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Apple Cider Vinegar Benefits

APPLE CIDER VINEGAR

In our house Apple Cider Vinegar is a staple.   We drink it, use it for cooking, cleaning and even to balance the pH of my hair.  Check out some of the wonderful benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar in this blog.

Apple cider vinegar lowers glucose levels, and may be helpful for diabetics. It has also been touted as a weight-loss aid, as it is said to help you feel fuller and eat less. The enzymes in apple cider vinegar also promote the growth of healthy bacteria in the gut, and can help regulate candida issues.

Apple cider vinegar can also be very helpful in reducing gas and bloating. Just take a tablespoon of ACV diluted in water or tea before a meal. It can also help aleviate symptoms of heartburn. Take a dose as soon as you feel heartburn symptoms coming on.

Apple Cider Vinegar, despite its acidic taste actually promotes alkalinity in the body. Since  cancer cannot live in an alkaline body, the primary way to heal many ailments is by bringing the body into an alkaline state which makes it an inhospitable environment for cancer.

How to take apple cider vinegar orally: Mix 1 tablespoon with a cup of water or herbal tea. (Apple cider vinegar is quite strong, and when taken straight can be harsh on the esophagus, so you’ll want to dilute it).   We also add some Himalayan Salt and Tumeric for an added mineral and nutrient boost.

And, of course, apple cider vinegar is a classic salad dressing ingredient, which you can definitely get a little creative with! While olive oil, the most commonly used oil for salad dressing, it is not recommended, you can mix your ACV with flax oil, avocado oil, lemon or orange juice, and perhaps even whirl it all together in a blender with a clove of garlic and fresh ground pepper and Himalayan Salt to taste.

Here is one of my favorite ACV dressing recipes:

Honey Chia Seed Vinaigrette

  • 1/3 cup avocado oil
  • 2 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. chia seeds
  • 1 Tbsp. honey
  • 1/4 tsp. himalayan salt

Finding Quality Apple Cider Vinegar

The quality of the Apple Cider Vinegar that you use is important.  First you have to get ACV with the “Mother”.  The Mother of Vinegar which occurs naturally as strand-like enzymes of connected protein molecules.    In ACV particularly, “the mother” is a complex structure of beneficial acids that seem to have health benefits. Unrefined vinegars have a murky appearance and typically still contain the mother culture. Clear and pasteurized vinegars typically do not contain the mother culture and don’t carry the same benefits.  Second you need to make sure that the ACV that you get comes from Organic Sources.  Refined and clear vinegars are great for cleaning as they don’t leave residue. Raw, unfiltered and unrefined versions contain many more beneficial properties for culinary uses.

Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar is the brand we use almost exclusively for eating and cooking.  I totally love the whole Bragg Brand and what they stand for.  This information is an excerpt from Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar Miracle Health System.  I highly recommend this and other books written by the Bragg family.  Here is a link if you would like to purchase the book.  http://bragg.com/zencart/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=8&products_id=22

Research worldwide supports and commends what Hippocrates (the father of medicine) found and treated his patients with in 400 B.C. He discovered that natural, undistilled Apple Cider Vinegar (or ACV)* is a powerful cleansing and healing elixir, “a naturally occurring antibiotic and antiseptic that fights germs and bacteria” for a healthier, stronger, longer life!

The versatility of ACV as a powerful body cleansing agent is legendary. It’s been traced to Egyptian urns as far back as 3000 B.C. The Babylonians used it as a condiment and preservative, while Julius Caesar’s army used ACV tonic to stay healthy and fight off disease. The Greeks and Romans kept vinegar vessels for healing and flavoring. It was used in Biblical times as an antiseptic and a healing agent and is mentioned in the Bible. In Paris during the Middle Ages, it was sold from barrels by street vendors as a body deodorant, healing tonic and a health vinegar drink.

