottom of your reflux or GERD is essential, but in the meantime, I’ve outlined some natural heartburn relief methods you can incorporate today to start feeling better.

Masking heartburn with over the counter medicine or natural remedies will not solve the problem.  A good lifestyle plan needs to be put in place so you can recover from this digestive ailment.

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Certain foods or drinks can trigger heartburn in people. Heartburn is a sensation of burning in the chest.  It’s due to stomach acid backing up in the esophagus. The esophagus is about 10 inches long. It’s a muscular organ that connects the throat to the stomach. It is also called the food pipe. A person experiences heartburn in the upper and central part of the chest just behind the breast bone.

Reasons For Heartburn

Most experts tell you to stay away from spicy dishes, fatty foods and fried foods when you are suffering from heartburn.  These foods may trigger heartburn, but HOW you eat is more important than WHAT you eat according to experts.  The evidence for avoiding certain foods to reduce heartburn is just not there.

  • Eating Too Close To Bedtime. Digesting food while in a reclining position or lying down is a pretty good way to ensure heartburn. The contents of your belly don’t have the benefit of the gravitational pull of standing or sitting while eating. Try not to eat 2 to 3 hours before going to bed.  If you have GERD, it’s even more important to follow this rule.
  • Snacking All Day Or Eating Too Much Food.  Some dietary theories tell us to eat mini meals all day long, however, this is a good way to get heartburn. Eating too frequently during the day should be avoided.  Also if you tend to eat large meals at one sitting, your stomach may just back some up into the esophagus.
  • Being Obese or Overweight.  Excess weight creates more pressure on your abdomen which can slow the food down as it makes it way through the digestive system.  Also being overweight can put a strain on the sphincter muscle that keeps the contents in your stomach and from being able to back up into the esophagus.
  • Eating The Wrong Foods  As I stated before, there is scant research that links certain foods to heartburn.bad food But that doesn’t mean that certain foods can’t give you heartburn. So if you have bad experiences with certain foods, then you will do yourself a favor by not eating them.  The point is, slightly acidic and spicy foods don’t drive up acid levels in your stomach to cause such bad symptoms.  Think about it, our stomach is filled with stomach acid already, why would a food tip the scale?  Experts say that the stomach makes 2 liters of hydrochloric acid a day!  What difference would a slightly acidic food make?

Natural Remedies For Heartburn

    • Baking Soda– Try one teaspoon of baking soda dissolved in one glass (8 oz) of water. The baking soda neutralizes the acid. You can do this a few times a day.  You should not use this remedy every day.  Baking soda is high in salt and can cause problems long term.
    • Aloe Juice – Aloe Juice is very soothing when applied topically and it’s also soothing when taken internally.  Try drinking a half cup of aloe juice before meals.
    • Elevate Your Head –  Elevate your head 6 inches when you sleep by using a wedge-shaped pillow under your mattress like the therapeutic one shown here. Do not lie down 3 -4 hours before bed.
    • Apple Cider Vinegar – In most cases, acid reflux is caused by too little stomach acid. If you’re not producing enough acid, your sphincter muscle won’t tighten up which creates food and acid to back up into the esophagus. Try adding a little more acid in the form of apple cider vinegar.  Try one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in 8 ounces of water. (always dilute apple cider vinegar)
    • Bananas and apples – Both fruits buffer acid. Eat a banana a day or try eating an apple a little before bed.
    • Mustard –  Yes that’s right. Mustard is alkalizing and contains a weak acid. Take one teaspoon straight.  Preferably when you feel heartburn coming on.
    • Fresh ginger tea – Cut a tablespoon of fresh ginger and add to a cup of hot water to make fresh ginger tea.  Ginger is known for its ability to calm the stomach.tea

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    Do you have any heartburn remedies to share?  I’d love to hear them.  Please leave a comment.

    Linda is a Certified Integrative Health Coach

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    Foods That Reduce Acid Reflux

    Top 10 Foods That Reduce Acid Reflux

    Heartburn and acid reflux reduce the quality of life for millions of people. The majority of people self-treat their symptoms and spend over 1.2 billion dollars on over-the-counter antacid and indigestion products every year! These products are not without risk. One study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, suggests that seniors are at a greater risk for bone fractures while on these ‘proton-pump’ inhibitors such as Prilosec, Nexium, and Prevacid.  There is a lot you can do naturally to reduce or eliminate acid reflux and natural should always be the first step before taking drugs. I am outlining 10 foods that reduce acid reflux so you can get an understanding of how foods and supplements can heal and make a substantial difference in the quality of your life.

    What is Gastric Reflux and GERD?

    Many people confuse acid reflux with GERD and use the terms interchangeably, but although they are closely related they are different problems.

