Skip the salty aisle

“I reached my goal weight after I stopped routinely buying snacks at the grocery store. If I wanted a bag of chips or a candy bar, I had to walk to the store to get it. That inconvenience usually made me ignore my cravings.” —Heather Del Baso, Worcester, MA

Swap your go-to order

“I used to eat out at restaurants up to nine times a week! By cutting back to just once a week and ordering a grilled chicken salad instead of a large bowl of pasta, I’ve lost 20 pounds in one month.” —Kerri Butler, Joplin, MO

Tweak your lifestyle

It’s a familiar story: You pledge to honor a daily elliptical routine and count every last calorie. But soon, you’re eating cupcakes at the office and grabbing happy hour mojitos, thinking, Oops, diet over.

There is a better way: Swap the all-or-nothing approach for one or two healthy switch-ups in your daily routine. “Doing this can lead to more weight loss than you ever imagined,” says Marissa Lippert, RD, author of The Cheater’s Diet.

In fact, we talked to readers who knocked off 10, 25, even 60 pounds with some easy tweaks. Borrow their slim-down secrets to transform your body the real-world way

Food Is Medicine: 21 Ways Apple Cider Vinegar Can Change Your Life

Apple cider vinegar (or ACV for short) is known as a superfood with incredible healing properties! 

For centuries, people have been using vinegar as a natural remedy to fight off infections, treat fevers and improve digestion. Nowadays, the acidic liquid that many enjoy on salads is used for just about anything and everything.

Along with improving health, many men and women use ACV for beauty reasons. Did you know it can be used as a natural hair conditioner? How about soothing a sunburn?

Some people even ditch chemical-laden cleaning products and use ACV to wash their windows and countertops.

So what makes ACV so powerful? Well, it’s loaded with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and enzymes! There’s a catch, though. Not all apple cider vinegar is created equal. If you want to reap the greatest benefits, there are a few things you’ll want to look for when picking out the perfect bottle. I’ll tell you what those things are in just a minute. But first, let’s take a look at 21 healing benefits of apple cider vinegar.

The Health Benefits

Beauty and “Other” Benefits

How To Pick Out The Perfect Apple Cider Vinegar

When you’re walking down the aisles of your grocery store in search of the perfect bottle of apple cider vinegar, don’t judge a book by its cover. Rather than looking for crystal clear vinegar, you’ll want to choose one that looks murky. Organic, unfiltered, unprocessed vinegar has a cloudy look to it.

When you look through the murky vinegar, you’ll even notice a cobweb-like substance floating in it. This is actually desired. It’s called the “mother,” which means it still contains the beneficial compounds (including probiotics).

A simple step to stop diabetes

Diabetes is a symptomatic disease: You get it because of a more serious underlying condition … insulin dysfunction. But one basic food ingredient may defeat this illness and put you on a path to optimal health.

All you have to do is eat more dietary fiber.

The number of people in the world suffering with diabetes is expected to reach a staggering 550 million by the year 2030.

Why is that important to you? Because that also translates to a massive increase in people with heart disease, nerve damage and other health issues associated with elevated blood sugar … an easy thing to have happen with the standard diet that’s fed to us.

But an eight-country study supports what many forward-looking researchers have been hawking to the medical establishment for years: Making dietary fiber a primary facet of the diabetes conversation can offer significant health dividends.

The research shows that fiber’s benefits start to most effectively begin kicking in when you consume more than 26 grams a day. When you consider that an apple has 4 grams of fiber, a cup of raspberries has 8 and a cup of instant oatmeal has 4 grams, you can see that getting that much fiber a day seems like it shouldn’t be that difficult.

The problem is that food companies are so wedded to selling us processed items that have had had the fiber removed, that most people don’t realize what’s been done to their food. That’s why we only average about 15 grams of fiber daily.

Easy ways to get more fiber include:
  • If you eat a food made with grains, make sure you eat the whole grain version. Whole grains have most of their fiber intact. Read the label: Make sure a whole grain is listed as the first ingredient.
  • Eat your apples with the peels on. That preserves more of the fruit’s fiber.
  • Skip vegetable and fruit juice and eat raw vegetables and fruits instead. They have the juice locked into natural fiber that releases the sugar more slowly, and gives you a healthy fiber boost.
  • In general, avoid the white versions of grains (white bread, white rice, white pasta) which have had the fiber removed.

When you begin to increase your fiber intake, take it slow. Do it gradually. Your digestive system may need time to get used to the extra fiber. Eat too much fiber too fast and you will probably run into digestive distress.

Type 2 diabetes is the most preventable of all chronic diseases. If you’re pre-diabetic, have a family history or want to turn your health around, you can discover more natural health tips in Dr. Michael Cutler’s eBook, Forbidden Secrets From Nature’s Pharmacy to Reverse Diabetes and Blood Sugar Problems.