Sour and… happy!

Today is a good day. I found out an awesome fact!🌟 🌟 🌟 I love vinegar (that is not THE FACT), and I add it to my salads, to some of my dishes, and I love picked veggies (I even drink the juice of the jar. For me it seems totally normal, but for some reasons people usually look at me odd). So, the awesome fact is that vinegar indeed helps to lose weight (I had suspicion, since it is an acid after all) and not in some extreme and unhealthy way. The experiment was conducted to help people with diabetes (and this is a big problem in America) and see how vinegar can help them (if you are interested to read more about an experiment, you can follow to the link here). Drinking vinegar helped reduce the usual blood sugar spikes in the insulin-resistant subjects (insulin sensitivity improved by 19%). It helped the diabetics to a lesser extent. My main point is not about diabetes though, but about weight loss. The experiment didn’t help very much with diabetes, but patients dropped pounds of weight. Maybe it is not as good to fight diabetes, but certainly good for your waist line. Funny that this fact is not publicly known. Maybe because, as with many other “cheap-natural-products”, vinegar costs less than 20$, while medications, while other programs and medications cost 10-20 times more. Way to make people pay somebody else’s houses on Hawaii. Whatever it is, having a spoon of 5% vinegar before meal (especially high-carbs meal!) is a worthy shot, in my opinion. I will do it and even will bring a bottle of vinegar to work! Hopefully, in a month or two, I will be able to give you my “report” on that matter.
Now, since we are on topic of vinegar, let’s talk about more benefits!

DIfferent types of vinegar and an egg

1. Vinegar is a source of dietary polyphenols, which are antioxidants and defend against oxidative stress. Apple cider vinegar induced a protective effect against erythrocyte, kidney, and liver oxidative injury, and lowered the serum lipid levels (at least in mice)

2. A case-control study demonstrated that vinegar ingestion was associated with a decreased risk for esophageal cancer. Because acetic acid in vinegar forms acetate ions in the stomach, it may possess antitumor effects.

3. According to a study, consumption of oil and vinegar salad dressings (five to six times or more per week) significantly lowered the risk for fatal ischemic heart disease in women participants (men, I am pretty sure it would help you too!)

4. Apple cider vinegar also helps break up mucus by its natural antihistamine effect, so… it can help with stuffy nose and allergies!

5. Kidney stones form when a person’s urine becomes too acidic and concentrated, forming crystals from the uric acid or oxalates. Vinegar works by alkalizing the urine, thus preventing the formation of kidney stones. Vinegar may even help to break down the ones that are already formed.

6. Apple cider vinegar can help with upset stomach or diarrhea

7. Take a teaspoonful of apple cider vinegar; its sour taste could stop a hiccup in its tracks 😀

8. As soon as you feel the prickle of a sore throat, employ germ-busting apple cider vinegar to help head off the infection at the pass. Turns out, most germs can’t survive in the acidic environment vinegar creates. Just mix 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar with 1/4 cup warm water and gargle every hour or so.

9. Also it helps with dandruff, acne, nighttime leg cramps and bad breath.

More detailed information can be found here and here

Of course, nothing is perfect in our world. Some people might have stomach problems, which are incompatible with vinegar. In this case you need to talk to your doctor. Also, DO NOT forget, that you can’t consume vinegar acid (or 90%+ vinegar), because as a real acid, it will burn you from inside and it can be even fatal. Some injuries taken from vinegar acid are permanent, so never-ever try to put it in your mouth. Also, according to one case-control study in Serbia, vinegar ingestion was associated with a 4.4-fold greater risk for bladder cancer, so I am not saying that vinegar it is a magical elixir, but it has very strong benefits against low risks.
Conclusion: YES! SO next time when you sip light vinegar and your face will crinkle, these facts from above will help to bring your smile back to your face 😉

Time to wake up! Ice face washing!

I am sorry, this supposed to be The First Post of The New Month (it is about wellness, but does not involve food), however, I was so busy at work, that I missed one week previously 😓 Either way, no more time to waste, lets dig in!

I think everybody knows that cold ❄ preserves things from decomposition (open your freezer and receive evidences, if you don’t believe me), so can it also help your skin to stay younger longer or it will just damage the skin? I hate cold, personally, but I couldn’t walk away from this opportunity. From the ancient times ice was used by royal women as a treat for their skin. Every woman wanted (and still wants) to stay young as long as possible. I am no exception, so I use ice cubes!
Cold tighten your skin and pores. It helps with oiliness and redness and also helps with “puffy-eyes”. Change of temperature entails blood to circulate differently, and that is a big game changer. In a long run it does help you to look better and to preserve your skin from aging. Looking online at what other people say about ice washing, you can notice that they also mention that their skin began to “glow”. Nice bonus! 😉
Conclusion? It is a nice practice to start your day with an ice-cube washing. Your face will look refreshed, eyes will look rested and… it certainly will help you to wake up! If you do it twice a day – in a morning and before going to bed, it won’t hurt you, for sure. One more tip – ice doesn’t have to be “just water”. You can use chamomile 🌼 water, cucumber water or other variation for your needs or desires. This will add even more benefits to the ice face washing, nourishing and cleaning your skin. Stay happy and beautiful!😊

Food of the Kings! Or Gods?