Even Christopher Columbus and his crew on his voyage to discover America in 1492 had their vinegar barrels for prevention of scurvy as did the soldiers in the American Civil War. For centuries in Japan, the feared Samurai warriors drank it for strength and power. ACV has been used for thousands of years not only for health reasons, but also as a cleansing agent to remove bacteria, germs, odors, and even stains and spots.”

ACV – Mother Nature’s Perfect Food

Natural (undistilled) organic, raw ACV can really be called one of Mother Nature’s most perfect foods. It is made from fresh, crushed apples which are then allowed to mature naturally in wooden barrels, as wood seems to “boost” the natural fermentation. Natural ACV should be rich, brownish color and if held to the light you might see a tiny formation of “cobweb-like” substances that we call the “mother.” Usually some “mother” will show in the bottom of the ACV bottle the more it ages. It never needs refrigeration. You can also save some “mother” and transfer it to work in other natural vinegars. When you smell natural ACV, there’s a pungent odor and sometimes it’s so ripened it puckers your mouth and smarts your eyes. These are natural, good signs.

Why Has Natural Apple Cider Vinegar Disappeared from Grocers’ Shelves?

The blame for the disappearance of natural raw Apple Cider Vinegar from supermarkets lies on the shoulders of the general public, as well as the producers of vinegar.

Most people buy food with their eyes, not thinking of good nutrition. The vinegar producers failed to enlighten the public on what powerful health qualities were locked within natural ACV. Why? Because most of them had not the slightest knowledge of the health values of natural, organic, unfiltered, cloudy (and to some, less attractive-looking) Apple Cider Vinegar with the “mother.” They produced pasteurized, refined and distilled vinegars because the public demanded the clear look. It was simply filling current supply and demand.

Powerful Health Qualities Removed

You cannot completely blame the producers of vinegar. They are not nutritionists, nor are they biochemists. Their business is to give the customers what they want. Most people purchase vinegar for flavoring, also for pickling and marinating their foods. Some women use it to rinse their hair after shampooing, as it leaves it squeaky clean, softer and much easier to manage.

ACV is also a germ fighter in the home, lab, etc.. Some mix it with water to wash windows, as it removes sludge and keeps them sparkling clean. ACV has hundreds of uses and its versatility is legendary as a powerful household cleansing and deodorizing agent free of dangerous chemicals.

ACV Has Powerful Health Qualities

Both the general public and the producers of vinegar have been informed as to the powerful health qualities of organic, raw, unfiltered, fully ripened ACV. Ignorance isn’t always bliss! When most people see natural apple cider vinegar with the brownish color and the tiny, cobweb “mother” floating in it, they think it looks unappetizing. The general public has been educated and brainwashed to want everything they purchase to have perfect eye appeal!

To meet this demand of clear, light-colored vinegar sans the brownish, cobweb “mother” is the reason producers distill their vinegar. In distilling, the vinegar is turned to steam by heating, thus destroying the powerful enzymes and evaporating the life-giving minerals such as potassium, phosphorus, natural organic fluorine, silicon, trace minerals and pectin as well as many other powerful nutrients! Distilling also destroys the natural malic and tartaric acids which are important in fighting body toxins and inhibiting unfriendly bacteria.

You can see how the public, with their obsession for eye appeal foods, reacts. The producers of Apple Cider Vinegar, who agree to sell their product for a profit, put a death warrant against healthy, organic, raw, fully ripened ACV. The public got what they wanted—a clear, appealing, but dead ACV. When natural ACV was hard to find, other strange vinegars began to appear on grocery shelves. The first was malt vinegar, a refined vinegar. It’s clear and acceptable to the public. It tastes like vinegar, but has none of the healing qualities of natural, raw ACV.

The universally accepted #1 fruit, the apple, is popular across America and around the world. Early American settlers, the Pilgrims, brought apples to America in the early 1600’s and became Johnny Appleseeders, starting apple orchards that eventually spread throughout America.

