Posts Tagged ‘bad breath’

A Spoonful of Honey Helps The Vinegar Go Down

July 28, 2015

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There has been a lot of buzz about apple cider vinegar and the health benefits associated with it. Studies have shown that consuming just a few tablespoons of the unfiltered, organic variety, can help regulate blood sugar, aid in weight loss, and promote better digestion.

In a Japanese study, subjects who drank water infused with apple cider vinegar lost 1 to 2 pounds more than their counterparts who consumed plain water. It is said to help stimulate the genes to break down fat. While one or two pounds aren’t exactly earth shattering, it is not a bad side effect.

Apple cider vinegar has antibacterial properties that can break down plaque, and fight bad breath, as well as sore throats.

ACV is a fermented food, which has been shown to encourage the growth of healthy bacteria in your gut, facilitating better digestion.

It is also shown to keep blood sugar levels in check, and contains polyphenols, which have been linked to possibly reducing cancer risk.

Drinking apple cider vinegar is not the most palatable, and taking it straight up may burn your esophagus, and damage tooth enamel. It is best to mix a tablespoon or two into a full glass of water, and add a little honey or a dash of fruit juice to sweeten it a bit. It can also be added to your morning smoothie.

It may not be a magic pill, but it can’t hurt to try it!

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Vampire Weekend

May 17, 2013

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Garlic is not only tasty, but it’s also good for your health. Studies have shown that consuming garlic, from a supplement or the actual plant is proven to reduce blood pressure as much as some prescription drugs. Eating four or more cloves per day, is also thought to lower bad cholesterol (LDL)by 9% and the risk of colon cancer by 30%.

The downside of garlic is the pungent odor on your breath, which can linger for several days. Unless you are looking to fend off a vampire attack, that can be an unpleasant side effect. According to a new study in the Journal of Food Science, drinking a glass of low fat milk along with your garlic heavy meal can keep your breath smelling fresh. Researchers are also testing the effects of lemon juice and green tea, in preventing the dreaded garlic breath.

So, go ahead and indulge in a garlicky meal, just be sure to drink your milk. Your bones, and your significant other will thank you.

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