    • Acid reflux is when stomach acid flows back into the esophagus. During an episode of acid reflux, you taste regurgitated food or sour liquid at the back of the throat and possibly a burning sensation in your chest (heartburn).
    • GERD (Gastroesophageal reflux disease) is the chronic, more severe form of acid reflux.  Frequent heartburn is one of the symptoms of GERD, so is difficulty swallowing, chest pain and wheezing. The symptoms get worse at night while lying down.

    There is another form of reflux and that is called Laryngopharyngeal Reflux.  LPR is a condition where the backflow of food or stomach acid goes into the voice box or the throat. This can happen during the day or at night. Knowing you have LPR can be confusing because most people do not have heartburn and that is because the material does not back up all the way to the esophagus, just to the throat and voice box. It’s still a serious condition because the throat and voice box tissues are more sensitive to injury and irritation.  

    Symptoms Of Acid Reflux and GERD

    As I explained earlier, acid reflux and GERD are slightly different. GERD being the chronic condition. So GERD symptoms will have all of the symptoms of reflux, plus long-term symptoms.

    • Heartburn    (Reflux and GERD)
    • Chest pain    (Reflux and GERD)
    • Pain after eating   (Reflux and GERD)
    • Bitter taste in mouth    (Reflux and GERD)
    • Sore Throat   (Laryngopharyngeal Reflux, Reflux and GERD)
    • Hoarseness    (Laryngopharyngeal Reflux, Reflux and GERD)
    • Nausea    (GERD)
    • Trouble swallowing   (Laryngopharyngeal Reflux, GERD)
    • Sleep Disturbances   (Reflux and GERD)
    • Cough   (Laryngopharyngeal Reflux, GERD)
    • Sinusitis   (GERD)
    • Asthma    (GERD)
    • Middle ear infection   (GERD)
    • Lung disease   (GERD)
    • Barrett’s Esophagus (GERD)
    • Esophageal cancer  (GERD, long-term GERD with Barrett’s esophagus)

    All of the above symptoms can be indicative of all digestive reflux disease as with other medical conditions, so it’s always prudent to check with your health professional.

    The Gerdq is a diagnostic questionnaire given to patients when GERD is suspected. Answer these questions with how many days a week you experience symptoms.  Add up your points and then compare to the note at the bottom of the chart.

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    The Importance Of Healing Reflux and GERD

    Acid reflux can turn into chronic GERD.  As I mentioned before, millions of Americans self-treat their acid reflux symptoms.  This is not wise as the root cause is never addressed and over-the-counter acid blockers can destroy the digestive system and its delicate acid, enzyme, and bacterial balance.

    Untreated or self-treated reflux that turns into chronic GERD can result in damage to the esophagus leading to Barrett’s esophagus. Barrett’s esophagus is a condition where damage and inflammation occur in the esophagus and is associated with an increased risk of developing esophageal cancer. This is a rare occurrence but should be taken seriously.foods that reduce acid reflux

    Any damage to the esophagus and throat should be addressed immediately. To protect the delicate tissues of the esophagus, supplements that pose as a barrier to the area are important to take while healing your reflux and GERD. Life Extension carries products that protect and heal.

    Doctors may prescribe pills that do not address the root cause.  When prescription medications are stopped, symptoms usually reappear after a time. Acid suppression therapies found in antacids, proton pump inhibitors, and histamine 2 receptor blockers can interfere with the absorption of nutrients like iron, vitamin B12 and calcium carries its own risks.

    Problems like anemia increases with lack of iron absorption. Vitamin B12 deficiency is associated with elevated homocysteine levels which are a risk factor for heart disease.  Impaired calcium absorption carries a risk of deadly hip fracture. So as you can see, medications to manage GERD and reflux come with risks of future health challenges.

    Foods That Reduce Acid Reflux and GERD

    foods that reduce acid refluxStudies suggest that more than 27% of GERD patients test positive for food allergies and avoiding these allergenic foods resulting in symptom improvement (Pomiecinski 2010).  Food plays a huge part in the development, progression, and reduction of reflux and GERD.  Knowing what foods help and what foods contribute or exacerbate problems is very important to manage your condition.

    We think that symptoms of heartburn are due to too much stomach acid, but that is not the case for many.  Too little stomach acid is also a contributor.  How can that be you ask? Stomach acid is needed to emulsify food once in the stomach. Once the food is emulsified, it moves forward to the small intestines.  Everything is propelled in a forward motion. If there is not enough stomach acid to propel the food forward, it backs up into the esophagus.

    Foods to eat when TOO MUCH stomach acid is suspected in reflux and GERD

    1.Vegetables – include more vegetables in your diet. Preferably with every meal you have. Vegetables help reduce stomach acid because they are naturally low in acid and buffer the acid level. Try green vegetables with every meal like green beans, broccoli, asparagus, and cucumbers.