Commercial Vinegars are Real Tragedies

Then came the real tragedy: a food chemist produced an imitation vinegar from coal tar! It looked clean, white and tasted like vinegar. Today it’s the most popular vinegar in supermarkets. It’s cheaper than distilled vinegar or malt vinegar. Most people buy these worthless vinegars. There is nothing redeeming about commercial vinegars, besides their clean look and vinegar-like taste. They have no health value! They don’t contain the health values of organic, raw ACV with the mother. Millions worldwide never get the health benefits of this natural ACV as Hippocrates used in 400 B.C.

ACV Helps Stiffness Vanish from Body

You will find, after several months of ACV and honey cocktail taken 3 times daily that the stiffness and misery will be gone from your joints and body. You will discover you can walk or run up several flights of stairs without any effort and pain! You will notice that you look and feel younger!

Make The Bragg Healthy Lifestyle a life-long daily habit! Over the years we have seen many stiff-jointed, prematurely old people transform themselves into new, youthful, healthy people! We can’t do it for you. You must make the effort to give this ACV and honey program a chance to prove what it can do for you!

Question About Apple Cider Vinegar

Many people have some preconceived idea that Apple Cider Vinegar is harmful to the body. However, it is actually the distilled, pasteurized, filtered, malt and synthetic dead vinegars that must be avoided for human consumption!

Let us assure you that there is nothing in this wonderful, organic, raw ACV that can in any way harm your body! People ask us about the merits and benefits of ACV. See the inside front cover for a list of some of the miracles it can perform.

Animal proteins and fats have a tendency to thicken the blood, while natural acids and enzymes in ACV help to keep the blood healthier and thinner. Also, that’s why people naturally crave and serve cranberry sauce (which contains four different natural acids) with turkey and fowl. They serve applesauce with roast pork dishes, a slice of lemon with fish, or mushrooms with steak —all rich in natural acids.

JANUARY 2017 TOTAL BODY DETOX PROGRAM

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This is by far the best Christmas gift that you could give to yourself!  My 28 Day Total Body Detox will give you a new outlook on life once you learn the proper way to fuel your body!  You will have group informational webinars as well as personal sessions to leave you empowered to live your best possible life.

I’m always really excited for the New Year and what better way to start anew than with better body habits.  This course will leave you more conscious and in-tune with your body than you have ever been before.  The best part is you learn to lose weight without dieting but with lasting lifestyle changes.

This entire course is online, via skype or the phone so it doesn’t matter where you are.  All you need is a good internet connection and access to a phone.

Check out this link for more information:  http://edensbalance.com/detox-program/

Payments can be made via cash, credit or PayPal.  Use code FAMILY 20 to get 20% Off of the program cost until December 25th, 2016.

As always contact me if you have any comments or questions.

e-mail: stephanie@edensbalance.com

phone: 571.572.2058

TROPICAL TREAT SMOOTHIE

TROPICAL TREAT SMOOTHIE

Take your taste buds to the tropics with this refreshing smoothie treat.

INGREDIENTS:

2 handfulls of Organic Baby Spinach

1 Organic Banana

½ Organic Pineapple cubed

½ Organic Orange peeled

1 cup Helios Organic Greek Kefir (Coconut & Honey is great but you can substitute for Strawberry & Honey)

2 tbs Local Honey

2 cups Distilled water

Ice

DIRECTIONS: Simply place all ingredients into a blender (40oz or larger) & blend until smoothe! Drink immediately as ingredients in smoothies will separate quickly.

YEILD: 5-8oz Servings

Smoothie Tip:

You can freeze your fruits in advance, it will help preserve the fruit & also eliminate the need to add Ice.

Why I Maintain a Healthy Pregnancy Weight to Avoid Complications

Since your lifestyle before conception is so important,  I am glad that we started changing our eating habits many years ago and quit smoking over 2 years before the conception of Baby K.A.M.   We drink smoothies for breakfast, eat lots of fresh fruits & veggies,  salads,  avoiding processed & pre-packaged foods.  Now that there is a beautiful baby boy growing inside of me I know how important it is to keep up my healthy lifestyle and eating habits.  This is a great way to relive any stresses you may have about pregnancy, avoid habits that will cause complications.

fruit granola chia
Granola, Chia Seeds, Yogurt, Fresh Fruit for Breakfast
Baby K.A.M.s Brother said he wants my belly to get bigger so he grilled my favorite veggies.
Baby K.A.M.s Brother said he wants my belly to get bigger so he grilled my favorite veggies.

