Though apple cider vinegar (ACV) makes for great sour pickles, tangy salad dressings, and even marinades, ACV has some impressive health properties too.
When you look at the research, you might wonder what ACV can’t do. The list of benefits is long, so we’ve highlighted a few:
1. Supports metabolism and weight loss
A tablespoon of ACV per day (about 1,000 mg) in a glass of water, food, or in supplement/gummy form, up to two times per day may support your metabolism, helping it burn fat a little faster.
This study even showed it may help reduce your risk of diabetes. But keep in mind: ACV isn’t a magic bullet! You’ll have to pair your daily dosage of ACV with all the other basics necessary for weight loss, like a clean diet and regular exercise.
If you’re a fan of probiotics, you might be a fan of apple cider vinegar. It’s great for digestion in similar ways…and ACV made with The Mother also contains beneficial bacteria with probiotic properties!
All types of apple cider vinegar contain acetic acid. These alter your digestive enzymes in a good way. It helps you process difficult-to-digest foods like fats, sugars, and the like, while boosting the absorption of vitamins and minerals.
Unfiltered apple cider vinegar with The Mother can help lower blood sugar levels. By its very nature, vinegar can regulate healthy blood sugar levels in the body, which is great for those with Type Two Diabetes.
It’s important to note the most effective and healthiest way to regulate blood sugar levels is to avoid refined carbs and sugar, but apple cider vinegar may also have a beneficial effect.
4. Supports detox and fights free radicals
Free radicals are pushed away since apple cider vinegar actually harvests them and keeps oxidation stress and damage from taking out important tissues and cell membranes. Unruly free radicals can land you all sorts of problems like arthritis, immune diseases, and even emphysema. ACV helps keep the correct amount of these free radicals to allow health to come to you and stay.
There’s much more to apple cider vinegar than these few benefits. For the wellness enthusiast, ACV is a dream come true: a 100% natural, nutrient-rich health tonic, helping you feel good from the inside out!
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It’s International Women’s Day, so we wanted to celebrate with an educational post on women’s health. Specifically, achievinghormonal balance.
hormonal balance is a large part of women’s health. Some examples of
hormone-related conditions are polycystic ovary syndrome, infertility,
irregular menstrual cycles, PMS, decreased libido or sexual function, acne,
depression, weight problems, night sweats, and thinning hair/hair loss, among
Luckily, there are some simple things you can do to achieve a happy hormonal balance.
Constant dieting can actually be harmful to overall health. Instead of worrying about guidelines and restrictions, focus on intuitive eating! Try incorporating these foods into your meal plan:
Leafy greens (spinach, kale, swiss chard) are full of fibre, vitamin A, calcium, and iron which are essential for women’s health. They also have high levels of folate which supports red blood cell production and healthy neural tube formation during pregnancy.
Exercise has significant effects on multiple hormones including estrogen, cortisol, insulin, testosterone, and human growth hormone.
Due to post-menopausal hormonal changes, women are at an increased risk of developing osteoporosis. Research has shown that resistance training, impact exercise, and plyometric exercise can help to reduce this risk and have positive effects on bone mass.
both cardio and resistance/strength-based training in your routine as each
stimulates the body and muscles in different ways. Incorporating different
forms of exercise will also keep your workouts interesting and sustainable for
the long haul!
Show your gut some much-needed appreciation by eating prebiotic foods, like whole oats, apples, leeks, onion, and asparagus. Consume probiotic foods that contain live microorganisms, such as yogurt, kefir, miso, sauerkraut, kombucha and other fermented food items. You may wish to add a prebiotic supplement or probiotic supplement to your daily routine to further help balance the intestinal system. And finally, keep a food dairy to pinpoint foods that you may be sensitive to and that you should avoid.
Work Towards Unconditional Self-Acceptance
Women are strong and incredible beings regardless of what societal pressures exist to look, act, speak, or dress a certain way. When women take an active role in self-acceptance, troublesome societal ideals can be made insignificant resulting in happier, healthier women. On top of that, accepting imperfections and practicing kindness/compassion towards oneself can help to buffer anxiety and increase psychological wellbeing.
self-love and acceptance comes in many forms, so participate in a few that make
you feel fantastic! Go ahead and take some ‘me time’, write a list of things
that you love about yourself, find an inspiring self-love mantra, and most
importantly, do the things that make you happy! Self-love isn’t selfish,
it’s part of being a healthy, confident woman!
Happy and Healthy International Women’s Day from all of us here at Dr Tobias!
We receive a lot of questions regarding both probiotics and prebiotics:
What’s the difference between the
Are they safe to take together?
What do they do?
We’re here to answer these commonly asked questions and explain why these two play a major role in achieving better digestion, improved immune response, and a host of other health benefits.
has both good and bad bacteria, and a healthy gut is well balanced between the
two. If you experience gut issues, one cause might be that your gut bacteria is
imbalanced. Queue probiotics!
good bacteria that live in your body and help:
Break down and digest food
Support the immune system
Improve gut health
consume probiotics, this good bacterium gets added to the population of healthy
microbes in your gut.
can be taken through both food sources and supplements.
Most fermented foods contain probiotics which include sauerkraut, yogurt,
kombucha, miso, pickles and kimchi.