    2.Oatmeal – Oatmeal is low in acid and actually absorbs the acidity from other foods.

    3.Rice and Couscous – choose brown rice over white rice for extra fiber. Rice and couscous are very soothing foods for the digestive tract and will not contribute to reflux

    4.Potatoes – low in acid and easy to digest.

    5.Egg Whites – are low in acid and a good source of protein to replace meat with, which is high in acid. Stay away from the yolks, as they are high in acid.

    6.Melons and Bananas – Fruit can be acidic, but melons and bananas are low in acid and can be eaten without triggering reflux.

    Foods To Eat When TOO LITTLE Stomach Acid Is Suspected in reflux and GERD

    7. Drink Celery Juice – or eat celery with every meal. Celery juice replaces salts and enzymes and will calm reflux. Drink it every day preferably on an empty stomach.

    8. Apple Cider Vinegar – Drink before meals to increase acidity to help digest your food and reduce reflux.

    9. Gingerhelps stimulate digestive juices. Try 2- 3 cups a day of ginger tea, 2 -3 drops of ginger essential oil in 8 oz of water a day, or add ½ inch of ginger root to a smoothie a day.

    10.Fermented Veggies – Foods like Kimchi, Sauer kraut, fermented pickles, fermented veggies improve digestive juices because they contain acids, enzymes, and natural probiotics.

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    In Conclusion

    Acid reflux and GERD are used interchangeably when in fact there are some differences. GERD is the more chronic and long term condition of reflux.

    It is important not to self-treat reflux as millions of Americans do today since chronic GERD can result.  Chronic GERD is associated with esophageal damage leading to Barrett’s syndrome which can result in esophageal cancer.

    Drugs to manage reflux can cause nutrient deficiencies leading to other health conditions. It’s important to change your diet and add in those foods that are known to help calm reflux if you know your reflux is caused by either too much or too little stomach acid.

    Read here for more information about supplements to heal GERD and reflux.

    Please leave a comment if you enjoyed this article, I love to hear from you!

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    Linda Watson is a Certified Functional Health Coach

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    Cod Liver Oil Side Effects

    Cod liver oil is the essential oil extracted from the livers of Atlantic cod. Scientists discovered that cod liver oil helped eradicate rickets, a common disease in 17th century England and in the U.S. through the 1920’s.  Back then, cod liver oil was known to be rich in vitamins A and D only but its strong therapeutic properties are still being discovered today. Rickets was eradicated in the 1930’s and today cod liver oil is used successfully to treat many nutrient deficiencies.naturalvitamins

    Nordic countries regularly consume cod liver oil to protect themselves from nutrient deficiencies. Studies have shown that taking one to two teaspoons of cod liver oil daily can help reduce the risk of cancer, diabetes, kidney problems, inflammatory bowel disease, high cholesterol and joint pain. Seems like a supplement worth taking, but some have expressed concern over the consumption of cod liver oil.  Is it all it’s cracked up to be? Are there any cod liver oil side effects you should be aware of? Let’s look a little deeper into cod liver oil research and see what it reveals.

    Difference between Cod Liver Oil and Fish Oilfish oil

    Cod liver oil is oil that is extracted solely from the livers of cod fish. Fish oil is oil extracted from the tissue of deep sea oily fish like tuna, mackerel, herring, salmon, cod, and trout. Cod liver oil contains fewer Omega 3 fatty acids than regular fish oil but contains more nutrients like vitamin D and A.

    What Are The Researched Benefits Of Cod Liver Oil?

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    Cod liver oil is an anti-inflammatory food due to its omega 3 fatty acid profile and it’s high levels of vitamins A and D.  Both of these nutrients help fight inflammation and build the immune system which is critical in so many inflammatory conditions including inflammatory bowel diseases.

    • Cod liver oil is a good type of fat. Omega 3 fatty acids help break down carbohydrates when eaten with a meal to reduce the blood sugar rise in your bloodstream.
    • The nutrients in cod liver oil, mostly vitamin A and E help reduce the risk of macular degeneration.  Macular degeneration can lead to blindness and is on the rise in the U.S.
    • Cod liver oil contains high amounts of vitamin D and can help with cognitive performance.
    • The vitamin A and D in cod liver oil can help heal IBD and other digestive disorders.
    • The vitamin D in cod liver oil can help reduce the progression of cancer by slowing the growth and development of new blood vessels in cancerous tissue.
    • Cod liver oil was shown to protect against bone loss, obesity and resulted in a greater bone turnover. (Bone. 2008 May;42(5):996-1003).
    • Cod liver oil has anti-depressant properties and is associated with a lower rate of depressive symptoms for the general population. (J Affect Disord. 2007 Aug;101(1-3):245-9).

