Happy Friday, I hope you are all enjoying the Holiday season. I have made my way down to Maryland for the first part of the holidays and am enjoying watching Bode (my dog) play with his sister Abby (my parent’s dog). Not to mention, this is the one time of year where I over-sleep. Sorry, not sorry.
Sleep is one of the most essential pieces of your health. And, I’m just like the rest of the world, I sometimes skimp on sleep in order to get everything else on my to-do list done. The nice part about traveling for the holidays is that a. I’m done my shopping & wrapping in advanced, so no last minute trips to the stores needed AND b. I’m not at home so I don’t have 500 things to do around the house.
Self-care is the most overlooked and underappreciated tool we have in our health toolbox. This time of year as the parties are raging and the stress can be high, make sure to take time for yourself. Go ahead, sleep in, relax, take some rest days and just enjoy the reason for the season.
Aside from sleep, there are a lot of other factors that contribute to your overall health and self-care. One that is incredibly important is the health of your gut. As Hippocrates said (5 million years ago) “All disease starts in the gut.”
Gut health has been an emerging trend in the health & wellness industry. People are realizing you cannot just put a band-aid on your health by taking pills and ignoring signs & symptoms. It is NOT normal to have poor digestion. It is NOT normal to be bloated all the time, have heartburn, indigestion, constipation and/or diarrhea. It is normal to have a healthy, functioning gut where the go is regular and not painful.
I had my own issues with digestion back in high school and college. The doctor suggested I go on Prilosec for my heartburn and indigestion. I did NOT have a Prilosec deficiency, but that was the only suggestion I received. I wish I had known more then, but once I cleaned up my diet, eliminated gluten and added in some gut healing foods (like apple cider vinegar), I no longer had to deal with daily heartburn, bloating and/or indigestion. What a novel idea!
Apple Cider Vinegar
Usually, when people have indigestion or heartburn it is not that they have too much stomach acid, it is actually that they have too much acid in the WRONG PLACE.
Some people have been promoting taking a shot of apple cider vinegar before meals to aid in digestion. And while yes, the acid can help to promote and aid in digestion, the vinegar alone may hurt your teeth, throat and be too acidic to take by itself.
For those who have wanted to take apple cider vinegar, I have suggested mixing with water or using in things like salad dressing to reduce the acidity. Then, at Expo East, I met the lovely people at Vermont Village and was introduced to their Vinegar Shots. They are meant to be taken alone OR mixed into recipes. They are 99.7% Organic and contain ingredients you can actually recognize.
For example, their Blueberries & Honey Vinegar Shots have the following ingredients:
RAW, ORGANIC & UNFILTERED APPLE CIDER VINEGAR (WITH THE ‘MOTHER’), ORGANIC HONEY AND ORGANIC BLUEBERRIES.
That’s it! With ingredients like that, I was instantly ready to try it out. They are delicious, easy to take alone or mix into other things like dressings, drinks, etc. I’ll have to try these out in an upcoming recipe, stay tuned.
I am a sucker for a local company. Vermont Village is in my neighboring state of Vermont and can be found in stores like Price Chopper, Walmart, Hannaford & Rite Aid. They have these delicious & portable shots as well as Apple Sauce, Apple Cider Vinegar & Sipping Vinegars. Go check them out on social,
and tell them I sent you 🙂
Ps. I have a giveaway going on until Tonight on my Instagram page if you want to enter to win a box of their Blueberries & Honey Vinegar Shots.
That’s it for this week’s Friday Favorites. I want to hear what YOU do for your gut & digestion to help it work like a well oiled machine in the comments.
Pin Now, Take Shots Later