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Health at Every Size - these are the buzz words around the internet these days. Are you healthy? Do you want to be healthier?

What is health? The World Health Organization defined health in its broader sense in 1946 as "a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity". Being healthier doesn't mean losing weight. To you it might mean:

We would like to introduce you to a blog series on Intuitive Eating. This blog is written by Danielle Lithwick M.A., founder of Move Out Of Madness. With over a decade of combined education and experience in nutrition, yoga, psychology, addiction counselling, mindfulness, and personal training, she believes that how we move and how we eat should nourish not only our bodies but also our minds. Her mission is to teach people how to take the simpler and saner approach to exercise and eating using a personalized, skills-based, and compassionate approach to change. Her coaching services are rooted in non-diet and weight-neutral approaches to health and in the values of education, empowerment and enjoyment. She lives in Ottawa, ON Canada.

To read the series of blogs click the links below:

We are very happy to announce that we have a Registered Dietician on staff who will be writing our Health At Every Size series as well as answering a reader's question each month. You can read about Shari's philosophy and experience on our staff page. If you have a question for Shari, please email us at

Disclaimer: This advice is not intended to be a substitute for, nor does it replace, professional medical, health or nutritional advice.

Coconut Vinegar: A new hype?

"What the heck is this?" asked my sister, perplexed, as I came home, proudly clutching a brand-new bottle of coconut vinegar. If, like my lil sister, you're wondering the exact same thing, check out this article. You'll learn how coconut vinegar can greatly benefit your health and the best ways to use it.

What Exactly Is Coconut Vinegar?

Coconut vinegar is easily manufactured using either coconut water or the sap ('tuba') of the coconut tree. There's not an enormous difference between this vinegar and other available fermented vinegars such as balsamic and apple cider. If you've got to choose between the coconut water version and the sap one, go for the latter. Not only does it contain a much higher dose of nutrients but it also boasts more health benefits.

Although coconut vinegar just got under the limelight in the West, it has been a famous staple in Southeast Asia for quite a while now. It's even more popular in the Philippines and some areas of India. When unfiltered, this brownish tropical tonic is cloudy with a sweet and sour taste.

Health Benefits of Coconut Vinegar

  1. Great for gut health

    Thanks to the different enzymes, prebiotics, and probiotics in unfiltered coconut vinegar, this tonic can help:

    • Improve digestion by increasing stomach acid which often decreases with high consumption of processed foods, high levels of stress, and inadequate or poor quality sleep.
    • Reduce inflammation in the stomach - this can help sooth heartburn.
    • Strengthen the immune system by healing the gut lining.
  2. Antimicrobial properties

    The coconut is famous for its antimicrobial properties and so is coconut cider vinegar. The organic acids present in the vinegar kill harmful bacteria and prevent them from proliferating in the body.

  3. May help improve insulin sensitivity

    Coconut cider can help ameliorate the way insulin works. In other words, diluting two to three teaspoons of vinegar in some water and drinking this mixture 10 to 15 minutes before meals, could help control your blood sugar levels. Of course, you want to get the green lights from your doctor before trying this.

How about weight loss? Why isn't it included in the above list?

Simple: because there is no magic food or drink or tonic that can help anyone lose weight. If someone has a few (or many) pounds to shed, she/he should look into the root causes of this weight gain. From professional experience, I can tell you that most overweight or obese individuals do not eat too much or exercise too little. Most of them have digestive issues (not enough stomach acid), increased permeability of the intestines, chronic inflammation, hormonal imbalances, hidden infections, unknown allergies or intolerances. Since coconut cider vinegar can help with most of these issues, it may help someone lose weight. But again, the most effective way would be to target the root cause of the excess weight.

How to Choose Coconut Vinegar

To reap the most health benefits of coconut cider vinegar, select a brand that is unfiltered, organic, sugar-free, free of sulphites, preservatives, and chemical additives and which still contains the mother.

How to UseƂ Coconut Vinegar

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Submitted by: Shari

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