    Any Side Effects From Cod Liver Oil?

    Cod liver oil is generally well-tolerated and safe.  But there are a few things you should be aware of.cod-liver-oil-side-effects-1

    1. The most common complaint is a fishy aftertaste. To reduce this, take your cod liver oil with food and avoid taking it right before bedtime.
    2. If you have a bleeding disorder or are taking blood-thinning medications, talk to you doctor before taking cod liver oil.  Cod liver oil can thin the blood and cause bleeding issues.  For this reason, you would also want to stop taking cod liver oil about a week before any surgeries.
    3. These drugs interact with cod liver oil.  Talk to your doctor.

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    Calcitriol
    Fluorouracil
    Hectorol
    Paricalcitol
    Rocaltrol
    Xeloda
    Zemplar
    Coumadin
    Warfarin
    Miradon

    4)  A study done on rats in the “Journal of Diabetes and Metabolic Disorders” in February 2013 found that cod liver oil may raise blood sugar in diabetics.  An explanation of why this might be was provided by the University of Maryland Medical Center. Their claim is that the body converts fatty acids into sugars which may explain the rise in blood sugar.  If you are a diabetic, take cod liver oil or any fish oil under the care of your healthcare practitioner.

    Recent Controversy Surrounding Cod Liver Oil

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    Dr. Joseph Mercola recently withdrew his recommendations for taking cod liver oil. His claim is that the cod liver oil of today has the wrong ratios of vitamin D and Vitamin A.  According to him, modern processing for contaminant removal decreases the vitamin D level in the cod liver oil, thus making the vitamin A more toxic to the body.  High amounts of vitamin A are toxic to the body and vitamin A needs vitamin D to buffer this.  

    The Weston Price Foundation rebutted his article claiming that Dr. Mercola’s arguments were not sound and that purchasing cod liver oil with the right ratios is still possible.  You can read the response here.

    Consumer watchdog agencies have found that many cod liver oil manufacturers do not have the right levels of vitamin A and D, so finding the best sources is very important.

    Click here for a list of cod liver oil supplements with the right ratios of vitamin A and D.

    Conclusion:

    Cod liver oil has been used for hundreds of years to treat rickets and nutrient deficiencies.  Taking cod liver oil during the winter months when sunlight is scarce provides people with adequate levels of vitamin D and A.  

    Cod liver oil is rich in Omega 3 fatty acids and provides anti-inflammatory effects to the body resulting in lower incidences of cancer, bone loss, cognitive decline, Irritable Bowel Disease (IBD), depression among other health challenges.

    There has been controversy surrounding the nutrient levels and toxicity of Vitamin A and the manufacturing processes of cod liver oil possibly doing more harm than good.  This has been refuted by other experts, but the importance of taking a reputable product with the right nutrients is very important.  Click here for a list of reputable sources of cod liver oil.

    Hope you enjoyed this article and please comment below!  I love to hear from you.

    14354940_1147966088611029_3013149574780621067_n(4)Linda Watson is a certified Functional Health Coach

    Safest brands of cod liver oil

    Safest Brands Of Cod Liver Oil

    Cod liver oil is high in anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids and fat soluble vitamins A and D.  These nutrients help fight inflammation and build the immune system which is critical for many health challenges, especially irritable bowel syndrome (IBD).  Below are the best brands of cod liver oil on the market today.

    Vitamin D is difficult to get from whole foods and cod liver oil is one of the top sources. However, cod liver oil that you can purchase today may have ratios of vitamin A and vitamin D that may not be optimal for good health. Vitamin A can be toxic in high quantities and modern processes of cod liver oil have reduced the vitamin D content, making the ratio of vitamin A greater.  This fact has concerned many experts. Read more about cod liver oil here.

    Vitamin A also protects against vitamin D toxicity according to Michael F. Holick, MD PhD, a vitamin D researcher.  His research suggests that vitamins A, D, and K2 should be consumed in proper balance for safety and health benefits according to an article by the Weston Price Foundation.

    There ARE high-quality cod liver oil brands available today with correct ratios and levels of nutrients. Knowing what brands that are of high quality and have the right ratio of vitamin D and A are extremely important.

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    The Best Brands Of Cod Liver Oil (available online)

    GOOD Brands Of Cod Liver Oil Available in Stores

    • NOW Foods double strength Cod Liver Oil capsules
    • Sonne’s Cod Liver Oil
    • Swanson double strength Cod Liver Oil capsules
    • Twin Labs non-emulsified liquid Cod Liver Oil

    I hope you enjoyed this article on the safest brands of cod liver oil.  Please leave a comment, I love to hear from you!

