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!😊

Such a tiny pill, so why I feel so bad???

What pill I am talking about 💊? I mean vitamins. This article will be short, but I found this information useful, because I had this problem personally. One time I bought vitamins at the Big Lots (uh oh) and each time I took one in a morning, I felt nausea. It was surprising, because I used to take vitamins before and never had this problem. I thought that I bought bad quality vitamins, so after few “almost threw up”, I threw them away. Maybe it was dumb of me, and maybe everybody else know why it happened, but I didn’t. Then I got some nice vitamins for women – good reviews, etc. I took a pill in a morning, and guess what happened? Yep, I felt nausea again. So, I decided to research this matter and it wasn’t hard to find an answer. Apparently, when you take a vitamin pill on an empty stomach, the pill which is not a coated capsule dissolves way too fast, which irritates your stomach and as a result, makes you nauseous. Thus, it is absolutely normal, you just need to eat first or take vitamins with food. Of course, you can try to have vitamins in coated capsules (it does help! That’s what I used to take) or chewable, for example, but it is still a good practice to eat first (or during) and not irritate your stomach. For more information you can check out this article: https://www.womenshealthmag.com/health/reasons-vitamins-cause-nausea
I want to mention, that if eating first still doesn’t help, you really should consult with your doctor.
Conclusion: it is not something unusual, if you feel nauseous after taking a vitamin pill 💊. You just need to take vitamins after or with food! 🍗 😋

First post of the new month!

I decided that first post of every month will contain wellness tips related to other things, rather than food. I want to share this very nice exercise that I discovered once on internet and using it since. Why it is so wonderful? Because it is very easy, takes only 20 seconds and with time it does work! Couldn’t believe it myself, but my butt does look better now! If you are busy, tired, you still can do it every day, because it is just 20 seconds! Of course, you can do it more often then once a day, it will be even better 😉 What I find also important, that it is so easy and fast, that it isn’t hard to make it a habit, because most of exercising plans fail, since we start doing too much right away and just getting “a hangover”.
So, what is this magic position 🙌? It is very similar to the yoga position named Chair Pose. I am attaching picture that came with this article about this pose, which is not written on English. So yeah, once or twice a day, 20 seconds, just stand still in this position and it will be a great beginning of your exercising routine! This position can work for any gender, if you don’t have any knees problems.

Short and sweet, as promised 😁