I will flashback for a minute to my first pregnancy since nothing was healthy about that pregnancy.  I gained 68lbs, way over the recommended 25-35lbs.  I ate everything fast & processed, hell it was easy, fast & inexpensive.  Can you believe my son was only 5lbs 13oz of that weight.  I was very lucky to have a complication free pregnancy & easy delivery.

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Now I consciously make my food choices, hormones or not.  I give myself 3 sweet cheats weekly so I don’t go nuts and if I have 4, it won’t kill me.  Like yesterday when I had to have that chewy chocolate brownie for desert.  That is the beauty of having a healthy diet & lifestyle.  Occasional cheats are OK.  Its the daily cheats that become a problem.

Some women are under the impression that you can eat as much and however you want when you are pregnant.  The old saying that you are “eating for two” is a common misnomer that should be addressed.  You don’t necessarily need more calories in your diet, especially in the first trimester.  In the second & third trimesters you will need to increase your nutrient intake but only about 200-300 calories per day.  You and your baby will require more of certain nutrients at different stages of your pregnancy.  Folic Acid is very important during the first trimester since the majority of the body systems are forming at that time.  Later on in pregnancy protein & iron  very important so the baby can grow larger & continue to develop.  I will get more into the development needs during each trimester in a later post.

Piling on pounds causes complications to both baby & mother,  you can see why this is so important & not just a superficial need to be a certain size…I know that with all of the hormones raging & cravings it is not easy, but be sure to have lots of healthy foods readily available.

Lots of Fresh Fruits to snack on
Lots of Fresh Fruits to snack on

Keeping junk food snacks out of the house is important too, outta sight, outta mind.  Oh yeah…and occasionally…have a cheat.  Just not everyday.  It also helps so much if your partner is on the healthy band wagon too…although Papa Bear has sweet cravings.  I’m good as long as I don’t see it, but I think it is cute that dad’s have cravings too.

POSSIBLE COMPLICATIONS OF OBESITY FOR THE MOTHER

Being obese during pregnancy increases the risk of various pregnancy complications, including:

  • Gestational diabetes. Women who are obese are more likely to have diabetes that develops during pregnancy (gestational diabetes) than are women who have a normal weight.
  • Preeclampsia. Women who are obese are at increased risk of developing a pregnancy complication characterized by high blood pressure and signs of damage to another organ system, often the kidneys (preeclampsia).
  • Infection. Women who are obese during pregnancy are at increased risk of urinary tract infections. Obesity also increases the risk of postpartum infection, whether the baby is delivered vaginally or by C-section.
  • Overdue pregnancy. Obesity increases the risk that pregnancy will continue beyond the expected due date.
  • Labor problems. Labor induction is more common in women who are obese. Obesity can also interfere with the use of certain types of pain medication, such as an epidural block.
  • C-section. Obesity during pregnancy increases the likelihood of elective and emergency C-sections. Obesity also increases the risk of C-section complications, such as wound infections. Women who are obese are also less likely to have a successful vaginal delivery after a C-section (VBAC).
  • Pregnancy loss. Obesity increases the risk of miscarriage.

POSSIBLE COMPLICATIONS TO THE BABY

  • Macrosomia. Women who are obese are at increased risk of delivering an infant who is significantly larger than average (macrosomia) and has more body fat than normal. Research suggests that as birth weight increases, so does the risk of childhood obesity.
  • Chronic conditions. Being obese during pregnancy might increase the risk that your baby will develop heart disease or diabetes as an adult.
  • Birth defects. Research suggests that obesity during pregnancy slightly increases the risk of having a baby who’s born with a birth defect.