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    Linda Watson is a Certified Functional Health Coach practicing in Newtown Ct.

    Healing Leaky Gut Syndrome Diet

    A Healing Leaky Gut Syndrome Diet

    Leaky gut syndrome is a condition where the lining of the stomach becomes more permeable, or ‘porous’ allowing molecules into the bloodstream that should not be there. Nutrients and other small molecules are only meant to pass through the intestinal barrier and into the bloodstream to supply our organs with nutrition, hormones and other molecules it needs to function.  When larger molecules such as yeast, toxins, undigested food and other forms of waste enter the bloodstream, the body reacts negatively in unhealthful ways resulting in allergies, inflammation, brain fog, autoimmune disease and a host of other health challenges. A healing leaky gut syndrome diet is necessary to incorporate as well as certain supplements and lifestyle changes. Read more about what leaky gut syndrome is here.

    What Causes Leaky Gut Syndrome?

    There is a general consensus among health experts about the causes of leaky gut syndrome. Inflammation is one of the top reasons. Certain foods and toxins lead to inflammation in the gut, compromising the lining and leading to leaky gut.

    • Gluten – is a highly inflammatory food. You don’t have to have celiac to react to gluten in your diet.  Too much gluten can be a cause of leaky gut.
    • Sugar – sugar feeds bad bacteria in the gut leading to an imbalance of gut bacteria which is a cause of inflammation.
    • Medications – over the counter medications or prescription medications can irritate the lining of the stomach leading to inflammation.
    • Chronic stress – stress weakens the immune system resulting in lowered resistance to bad bacteria which become more prolific resulting in inflammation.
    • Yeast – when yeast gets out of control it sticks to the lining of the gut causing more holes in the lining of the gut.
    • Zinc – A deficiency in zinc causes the stomach to not function optimally allowing toxins and pathogens to take over. Studies show that supplementing with zinc heals leaky gut.

    So as you can see, inflammation is at the root of leaky gut and certain foods and lifestyle contribute to the inflammation.  If you don’t heal the inflammation with a protocol of diet and lifestyle modifications, leaky gut will remain an issue.  If leaky gut is not addressed, other health conditions can arise.

    Diet For Leaky Gut

    The principles of a leaky gut diet are simple:

    • Add those foods that heal and support your gut.
    • Avoid those foods that imbalance the bacteria in the gut.

    When embarking on a leaky gut diet, the first phase is very important as it involves adding food that is naturally healing and may include foods that you are not familiar with.  Don’t worry, you can eventually add in more foods that you normally eat as you make your way through the phases of the diet.

    Phase 1  (21 Days)

    Achieving intestinal health involves the 4 R’s; Remove, Replace, Reinoculate and Repair.  Phase 1 of the diet incorporates all 4 R’s.   Removing those foods that contribute to gut imbalance, replacing stomach acid and digestive enzymes needed for optimal digestion, reinoculate the gut with beneficial probiotics and prebiotics, and repairing the lining of the intestinal walls with beneficial fibers.

    You will remove for the first 21 days:leaky gut (2)

    • Sugar (all natural and artificial)
    • Trans fats
    • Dried fruits
    • Juices
    • Gluten and all grains (including rice)
    • Corn (cornstarch)
    • Dairy
    • Soy
    • Eggs
    • Processed meats
    • Peanuts
    • Canola oil
    • All potatoes including yams
    • Legumes
    • Iceberg lettuce

    So, what can you eat for the next 21 days? 

    Proteins:

    • Grass-fed Beef
    • Organic, Free Range Chicken
    • Fish (low to no mercury)
    • shellfish

    Vegetables: (Stick with only these veggies for Phase 1)

    • Artichoke
    • Asparagus
    • Beets
    • Berries
    • Broccoli (broccolini, broccoli rabe)
    • Brussels sprouts
    • Cabbages
    • Capers
    • Carrots (only cooked)
    • Cauliflower
    • Celery
    • Cucumber
    • Eggplant
    • Garlic
    • Kale
    • Lettuce (not iceberg)
    • Mushrooms
    • Onions
    • Spinach
    • Squash
    • Tomatoes
    • Turnips
    • Watercress
    • Zucchini

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    • Apples
    • Avocado
    • Cherries
    • Coconut
    • Coconut water
    • Grapefruit
    • kiwi
    • Nectarines
    • Orange
    • Rhubarb

    Nuts and Seeds:

    • Almonds
    • Brazil nuts
    • Nut flours
    • Walnuts

    Oils:

    • Organic butter or ghee
    • Coconut milk
    • Coconut oil

    Legumes:

    • Chickpeas
    • Lentils

    All of the above foods will repair your gut, reinoculate your gut with healthy pro and prebiotics and repair the stomach lining.  Eat meals incorporating all of the foods above for Phase 1.

