How can drinking raw apple cider vinegar (ACV) help you become firm and cute? By re-adjusting your microbiome. Read on to see how.
Benefits of raw ACV
I regularly tell my clients to start their day off with a tablespoon of raw apple cider vinegar (ACV) for weight loss and/or gut issues. Why? Because Drinking ACV, daily, has not only been found to help with weight loss but it also helps regulate blood sugar, treat ulcers and reflux, is detoxifying, lowers blood pressure, and much more!
Raw ACV contains high amounts of enzymes, prebiotics, probiotics, minerals AND polyphenols making it an overall super tonic!
Prebiotic Super Powers
Amazingly, the polyphenols found in raw ACV have been found to actually help readjust your microbiome for the better. How? They seem to suppress “fat loving bacteria” called Firmicutes (fir-MIH-cue-tees) and allow for growth of better “weight managing” bacteria called Bacteroidetes (BAC-teer-OY-deh-tees) (1).
Research has found that overweight individuals have higher amounts of Firmicutes bacteria in their gut compared to slender individuals. Slender individuals seems to have higher amounts of Bacteroidetes when compared to overweight individuals.
Firmicutes bacteria are built to digest complex carbs and actually increase fat absorption. Firmicutes bacteria may even stimulate you to eat more of these types of foods so that they can be fed. Higher levels of firmicutes have also been found to turn on genes that increase your risk for obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease (1)! It’s obvious that an overabundance of the bacteria from the “firm and cute family” want you to be anything BUT firm and cute!
However, the polyphenols, found in raw ACV, feed the Bacteroidetes found in your gut, acting as an effective prebiotic. As your amounts of Bacteroidetes improve, your levels of Firmicutes go down.
Repetitive ingestion of prebiotic foods like raw ACV, can help readjust your microbiome, and eventually tip the scales (both internally and externally) for the better.
But I Hate the Stuff!
Struggling with drinking it? Dilute with water (remember use a straw as it’s acidic and overtime will effect teeth enamel) and/or add honey to it. Still struggling with drinking it? Make an active effort to add it into your meals. Use it in your salad dressing, drizzle some on meat and/or soups or mix it in dips. Remember to not heat it, as many of its beneficial properties will be lost if exposed to high heat.
Adding raw ACV to your daily diet is one of the easiest ways to not only help improve your gut bacteria but help improve your overall health as well.
Just another super simple step that you can implement TODAY for better health.
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Inspiration and Source: Brain Maker: David Perlmutter, MD
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Are you finding yourself lacking the ability to stick to your health related goals? Do depressive thoughts such as “what’s the point” seem to take over after a few days of following a diet or plan of some sorts and then you stop? Instead of praising yourself for your accomplishments, after a few days of sticking to your plan you instead start experiencing feelings of worthlessness and discouragement?
Lack of motivation, commitment and discipline are usually what we tell ourselves are the reasons as to why we can’t stick to a specific plan. But what if I told you that while the above reasons may play a role with your inability of following through, an underlying reason may be a lack of dopamine?
Dopamine is associated with the pleasure system in our brain and people with low dopamine experience hopelessness, worthlessness, and self-destructive thoughts. One of the defining characteristics of low dopamine in the brain is lack of motivation.
Some symptoms of low dopamine:
It’s not just about taking dopamine pre cursor supplements or eating dopamine enhancing rich foods. The transport of individual components and the synthesis of these components in the brain, that finally form dopamine, are many.
One key factor for the synthesis of dopamine in the brain is THB. While you don’t need to remember its full name (tetrahydrobiopterin) what IS important to know is that it is a byproduct of folic acid.
Folic acid is a b vitamin found in sources such as leafy greens and liver and since it cannot be produced by our bodies, we must supplement through diet.
This byproduct of folic acid, THB is produced only by healthy gut bacteria in our stomachs.
Healthy gut bacteria occur when we consume a diet rich in fermented foods and probiotics. So while you may be consuming ample amounts of folic acid in your diet and or taking all the additional supplements supporting it, if your gut is lacking in healthy bacteria and THB is NOT being produced, you’re brain lacks the ability to synthesize dopamine. Leaving you struggling with many symptoms, including the inability to follow through on your goals.
This is just one of the many benefits that a diet rich in fermented foods and drinks benefits not only our bodies but our minds too. Another easy way to eat, in a way, to feel your best!
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If your kids drink fruit juice or sodas they'll love tepache! Tepache is a wonderful fermented pineapple drink that tastes just like pineapple soda. It contains no unhealthy unknown soda ingredients and it's bubbly evervesance quality is due to beneficial healthy probiotics! Use this easy to follow recipe, below, to make your own today! Just another way to add probiotics into your families diet in a super economical and effortless way!
What you’ll need to make ½ gallon of tepache:
TEPACHE DOs and DON'Ts
What is Kefir?
Kefir is similar to a drinking-style yogurt, but contains many more beneficial probiotics than what is found in yogurt. The naturally occurring bacteria in kefir combine to form a beverage that has superior health benefits when consumed regularly! It's loaded with valuable vitamins and minerals and is an extremely efficient and inexpensive way to consume your probiotics.
What you’ll need:
KEFIR DOs and DON'Ts