Friday, September 25, 2009

BODY TRIVIA

Your body is an amazing system. If you take good care of it, it will take good care of you. Here are just a few things you may not know that I’d like to share with you today.

Did you know...

The thickness of your skin varies from 1/2 to 6 millimeters, depending on the area of your body.

The four taste zones on your tongue are bitter (back), sour (back sides), salty (front sides), and sweet (front).

The five senses are sight, hearing, smell, touch, and taste.

Your body contains eight pints (3.79 liters) of blood.

The strongest muscle of the body is the masseter muscle, which is located in your jaw.

Muscles normally account for 40% of one's body weight.

There are 230 joints in the body, 37 of which are in your neck.

The large intestines are five ft (.61 m) long and are three times wider than the small intestines.

Most people shed 40 lbs (16.14 kg) of skin in a lifetime.

Your body is 70% water.

When you sneeze, air rushes through your nose at a rate of 100 mph (160.93 km/h).

An eyelash lives about 150 days before it falls out.

Your brain sends messages at the rate of 240 mph (386.23 km/h).

About 400 gallons (1,514.16 liters) of blood flow through your kidneys in one day.

You blink your eyes about 20,000 times a day.

Your heart beats about 100,000 times a day.

Humans breathe 20 times per minute, more than 10 million times per year and about 700 million times in a lifetime.

You have about 100,000 hairs on your head.

There are 10 million nerve cells in your brain.

Each of your eyes has 120 million rods, which help you see in black and white.

Each eye has six million cones, which help you see in color.

One in 12 men is color blind.

Placed end to end, all your body's blood vessels would measure about 62,000 mi (99,779.33 km).

You see with your eyes and hear with your ears, but your eyes must send a message to your brain in order for you to see, and your ears must send a message to your brain in order for you to hear.

Your brain weighs 2 percent of your total body weight. It uses 20 percent of your body's energy.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

What Are The Health Benefits Of Apple Cider Vinegar?

Is drinking apple cider vinegar going to improve your health? Fix your gout? Balance your blood sugar? Many people are devoted to their daily shot of apple cider vinegar. According to hearsay… apple cider vinegar is a cure all for a multitude of complaints such as arthritis, poor digestion and dandruff. But what is fact and what is fiction?

The most famous proponent of the benefit of drinking apple cider vinegar goes way back! Hippocrates claimed it would cure many common ailments including ear infections and skin rash. No modern research has yet verified these two assertions.

However, recent studies do confirm that there are some significant health benefits of apple cider vinegar.

It improves insulin sensitivity and management of type two diabetes – How? By taking apple cider vinegar BEFORE MEALS which lowers your ‘glycemic index’ when eating carbohydrates. It’s like magic.

Better digestion - The acetic acid in apple cider vinegar helps prevent necessary gastric acid, mainly Hydrochloric acid, from leaving the stomach too soon. Food may be more easily digested with fewer unpleasant gassy problems.

Appetite control and weight loss – This alone is worth the price of a bottle. Several trials show that drinking apple cider vinegar BEFORE a meal has the benefit of curbing appetite. Participants noted an increased feeling of fullness and less desire for 'a little more'. Taking apple cider vinegar may support weight loss, in combination with exercise and sensible eating.

Here are some of the more likely stories about apple cider vinegar's healing powers, all based on historical folk remedies and anecdotal evidence.

Treatment of over-acidic conditions of the body, such as arthritis or gout - Although apple cider vinegar is acidic, it leaves an overall alkaline residue after digestion which is healthier for you.

Assisting in the treatment of yeast infections and candida - Although some standard vinegars may exacerbate ‘yeast infections’, women have found douching in dilution of apple cider vinegar to be helpful when treating thrush. Taking apple cider vinegar internally may reduce candida symptoms. It’s cheap and it’s worth a try.

Reducing swelling - apparently apple cider vinegar can REDUCE bruising quickly. Apply vinegar to a cloth and hold to injury for at least an hour. Alleviating dandruff - apple cider vinegar may be a helpful natural remedy for dandruff, because the acids in the vinegar kill the fungus causing chemical imbalances in the skin of the scalp.

How do you get the benefits of apple cider vinegar?

1) Use only raw unpasteurized apple cider vinegar, available in several varieties from all good health food stores. Unpasteurized apple cider vinegar is safe because the acid levels will kill unfavorable bacteria. The living vinegar provides copious quantities of enzymes, malic and tartaric acids, and valuable minerals, including potassium. The 'dead' supermarket varieties of vinegar will NOT contain enzymes and a mere fraction of the minerals of living vinegar.

2) Shake the bottle prior to use to disperse the threads of the apple cider vinegar producing 'bug'. These threads are the living part of the cider and may look unappealing until shaken up.

3) Take 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar (plus 1 teaspoon of honey if you prefer) in ½ a glass of pH water prior to meals.

4) If you not planning to eat, brush your teeth AFTER taking the vinegar. Too much apple cider vinegar has been found to damage tooth enamel due to its acidity. Just make sure to rinse after drinking it.

5) You can buy pH tests at the pharmacy, and test your pH. If you have an acidic result, apple cider vinegar may be especially appropriate for your system.