    Phase 2 (4 Weeks)

    The goal of Phase 2 is to boost your metabolism and add in a few more foods that continue to enforce the four R’s.

    Continue to avoid the foods listed in Phase 1 to remove.

    Foods to Add Back In:

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    • Dairy (goats milk and kefir only)
    • Organic eggs
    • Mango
    • Melons
    • Peaches
    • Pears
    • Amaranth
    • Buckwheat
    • Millet
    • Oats
    • Quinoa
    • Rice (brown, basmati, wild) NO white rice
    • Green beans
    • All beans
    • Sweet potatoes
    • Yams

    Phase 3

    By phase 3 your gut should be healing if not healed.  In Phase 3, you will continue with all the foods allowed in Phase 1 and 2, while continuing to avoid those foods that we removed in Phase 1.  If you still have some lingering issues, I recommend continuing Phase 2 for three more weeks.

    Once you feel better, continue to be mindful of your body.  It will alert you to when there is an imbalance. Avoiding these foods or reducing them to only occasional indulgence is highly recommended for the rest of your life:

    • Packaged foods
    • High-fructose corn syrup
    • Trans fats
    • Canned fruits
    • Fruit juices
    • Soy
    • Canola oil
    • Artificial sugars
    • Refined sugars and flour

    In conclusion, healing your gut involves removing certain foods that harm your gut, and then eating only those foods for a period of time that can strengthen and repair the gut.  Phase 1 and 2 involve avoiding and eating only those foods listed above.  Phase 3 of the diet is where you either continue on with Phase 2 if needed for three more weeks or going back to your regular diet while avoiding or reducing the forbidden foods for the rest of your life.

    Let me be clear: Eating real food is very important to healing a leaky gut. But without a doubt, the #1 Mistake people make is thinking diet alone can heal their gut.

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    Leaky gut is a complex problem that can affect many areas of the body. Therefore, it’s unlikely that just one thing would “fix” “cure” or “solve” it.

    If this interests you, I want to invite you to come listen to a Free Presentation called “How to Solve A Leaky Gut”

    On the free webinar you’ll learn:

    • The top leaky gut risk factors (that could indicate you have it)
    • 19 Leaky Gut Triggers from the Research
    • The 3-Step ‘pleiotropic approach’ to solving leaky gut

    You’ll need to sign up for a seat by clicking the link below:

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    The Best Manuka Honey For Healing

    The Best Manuka Honey For Healing – Know Your Honey

    Honey is a supersaturated sugar solution derived from nectar gathered and modified by the honeybee and has been used since ancient times for healing. Manuka honey is a special type of honey that has been shown to have even more healing benefits over regular honey.  In this article I will explain the best manuka honey for healing since finding quality and true manuka honey can be a challenge.manuka-or-tea-tree-bush

    Manuka honey comes from bees that pollinate the manuka bush. The manuka bush grows predominantly in New Zealand but also grows in Australia too. In fact there is a bit of competition between the two countries for the certification of authentic manuka honey. The world market price of manuka honey has reached incredibly high numbers making it one of the priciest exports coming out of New Zealand and Australia, so you can see why both countries are looking for certification superiority. If New Zealand wins the trademark, they will have a very lucrative product niche.

    Manuka bushes also grow in other parts of the world, but the flower bees that pollinate them are not the right kind that produce true manuka honey. The New Zealand manuka bush is the same bush that tea tree oil comes from.

    Authentic New Zealand manuka honey has the UMF on it’s side which is an advocacy group. The Unique Manuka Factor Honey Association (UMF) is a trademark and works with the growers and producers of the honey to inform the users of the benefits. These quality standards uphold the label by hiring independent companies to check samples of the honey.  The UMF is also looking to trademark the Manuka Honey name to protect the authenticity of the product.

    How Is Manuka Honey Different From Other Types of Honey?

    All honey has natural antibiotic properties due to their hydrogen peroxide content and has been used for centuries for wound healing and it’s ability to kill germs.  All honey is acidic with a pH between 3.2 and 4.5 which is responsible in promoting healing.

    Manuka honey however, has even more unique qualities making it superior to regular honey.  One of these properties is a substance called methylglyoxal (MGO) which is found only in the nectar of the manuka plant. MGO is superior at attacking germs so well that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved bandages infused with Manuka honey for over the counter and prescription use in wound healing.