I am now 21 weeks and have gained 9lbs from my pre-pregnancy weight.  I am right on track for the recommended 25-35lbs.  The baby’s development is perfect & I feel so good!  I have tons of energy & am very much looking forward to meeting our little miracle.   Even more importantly helping him to stay the pure conscious soul that I know him to be.

BABY K.A.M. 21 Weeks
BABY K.A.M. 21 Weeks

Cayenne Pepper (Capsicum frutescens)

CAYENNE

“If you master only one herb in your life, master cayenne pepper. It is more powerful than any other.” Dr. Schulze

Scientific Name: Capsicum frutescens
Origin: India, Pakistan and China are the major producers, varieties originating from these countries are among the hottest types. Named after the high-heat chilies grown in the vicinity of the Cayenne River in French Guiana.
Parts Used: dried, ripened fruit pod
Color: Orange-Red to Red

These spicy lil peppers pack a powerful punch!
These spicy lil peppers pack a powerful punch!

Besides being a very popular spice in cooking, Capsaicin has also been used medicinally for thousands of years. Many herbalists believe that Capsaicin is the most useful and valuable herb in the herb kingdom, not only for the entire digestive system, but also for the heart and circulatory system. It acts as a catalyst and increases the effectiveness of other herbs when used with them. High in Vitamins A, C, B complex, calcium and potassium, Capsaicin is a wonderful healing aid for the digestive system since it acts as a catalyst and increases the effectiveness of other foods and herbs when used with them. It is also very healing for the heart and circulatory system. Studies have shown that Capsaicin can rebuild the tissue in the stomach and the peristaltic action in the intestines.

Cardiovascular-Capsaicin pepper is capable of a variety of beneficial effects on the cardiovascular system. It reduces the chance of developing atherosclerosis, reducing blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels. It also reduces platelet aggregation and increases fibrinolytic activity. Cultures that consume a lot of Capsaicin pepper have much lower rates of cardiovascular disease.

Topical Effects-When applied on the skin or mucous membranes, capsaicin stimulates and then blocks the pain fibers of small diameter which will deplete a neurotransmitter called substance P. Substance P is considered the major transmitter of pain impulses. It has’also been shown to activate inflammatory mediators in joint tissues, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Clinical Applications-Capsaicin lowers body temperature by stimulating the central cooling of the hypothalamus in the brain. It seems that people who live in the tropics covers high temperature by the use of pepper spray.
Capsaicin creams can also benefit from a number of conditions, including disorders (postamputation pain, postmastectomy pain, postherpetic neuralgia, diabetic neuropathy, cluster headaches, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Topical capsaicin may be useful for the treatment psoriasis.

Pain Relief-Capsaicin has been found to relieve pain associated with shingles (herpes zoster), a clinical condition known as postherpetic neuralgia. Clinical trials have shown that about 50% of those who were improved compared capsaicin, compared with 10% for placebo.
Topical application of capsaicin applied can be effective in reducing the pain of trigeminal neuralgia, a painful condition of the main nerve of the face is characterized by severe, stabbing pain affecting the cheeks, lips, gums or chin on one side face. In one study, over 80% of those treated with capsaicin responded favorably. This is remarkable because there are no drugs available for this condition, except for surgery. Capsaicin may help relieve pain after breast reconstruction or mastectomy.

Mouth pain due to chemotherapy or radiation-Capsaicin was found to reduce the pain of mouth sores resulting from chemotherapy or radiation treatment dramatically in a clinical trial

Diabetic Neuropathy-Diabetic neuropathy is a painful nerve disorder caused by prolonged diabetes. Capsaicin has been shown a significant benefit in relieving the pain of this
condition.

Cluster headaches-Cluster headaches are migraine headache types, characterized by severe pain, usually located around one eye. Double-blind studies have shown that intranasal applica

tion of capsaicin cream is a special given by the doctor may relieve cluster headaches. Episodic patients showed a more favorable treatment than the chronically ill patients.