Every probiotic is different because of the variation in bacterial strains. For example, Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium are two common strains known to improve digestion and support gut health. In the Lactobacillus strain alone, there are over 120 species!
Dr Tobias Health Tip: When buying probiotic supplements, it’s important to note the strains it contains. We recommend a multi-strain probiotic that targets your specific gut health concerns. Each Dr Tobias probiotic contains a multi-strain formula with both Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium strains.
prebiotics don’t contain any bacteria. They’re a type of dietary fiber that helps
feed and grow good bacteria in your gut. We like to think of them as fertilizer
for good bacteria.
they can be found in food sources and supplements.
The fiber inulin is a prebiotic that can be found in foods such as bananas and
asparagus. This fiber isn’t digestible by your body, so it passes through the
digestive system and becomes food for bacteria and other microbes.
contain both prebiotics and probiotics are called synbiotics. These include
cheese, kefir, and some varieties of yogurt.
safe to take together?
The short and simple answer is YES!
sound similar, but they both play different (and complementary) roles in improving
your gut and digestive health.
With so many vitamins and dietary supplements on the market today, deciding which vitamins are best for you can get overwhelming. Depending on your age, lifestyle, and diet, some vitamins take precedence over others. To help you out, we’ve put together a list of the essentials; whether you’re a woman in your 20s or 50s, we’ve got you covered.
Your 20s is the perfect time to implement a preventative plan and take control of your health. To begin, ensure you’re receiving a wide range of vitamins and minerals on a daily basis.
If you struggle to meet the daily recommended nutritional requirements through your diet alone, we highly recommend incorporating a multivitamin into your daily routine. For women specifically, look for a multivitamin that contains effective levels of vitamin A, C, D, and E.
Vitamin A is essential for preserving eyesight and healthy skin. Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of blindness in North America, which is why we need to do everything in our power to prevent vision loss as we age.
Vitamin C and E fight free radical damage which is linked to many age-related diseases that affect your heart, eyes, skin, and brain.
Vitamin D helps your body absorb calcium which supports a healthy immune system and stronger bones.
Our Adult Multivitamin contains the daily recommended dose of vitamins A, C, D, and E. There’s also a wide range of added vitamins and minerals including calcium, magnesium, zinc, and biotin.
For many women, this period of life involves an increase in responsibilities such as being in the workforce full time, taking care of finances, childbearing, and raising a family. This increase in responsibility often leads to an increase in stress levels.
Stress has a long list of negative side effects. A few of them include:
health issues such as a weakened immune system,
skin issues like premature aging and acne,
and mental health issues such as anxiety and depression.
That’s why it’s extremely important to include a source of antioxidants in your daily routine to help combat stress. Not only do antioxidants fight stress, but they also strengthen your immune system to help prevent illness.
Vitamin C and E are both rich in antioxidant properties. Vitamin C, in particular, improves immunity and helps fight free radicals. As an added benefit, it protects your skin from environmental pollutants and supports the creation of collagen, which increases the skin’s elasticity and youthful look. Vitamin E helps fight inflammation, which is partly caused by stress, to ultimately slow down the aging process and promote healthy, youthful looking skin.
Dr Tobias Smart Immune contains powerful antioxidants including vitamin C and E that are naturally-derived from non-GMO ingredients like graviola leaf, raspberry, green tea, curcumin root and more.
A lot of health problems can stem from an imbalance in our gut. When your gut is off balance, it typically means you have a large number of bad bacteria. Bad bacteria increases as a result of things like stress, antibiotics, and chlorinated water.
Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that create a healthy gut and digestive system. They help eliminate the “bad stuff” in your gut like chemicals, toxins, and bad bacteria. The benefits of probiotics on women’s health are endless:
They help treat and prevent
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Urinary tract infections
Promote gut health
Support heart health
Keep in mind not all probiotics are the same. Different probiotic strains have different effects. That’s why we developed a probiotic specifically for women. Dr Tobias Deep Immune for Women contains probiotic strains that promote and support women’s health. It’s a powerful combination of probiotics, prebiotics and cranberry extract that work together to support yeast balance, urinary tract health, and a healthy digestive system.
Although this part of life involves many exciting moments, most women say menopause isn’t one of them! Let’s face it, menopausal symptoms are no fun, but there are supplements you can take to decrease them.
Look for a supplement that includes natural ingredients like black cohosh, dong quai, licorice and red clover. These ingredients have been shown to help balance hormones and decrease menopausal symptoms including the occurrence of hot flashes.
Dr Tobias Enlightened Woman is made with non-GMO ingredients, including black cohosh, dong quai, licorice and red clover, to help decrease unpleasant menopausal symptoms, naturally.
Important for all ages
Fish oil contains omega-3 fatty acids which are great for supporting overall health, especially for the heart and brain.
It’s important to find a premium quality fish oil that has high Omega-3 contents. Our best-selling Omega 3 Fish Oil only comes from fresh, wild-caught fish, so you get 3 times more Omega 3 fatty acids in each serving. It’s also designed with the perfect EPA to DHA ratio to help your body absorb Omega 3 and get the most out of every dose.
Please note these are general guidelines, as everyone has their own individual needs. It’s best to consult your doctor or physician to figure out what those needs may be.