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Health & Beauty Benefits Of Coconut Oil 0

Coconuts are a true superfood. They supply the body with so many health and beauty benefits. Coconuts have long been a staple for many people living in tropical climates, but they are finally becoming a staple here in the U.S. and worldwide. Here are some of the many benefits of coconut oil.

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14 Ways To Love Apple Cider Vinegar 0

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Here are 14 reasons you may want to make apple cider vinegar ( aka the ultimate health and beauty elixir ) a staple in your health and beauty routine for 2014.

ACV Health Benefits

 

 

– can clear a stuffy nose

– soothes a sore throat

– relieves body cramps

– controls blood sugar

– boosts metabolism

– lowers cholesterol

– maintains bone health

– relieves arthritis pain by preventing calcium build up in the joints

– reduces swelling in the body

 

ACV Beauty Boosters

 

 

– a natural, brightening skin toner

– whitens teeth, removes stains, and kills bacteria

– fights age spots due to it’s natural sulfur content

– improves circulation in the body, thus lessening the appearance of varicose veins

– clears skin… acne remedy, anti-bacterial, and pH balancing

 

There are so many great ways to incorporate ACV into your daily health and beauty regimen. Give it a try and let us know your favorite ways to use this natural health and beauty elixir!

Cocoa vs. Cacao… What’s the difference? 0

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As the “superfood” takeover is at a high, chances are you have been hearing a lot about goji berries, chia, dragonfruit, flax, acaihemp seeds, maca powder, and last but not least… cacao. But what is cacao? Is it just a fancy name for chocolate in disguise?

The most common misconception is that cocoa (think hot chocolate, M&M’s, chocolate chips, and the most commonly consumed forms of chocolate) and cacao (an amazing “superfood”) are the same thing, just spelled differently. This couldn’t be further from the truth.

Chocolate is made of the beans from the cacao tree, so in essence, cacao is chocolate in it’s purest form. Not only is cacao a tasty treat, it is jam packed with benefits. Cocoa on the other hand, is not…

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Though cocoa does contain small amounts of cacao, it also contains other ingredients such as sugar (and lots of it), fat, unhealthy oils, and artificial flavorings. Yes, it’s delicious, but unfortunately… not so nutritious.

Cacao on it’s own has quite a unique and different flavor and consistency than the chocolate we all know and love. The cacao bean is quite bitter, whereas chocolate is sweet and creamy. This is due to the added sugar, cream, etc. The good news is, there are many types of “healthy” chocolates available to satisfy your sweet tooth.

How can I tell which chocolates are “healthy” you may ask. The easiest way to determine a “healthy” chocolate from a “not so healthy” chocolate is by looking at it’s percentage of cacao. Aim for 70% and higher to ensure your body reaps some of the healthy benefits of cacao including glowing skin and hearth health and avoids the not so healthy pitfalls of sugar, milk-fat, highly processed oils, and other not so nice ingredients found in cocoa. You can also find chocolates sweetened with agave, coconut syrup, palm sugar, and other natural sweeteners.

Remember, moderation is the key! If it is good old-fashioned chocolate you are craving, then indulge yourself and have a bite (or two)… but if you are looking for a sweet treat that may do more good than harm, give cacao a try. You may be pleasantly surprised.