1. Water: this should be a no-brainer. Water will keep you alive, hydrated and help with digestion and alertness, to name a few benefits.
  2. Apple Cider Vinegar: I have an entire book on the benefits, but to name a few reasons, check out this article http://authoritynutrition.com/6-proven-health-benefits-of-apple-cider-vinegar/ it helps regulate blood sugar for me, kills harmful bacteria in the body, some say it helps with weight loss, but I think the acetic acid in it is something my body has grown used to for so long, it now relies on it each morning.
  3. Celery seed: Celery is sometimes used to treat joint pain (rheumatism), gout, hysteria, nervousness, headache, weight loss due to malnutrition, loss of appetite, and exhaustion. Some use celery promote relaxation and sleep; to kill bacteria in the urinary tract; as a digestive aid and for regulating bowel movements; to start menstruation; to control intestinal gas (flatulence);  treating menstrual discomfort; and for “blood purification.” How does it work? It is thought that the chemicals in celery act to cause sleepiness, increase urine to decrease fluid retention, decrease blood sugar levels (research shows).
  4. Garlic: makes the Cleveland Clinic’s list for supplying fiber and phytochemicals, plant chemicals believed to help ward against disease and increase immune system function. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), garlic is used to treat many health conditions, including: high cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart disease etc. not all of these are supported by firm research. I am not saying this is 100% valid. I just know that my body feels good when I have garlic consistently in my diet, and I like the taste.
  5. BCAAs: check out this article. http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/3-main-reasons-you-need-to-use-bcaas.htm there are TONS of articles out there, so do your own research and find what works for you. I have spent a lot of time reading these things and found that Modern BCAAs work for me, especially with added electrolytes. Remember, only worry about these if the rest of your diet is in check.
  6. Tripact protein: a whey protein that includes pea protein, organic spirulina to keep the body alkaline and probiotic enzymes to aid in digestion. There is also cinnamon to help regulate blood sugar.THIS ONE ROCKS BECAUSE OF THE TASTE, and ONLY 40 MG of SODIUM!!
  7. Fish oil: 2 capsules a day (I spread mine out)— said to promote heart health, according to the American Heart Association (AHA). Clinical trials have shown that omega 3 is effective in reducing the incidence of cardiovascular diseases (CVD). Fish oil is a great source of omega 3 and thus reduces the risk of heart diseases and heart arrhythmias, (I have myocardial arrhythmia; a heart murmur). Fish Oil has also been shown to improve weight loss, improve immunity and have anti-inflammatory properties. Remember, do your own research to explore what works for you!
  8. Hemp Seeds: They have the most concentrated balance of proteins, essential fats, vitamins and enzymes combined with a relative absence of sugar, starches and saturated fats. Raw hemp has been said to provide many health benefits, including: weight loss, increased and sustained energy, rapid recovery from disease or injury, lowered cholesterol and blood pressure, reduced inflammation, improvement in circulation and immune system as well as natural blood sugar control.  Some say it helps with “muscle definition.” There are numerous benefits hemp seeds have, you will be shocked to find out more!
  9. L-Carnitine: I initially started taking it to lose some weight long ago—it is an amino acid that helps transport long-chain fatty acids into the mitochondria where they are oxidized to produce eneergy. Basically they give your body an edge on using fat stores for energy. They have been studied to reduce fatigue and some say it suppresses appetite (not in my case), and can increase aerobic capacity. I find that I lift heavier when I take it too. In the past people have used it to ease angina, or heart pains people feel while exercising. It can slow down bone mass loss, increase brain function, boost immunity and more. Again, do your own research; these are simply things I include in my lifestyle because they work for ME!
  10. Coconut oil/ Hail Merry Cookies: a good source of saturated fat for me. Hail Merry cookies are made with: organic maple syrup, organic extra virgin coconut oil, organic shredded coconut, Madagascar bourbon vanilla, and sea salt. 50mg sodium in 2 cookies.
  11. Thyme: iron rich and even higher in Vitamin C.

Please note, if you are someone who does not already have a consistent exercise routine and a CONSISTENT, well-balance diet, do not worry about these things. These are things that take time to figure out. Some people may include cayenne pepper for example, in their diet each morning. The bottom line is, it works for them, and these things work for me! I wanted to share because some people are curious! These are things that over time have remained a part of my daily routine, but now and then, depending on how I feel, I may add in some other supplements and subtract others…. you have to listen to your body and consider your goals.

 

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