I think it is time to talk more about good stuff, so not everything feels so depressing. There are tons of different types of food that you can consume, but getting my DNA results leaded me to talk about… asparagus 🌱

First of all, asparagus is suuuuper low on calories. Per 100 grams you get only 20 calories, isn’t it cool?! It is also rich on Potassium, Vitamin A, Iron and more. Now, let me feed you with health-miraculous benefits of it, because this vegetable IS amazing and was called by Nefertiti “food of the Gods” for a reason (articles are here and here ):

  • Besides low calories, its spears contain moderate levels of dietary fiber. 100 g of fresh spears provide 2.1 g of roughage. Dietary fiber helps control constipation conditions, decrease bad (LDL) cholesterol levels by binding to it in the intestines and regulate blood sugar levels. Studies suggest that high-fiber diet help cut down colon-rectal cancer risks by preventing toxic compounds in the food from absorption.
  •  Its shoots have long been used in many traditional medicines to treat conditions like dropsy and irritable bowel syndrome.
  •  Fresh asparagus spears are a good source of anti-oxidants such as lutein, zeaxanthin, carotenes, and cryptoxanthins. Together, these flavonoid compounds help remove harmful oxidant free radicals from the body protect it from possible cancer, neurodegenerative diseases, and viral infections. Their total antioxidant strength, measured regarding oxygen radical absorbance capacity (ORAC value), is 2150 µmol TE/100 g.
  •  Fresh asparagus is rich sources of folates. 100 g of spears provide about 54 µg or 14% of RDA of folic acid. Folates are one of the essential co-factors for the DNA synthesis inside the cell. Scientific studies have shown that adequate consumption of folates in the diet during pre-conception period and early pregnancy helps prevent neural tube defects in the newborn baby.
  •  If you’re planning on conceiving, asparagus is your vegetable. Asparagus is a source of high-quality vitamin C, which keeps sperm healthy, as well as increasing its volume and mobility.
  •  Its shoots are also rich in the B-complex group of vitamins such as thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine), and pantothenic acid. These group of vitamins is essential for optimum cellular enzymatic and metabolic functions.
  •  Fresh asparagus also contains fair amounts of antioxidant vitamins such as vitamin-C, vitamin-A, and vitamin-E. Regular consumption of foods rich in these vitamins helps the body develop resistance against infectious agents and scavenge harmful, pro-inflammatory free radicals from the body.
  •  Its shoots are also an excellent source of vitamin-K. 100 grams carry about 35% of DRI. Vitamin-K has potential role bone health by promoting bone formation activity. Adequate vitamin-K levels in the diet help limiting neuronal damage in the brain; thus, has established a role in the treatment of patients with Alzheimer’s disease.
  •  Asparagus is an excellent source of minerals, especially copper and iron. Also, it has small amounts of some other essential minerals and electrolytes such as calcium, potassium, manganese, and phosphorus. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure by countering effects of sodium. Manganese used by the body as a co-factor for the antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase. Copper required in the production of red blood cells. Iron is essential for cellular respiration and red blood cell formation.
  •  And finally, another health benefit – asparagus is also supposedly great for your sex-life. For centuries it has been regarded as a powerful aphrodisiac. Aside from its phallic shape, asparagus stirs up desire in both men and women 💕. This is due to the large amounts of vitamin E present which stimulates the production of sex hormones.

Now when we know how healthy asparagus is, I want to add some interesting facts to it (and you can read more about it here https://www.thelocal.de/20140509/10-things-you-didnt-know-about-asparagus :

  •  First of all, the reason why I mentioned my DNA test is that it told me that I have a gene that makes me smell “asparagus pee” (and I can indeed). So fact #1 is everyone makes “asparagus pee,” but not everyone can smell it. Scientific study has confirmed why some individuals don’t notice the uniquely pungent urine experienced by others after eating asparagus: The sulfurous compounds in asparagus pee are highly correlated with a condition called “specific anosmia,” the genetic inability to smell certain odors.
  • Apparently eating asparagus, before and after drinking alcohol can have beneficial effects 🍷. If you’re planning a night out on the tiles, eating the vegetable before you start drinking could help protect your liver. The minerals and amino acids it contains not only protect the liver from toxins, the enzymes in asparagus can help break down the alcohol and alleviate hangovers. (OH MY GOD, isn’t it a miracle?!😵)
  • White asparagus is in fact the same as green asparagus, but grown underground. German farmers plant their asparagus under mounds of soil called hillings. Deprived of sunlight which prevents the development of chlorophyll (the green pigment in plants), the spears stay white. No magic or genetic modifications! Just hard work of farmers.
  • Asparagus was considered as food of the kings for a long time and not everyone was able to eat it. Appreciate it.

And lastly, I want to share how I cook asparagus. I like to put it on a baking sheet, add olive oil, sea salt, and sometimes sprinkle some small bacon pieces over it. Bake it at 375 degrees, for 15-20 minutes. Yummy! 😋

Conclusion: Huuuuge +! Asparagus is so great for your health, while low on calories, that everyone should eat it, seriously! Time to run to the store!