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Get that Heart Pumping!

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In honor of American Heart Month, it is time for you to get your heart pumping! Any form of exercise is beneficial to your health, but for this month in specific, why not take the time to focus on your heart. People tend to focus externally on their bodies and get caught up on the physical appearance, that too often people forgot that it all starts from within. Staying active to benefit your health internally is the foundation you need to get a better workout overall. Here are some exercises that will really target your heart and give it the extra attention it deserves!

Just keep swimming, just keep swimming…

Swimming is known to be one of the best aerobic exercises you can partake in. You need as little as two and half hours of swimming a week to start seeing instant results. The exercise itself puts less stress on your joints and bones, that it could pose as beneficial for those who are overweight or suffering from joint conditions. The exercise really has no limitations and is perfect for just about anyone!

Stair Stamina

Whether you use a stair machine or actual stairs that can be found almost in every household or apartment, it is no doubt that it will give you a good workout. The incline embedded into every step helps you reach maximum heart rate in not time. It’s convenient, yet challenging!

Dance to Your Heart’s Desires

Who wouldn’t want to get up and bust a move when you hear a contagious beat? Dancing is by one of the most enjoyable ways to get in that cardio – simply because you don’t even realize that you are giving your heart a little workout in the process. Dance can range from so many styles – zumba, salsa, hip hop, etc. – that you can really cater it to how you are feeling and what music is inspiring you at the moment. The best part – you don’t need a fancy studio, you can do it at the comfort of your own home!

Tai Chi Chill Zone

Since we are focusing on ways to ensure that we are exercising ourselves from within, Tai Chi is a great option! It is a low impact exercise that uses slow body movements combined with deep breathing and concentration which benefits the mind, the body, and contributes to overall heart health. It is a win-win for your body internally, that you will start to notice a difference in how you tackle other exercises that target different parts!

Give your heart some love this February season!

 

Love,

Diana Banzon

 

Apple Cider Vinegar: Fad or Fail?

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My mom has always sworn by apple cider vinegar, but is this just a trend or does the benefits really amount to all the hype it has received? Let’s investigate as to why this magic elixir has gotten so much buzz in the health industry and come to a conclusion whether it is something you should consider implementing into your daily routine!

What is apple cider vinegar?

It i made out of crushed apples or apple cider that is then exposed to yeast. The sugars eventually ferment into alcohol. Bacteria is then added to the alcohol solution, which further ferments it to acetic acid – an active ingredient in vinegar.

1. Regulates blood sugar levels

Consuming apple cider vinegar was found to decrease blood sugar levels by an average of 31% percent. Further studies proved that giving diabetic rats apple cider vinegar managed to reduce blood sugar levels over a span of as little as four weeks. In relation to blood sugar levels, vinegar ingestion improves insulin sensitivity to those facing diabetes.

2. Helps promote weight loss

Studies show that vinegar can increase satiety, causing you to eat 200-275 fewer calories than usual.

A study in 175 people with obesity showed that daily apple cider vinegar consumption led to reduced belly fat and weight loss (13):

  • 15 mL (1 tablespoon): Lost 2.6 pounds, or 1.2 kilograms.
  • 30 mL (2 tablespoons): Lost 3.7 pounds, or 1.7 kilograms.

Despite the results not being too significant during a three month span, this has the potential to make a difference and add up over a matter of time if done consistently.

3. Improves heart health

With vinegar having the ability to lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels, it eventually translates to reducing heart disease risk factors in the long run. Improvement seen within blood sugar levels, insulin sensitivity, and diabetes all contribute to reducing the risk of developing heart complications. 

4. Harnesses properties that could fight against cancer

Apple cider vinegar contains properties that have the capability to kill cancer cells and reduce the size of tumors according to some studies that have been tested on rats. However, studies that have been tested on humans that show that vinegar consumption is in fact linked to a decrease in esophageal cancer in China.

5. Improves skin health

Vinegar has antibacterial and healing properties, which treats both active acne and the scarring that is left behind. The lactic acid in the vinegar is responsible for lightening pigmentation caused from acne and is proven to show the results in as little as three months under consistent use.

 


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