A superfood is defined as a food with significant health benefits due to its exceptional nutrient density.
The benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) are pretty awesome, and it’s so easy to incorporate into your meals, or mix with water and just drink.
Because of its anti-yeast, anti-viral and anti-fungal benefits, Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) improves gut health.
It also reduces cravings through blood sugar stabilization. No more hangry!
ACV alleviates heartburn, acid reflux and indigestion when small amounts are incorporated into meals.
ACV is even more effective when consumed in conjunction with four additional superfoods: Lemon,Turmeric, Cinnamon and Ginger. These superfoods work synergistically with ACV to support gut health , reduce inflammation and stabilize blood sugar.
Lemons are an excellent source of Vitamin C, a primary anti-oxidant that helps protect cells from damaging free radicals. The juice of one lemon provides 19mg of vitamin C. RDA is 65-90mg.
Research has shown that the polyphenol anti-oxidants found in lemons significantly reduce weight gain due to the effects on stabilizing blood sugar and improving insulin resistance.
Drinking warm lemon water first thing in the morning (add turmeric, black pepper, cinnamon, ginger and ACV) activates the digestive system and works as a laxative, preventing constipation. It also prevents bad breath caused by dry mouth by stimulating saliva production.
Contrary to popular belief, the citric acid in lemon juice paradoxically makes urine less acidic and may even break up small kidney stones.
Turmeric, a root that grows underground, packs a major health punch. Curcumin, it’s active ingredient, is anti-bacterial, anti-microbial as well as anti-inflammatory by blocking the action of inflammatory molecules in the body.
Turmeric/Curcumin is also an anti-oxidant by being a robust scavenger of oxygen free radicals, chemically active molecules that cause damage to the body’s cells. Combining turmeric with black pepper has been shown to increase curcumin absorption by an impressive 2000%.
Turmeric has also been shown to lower bad cholesterol (LDL’s) and triglycerides as well as reduce the spread of cancer cells, contribute to the death of cancer cells as well as decrease the negative side effects of chemotherapy.
Cinnamon – this spice comes from the inner bark of a small ever green tree and has anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties.
Cinnamon also contains large amounts of polyphenol anti-oxidants which help protect the body from illness and disease. These anti-oxidants also have anti-inflammatory effects.
Cinnamon also has pro-biotics that promote the growth of beneficial gut bacteria and suppress the growth of pathogenic bacteria in the gut. Including this powerful spice regularly in your diet will improve gut health. Taken as a hot drink, cinnamon is also known as a carminative, treating flatulence and improving digestion.
Cinnamon is also a source of calcium and manganese, which contributes to the metabolism of macro-nutrients, bone formation, blood clotting and reduction of inflammation.
Ceylon Cinnamon has a sweeter and more subtle flavour than the stronger potency of Cassia Cinnamon. Cinnamon should be stored in an airtight container in a dark place. Whole cinnamon can last up to a year.
Ginger is loaded with anti-oxidants, compounds that prevent stress and damage to your body’s RNA.
Ginger also has anti-inflammatory benefits and is known to be particularly good for preventing growth of bad oral bacteria that cause gum disease and poor periodontal health. Its chemical compounds also halt the growth of bacteria like E-Coli and shigella, and they also keep viruses like RSV at bay.
Taken before meals, ginger aids dyspepsia (chronic indigestion) by aiding the digestive tract to empty faster, leaving less time for food to sit and cause problems.
BIO: Chantal is a B.Sc.Hons Allied Health with an international diploma in Nutrition and Sports Nutrition. Chantal is a passionate Gut Health advocate & Functional Medicine Health & Lifestyle Coach, specialising in the improvement and management of the chronic diseases of lifestyle, the illnesses and diseases associated with dietary excess and their relationship to leaky gut and dysbiosis (imbalance) of the gut microbiome. These conditions include IBS, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, overweight, obesity, acne, eczema, depression, anxiety, auto-immune, hormone imbalance, cancer, cognitive decline etc.
Over her 25 year career, Chantal has held various positions within the health and wellness industry – including 10 years as the Executive Head of Vodacom’s corporate wellness & mobile health programs. Chantal is the owner/ founder of the DripBar which offers vitamin and mineral drip therapy in improving micronutrient deficiencies. She is also the founder/owner of a Kombucha brewery which produces the brand of organic green tea ‘booch’ called theFarmacy.
Chantal is a competitive cyclist, a plant strong vegan and mom to two grown up girls.
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