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    MGO is not found in such high concentrations in any other food besides manuka honey. The higher the concentration of MGO, the stronger the antibacterial result.  High concentration of MGO in manuka honey gives it the power to destroy a large number of viruses and bacteria.  In fact, a recent study published in the European Journal of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases showed manuka honey killed almost every bacteria and pathogen it was tested on, something traditional antibiotics cannot claim.  These bacteria and pathogens include two strains of staph bacteria, MSSA (methicillin-susceptible Staphylococcus aureus) and MRSA (methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus) and Pseudomonas aeriginosa (PA).

    Manuka honey also has an amazing nutritional profile that far exceeds traditional flower honey.  Manuka honey has amino acids, b vitamins, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, potassium, sodium and zinc up to 4 times the amounts of regular honey.

    Health Benefits Of True Manuka Honey

    Digestion and Immunology – especially SIBO (small intestine bacterial overgrowth), low stomach acid and acid reflux or GERD.  Any bacterial issue with the stomach can benefit from manuka honey.  It can balance the bad bacteria in your gut which can heal and soothe digestion. Manuka honey can help prevent infections with it’s high antibacterial content helping with any bacterial illnesses and building immunity.

    Stomach ulcers. Manuka honey is effective in killing the bacteria responsible for stomach ulcers, Helicobacter pylori, due to it’s antibacterial properties.

    Chronic sinus infections. Manuka honey is effective at killing off Staphylococcus and Pseudomonas, bacteria responsible for causing sinus infections even better than antibiotics.

    Wounds and skin ulcers. Manuka honey may be effective in killing MRSA, a bacteria that thrives on your skin and is commonly found in skin wounds. MRSA can grow and can be life threatening. ScienceDaily reports that 85 percent of bacteria in skin wounds was destroyed by small concentrations of manuka honey. Always check with your doctor for deep wounds or wounds that don’t heal or change in color and swelling.  

    Periodontal disease. Dental plaque and tartar are caused by bacteria left on your teeth and can cause inflammation and gum disease. Manuka honey was shown in a study to prevent dental plaque and worked better than a clinical anti plaque mouthwash.

    Skin Care. Excema, sensitive skin and psoriasis can all be helped with the topical application of manuka honey. Although there is not a lot of science yet behind it, manuka honey’s anti inflammatory properties are added to skincare to soothe and relieve chronic skin conditions.

    Diabetic foot ulcers. Manuka honey is reported to be effective in the treatment of diabetic leg and foot ulcers according to a recent study.

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    How To Purchase Authentic Manuka Honey

    At the beginning of this article I mentioned UMF, the Unique Manuka Honey Factor, the trademark group that oversees the authenticity of manuka honey. The UMF is also a grading system which appraises the natural markers found in the honey to assure purity and quality.  The UMF protects your rights as a consumer so you are getting what you pay for as the strength and potency of manuka honey as it varies per manuka bush. The UMF is a trademark of licensed users who must be New Zealand company manufacturers. Manuka honey must go through a series of tests to show authenticity and purity

    This is the manuka honey grading UMF grading system:

    The UMF quality trademark ranges from 5 upwards:

    •  0-4  Not detectable
    •  5-9  Low levels
    • 10-15 Useful levels
    • 16+   Superior high grade levels

    The Active Manuka Honey Association of New Zealand is the organization responsible for the oversight of testing manuka honey.  Below MUST be labeled on the jar, or it is not guaranteed authentic manuka honey.

    What will you see on the jar of authentic, trademarked manuka honey?

    • Authentic manuka honey will have the  UMF® trademark on the jar.
    • Along with the UMF will come a number.  This number specifies the UMF level of anti-bacterial activity.  5+, 10+, 12+, 16+, 18+, 20+
    • It has the UMF licensee’s brand name and license number on the label.
    • It is packed into jars and labelled in New Zealand.
    • It has a numerical number alongside the UMF trademark. (a number on it’s own without the trademark UMF does not identify genuine manuka honey).
    • It is endorsed by the Official UMF Test Certificate which states the batch number test results on the label.

    In conclusion, manuka honey is a special honey with superior antibacterial and nutrient qualities above regular honey.  The UMF is a trademark for authentic New Zealand manuka honey, protecting the rights of the consumer in getting a quality and authentic product. Manuka honey has many researched and documented health benefits relating to antibiotic, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. Finding authentic manuka honey involves making sure the label has all the required information on it, guaranteeing authenticity.
    My favorite brands of authentic manuka honey can be found below.  And please comment if you enjoyed this article, I love to hear from my readers.

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    Tahi tahi manuka honey

    How to use Apple Cider Vinegar for Gut Health

    How to use Apple Cider Vinegar for Gut Health – A simple remedy!