Arthritis-Capsaicin can effectively relieve pain of osteoarthritis and or rheumatoid arthritis. But

Psoriasis-Capsaicin has been found to reduce the scale, the redness and severity of psoriasis.
Easy ways to use Capsaicin
Directly consuming the Capsaicin peBesides being a very popular spice in cooking, Capsaicin has also been used medicinally for thousands of years. Many herbalists believe that Capsaicin is the most useful and valuable herb in the herb kingdom, not only for the entire digestive system, but also for the heart and circulatory system. It acts as a catalyst and increases the effectiveness of other herbs when used with them. High in Vitamins A, C, B complex, calcium and potassium, Capsaicin is a wonderful healing aid for the digestive system since it acts as a catalyst and increases the effectiveness of other foods and herbs when used with them. It is also very healing for the heart and circulatory system. Studies have shown that Capsaicin can rebuild the tissue in the stomach and the peristaltic action in the intestines.

Cardiovascular-Capsaicin pepper is capable of a variety of beneficial effects on the cardiovascular system. It reduces the chance of developing atherosclerosis, reducing blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels. It also reduces platelet aggregation and increases fibrinolytic activity. Cultures that consume a lot of Capsaicin pepper have much lower rates of cardiovascular disease.

Topical Effects-When applied on the skin or mucous membranes, capsaicin stimulates and then blocks the pain fibers of small diameter which will deplete a neurotransmitter called substance P. Substance P is considered the major transmitter of pain impulses. It has’also been shown to activate inflammatory mediators in joint tissues, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Clinical Applications-Capsaicin lowers body temperature by stimulating the central cooling of the hypothalamus in the brain. It seems that people who live in the tropics covers high temperature by the use of pepper spray.
Capsaicin creams can also benefit from a number of conditions, including disorders (postamputation pain, postmastectomy pain, postherpetic neuralgia, diabetic neuropathy, cluster headaches, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Topical capsaicin may be useful for the treatment psoriasis.

Pain Relief-Capsaicin has been found to relieve pain associated with shingles (herpes zoster), a clinical condition known as postherpetic neuralgia. Clinical trials have shown that about 50% of those who were improved compared capsaicin, compared with 10% for placebo.
Topical application of capsaicin applied can be effective in reducing the pain of trigeminal neuralgia, a painful condition of the main nerve of the face is characterized by severe, stabbing pain affecting the cheeks, lips, gums or chin on one side face. In one study, over 80% of those treated with capsaicin responded favorably. This is remarkable because there are no drugs available for this condition, except for surgery. Capsaicin may help relieve pain after breast reconstruction or mastectomy.

Mouth pain due to chemotherapy or radiation-Capsaicin was found to reduce the pain of mouth sores resulting from chemotherapy or radiation treatment dramatically in a clinical trial

Diabetic Neuropathy-Diabetic neuropathy is a painful nerve disorder caused by prolonged diabetes. Capsaicin has been shown a significant benefit in relieving the pain of this
condition.

Cluster headaches-Cluster headaches are migraine headache types, characterized by severe pain, usually located around one eye. Double-blind studies have shown that intranasal application of capsaicin cream is a special given by the doctor may relieve cluster headaches. Episodic patients showed a more favorable treatment than the chronically ill patients.

Arthritis-Capsaicin can effectively relieve pain of osteoarthritis and or rheumatoid arthritis.

Psoriasis-Capsaicin has been found to reduce the scale, the redness and severity of psoriasis.

Easy ways to use Capsaicin
Infusion: (a tea) by adding 1/4 to 1/2 tsp of powder to a cup of boiling water. This is the best way to get the most out of most herbs but especially Capsaicin

Capsaicin cream: may be applied directly to the affected area up to four times a day. May cause some initial burning or itching, but these symptoms should disappear quickly.

Capsaicin capsules:(30 to 120 mg, three times daily)

Directly consuming the Capsaicin pepper

 

*Source: Some of the information from this article comes from http://www.shirleys-wellness-cafe.com/NaturalFood/Cayenne.aspx