     

    Our gut is populated with colonies of bacteria, good and bad. When the diversity of bacteria is lacking or certain species of bacteria are absent, illnesses and chronic diseases or stomach distress is a result. There are so many factors that go into having a healthy microbiome (gut bacteria) and environment all plays a factor. Diet is huge when dealing with the health of the gut and there are so many foods and supplements that can help, I could spend all day addressing them!  The scope of this article will address how to use apple cider vinegar for gut health as one of those foods that can affect your microbiome.

    As infants we come into this world with a sterile microbiome.  Experts have recently discovered that by the age how to use apple cider vinegar for gut healthof three, our gut bacteria has been formed.  During those three years a child will be exposed to many factors that will affect how their microbiome has formed.  Playing in the dirt, having a pet, whether or not they were breastfed, what they eat, medications they have ingested will all factor into the diversity and quality of the microbiome.

    Then as the years go by we further alter the microbiome, by how much it is altered experts do not know the answer to.  Medications, antibiotics, fast food, processed food, sugar, stress, pollution can all affect the quality and diversity of the microbiome.  If you eat a typical American diet, you most likely have gut issues.  No wonder the aisles of pharmacies are loaded with antiacids, and other stomach related relief medicines.  IBS, IBD, reflux, gas and bloating are the number one complaints suffered by millions of Americans.

    Origins Of Vinegar

    White vinegar has been used for more than ten thousand years and flavored vinegars’ were produced about five thousand years ago.  The New Testament references vinegar for wound healing and other medicinal purposes. The Chinese used vinegar as a sanitizing hand wash.  Early American health practitioners used vinegar to treat a variety of ailments like stomachache, fever and poison ivy.

    How is Vinegar Made?

    Raw materials containing starch or a sugar via a fermentation process is involved in the production of vinegar. Grape, apple and other fruit juices are the main starting materials.  Rice, malt and beer vinegar are other types of vinegars’ produced as well. There are several fermentation processes, oxidation and then an aging process that varies according to the type of raw material used when manufacturing vinegar. (Grapes, apples, etc)

    Apple Cider Vinegar for Your Gut Health

    • Apple cider vinegar contains organic acids that include acetic acid.  These acids are able to permeate into the cell membranes of microorganisms and initiate cell death. It’s antimicrobial properties make it a useful antibacterial agent.  Studies have been done on vinegar and it’s positive effect of killing food-borne bacteria due to the acetic acid content.
    • The acetic acid in apple cider vinegar has been shown to be lethal to E.Coli bacteria, a  type of bacteria that is very resistant these days to antibiotics.
    • Obesity is a huge problem in the United States and the numbers of people who will be obese in the future is staggering. Apple cider vinegar has been shown to decrease the glycemic effect of a meal which may increase weight loss.  A recent study on rats showed those that ingested the vinegar had lower body weight.
    • Apple cider vinegar can improve the acid content in your stomach. Many people suffer from indigestion due to low levels of stomach acid.  Increasing the stomach acid by taking one tablespoon of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar in a glass of water daily will help with indigestion and gas.

    How to take apple cider vinegar

    There are no safety precautions to taking small amounts of vinegar a day. You can drink one to two teaspoons in a glass of water one to two times a day.  There are no recommended dosages for taking vinegar, so seeing how you feel is the best gauge.

    *Tips*

    • Never drink apple cider vinegar or any type of vinegar straight.  Always dilute due to it’s highly acidic nature. Your tooth enamel can be damaged by taking it straight as well as possibly irritating the tissues of your mouth and throat.
    • Never drink more than one to two teaspoons of diluted apple cider vinegar per day unless under the advice of your health care practitioner. Drinking too much per day can affect your potassium levels which will hurt bone density.
    • If you’re taking laxatives, medicines for diabetes or heart disease, don’t take apple cider vinegar unless under the care of your physician.
    • Make sure your apple cider vinegar contains the ‘mother’ and is not diluted. Mother of vinegar is the jelly-like substance that can cloud the apple cider vinegar.  It can look wispy as well.  Many feel that the ‘mother’
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      has it’s own health benefits.  To read more about apple cider vinegar and it’s health benefits, Bragg Health Sciences makes a high quality apple cider vinegar
      and they have a book explaining the many benefits.

    In conclusion, apple cider vinegar contains acetic acid which has been shown to kill bad bacteria, including E.coli.  It’s anti microbial effects make it an effective anti- bacterial agent. Apple cider vinegar is helpful for weight loss and indigestion as well as killing off food-borne bacteria saving you from a potential bout of food poisoning.

    Taking small amounts of diluted apple cider vinegar can be a great way to keep your gut happy and your waistline happy!  To purchase a high quality apple cider vinegar, try Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar

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    or try Viva Naturals Apple Cider Vinegar:

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    I love to hear from my readers! Please comment and I’ll get back to you!